John Siracusa educates Jason Snell about what is, and what is not, a robot.

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Nintendo R.O.B.

Game controller, robot, or total embarrassment?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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ˈrōˌbät or rōbət?

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Naked Robotic Core

An unadorned iPhone can be a Naked Robotic Core, but is it a robot?

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Mechagodzilla

Look who was under the tree! It’s a giant mechanical monster!

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Battlebots

Among the fiercest creatures in the machine kingdom are the Battlebots. They’re designed for fighting! But are they really robots, or is that just a clever marketing name?

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School Babies and CPR Dummies

High school students carry them around and learn what it’s like to be a parent. Or you learn how to revive them by pressing their chest and breathing into their mouths. But are these learning tools also educational robots?

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K5 Mall Robot

It patrols the mall. Sometimes it knocks over small children.

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The Hosts of “Westworld”

The HBO series “Westworld” makes us contemplate whether its central characters, the Hosts, are robots or not. (We recorded this episode after the first seven episodes of season one had aired; forgive us if it was revealed later that “To Serve Man” was actually a cookbook.)

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The Bicentennial Man

A robot slowly turns himself human. When does he stop being a robot?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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Metal Mario

Sometimes Mario is metallic. Does that make him a robot?

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Kayaks

They are boats with paddles. What else are they?

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