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

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Human Beings

Could it be? Are we all robots?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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Captchas

What does a robot do when it gets to a web page with a checkbox that says “I’m not a robot”?

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The Gate at Jabba’s Palace

The gate at Jabba’s palace in “Return of the Jedi” talks to droids, or has something inside it that talks to droids. So is it a robot?

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Autonomous Sailboats

They roam the ocean, scanning for important data and relaying their information home. There are no humans on board. Are these lonely sea voyagers robots?

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Shardik

The robotic guardian of the Beams. He looks like a bear but has a satellite dish on his head. He’s a thousand years old.

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Nintendo R.O.B.

Game controller, robot, or total embarrassment?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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Pronunciation

ˈrōˌbät or rōbət?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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Naked Robotic Core

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

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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Mechagodzilla

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

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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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?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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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?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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