Saw a billboard for a hospital advertising its robotic surgery, and this is where my brain went.
Yeah, first we give the robots scalpels…then MAYHEM!
“Boop…anesthesia costs too much…boop…EX-TER-MIN-ATE…”
Y’know, Daleks would’ve been scarier with a scalpel in place of the toilet plunger.
So I look at this one and I think of a really old joke from years back: The guy in the coat is saying “let me wash up after that exam” and the guy on the couch says “That sure was a thourogh exam, but this is a psychiatrists office, and why are you wearing a lab coat?” and the guy with the coat says “Oh, I’m not the doctor, I’m just here to paint the walls”
But I like yours better ShoEboX….
you had me at boop.
@movie guy steve: Sorry, pal, but I have to call you on a nerd foul. The Daleks aren’t robots – there’s a squishy organic xenophobe inside every one of those overgrown salt shakers.
Besides which, involuntary surgery (or “upgrades”) is more a part of the Cybermen’s shtick, except that they aren’t robots either. But then again, that line of thought does circle back around to “where [-=ShoEboX=-'s] brain went…”
I’m calling everyone I see today “meatman”, unless they can provide convincing proof of their status as a robot. Observance of the Three Laws can only be accepted as circumstantial evidence, unfortunately.
The part that really boings my poing is how they reer to anything mechanical as a ‘robot’ when it should only be a robot if it has some programming and the computer operates it automatically. Now we’re going to need a separate word for that, and then THAT will start being the word for every machine @_@
I’m totally putting this on the robot (DaVinci) at work.
@Million zillion: I accept the nerd foul. I was never a Dr. Who watcher. My knowledge of Dr. Who is gleaned entirely from what I overhear from power nrrd conversation.
@ColdFusion: Language evolves, as do word meanings. Only dead languages don’t change. Accept and move on. Boop. However, I suggest that we start using “thingie” for non-robotic mechanical bits. “Program the robot so it can work on the thingie!”
@movie guy steve: Hmmm… looking back, I think my first comment came out much more harsh than I’d intended. I’m glad you took it as lightly as I had meant it.
You make a good point about languages. After all, the work “robot” comes from a Slavic verb meaning “to work”. (Bonus points if you can name the playwright who first used it. Without Wikipedia or Google) A robot was originally “someone/something that does work”, and not necessarily mechanical.
@ million zillion- I’ll take a stab and say the bard, not because I know but because he was always making up words. Also, hypothetical question for you- who’d win, Dalek or the the Borg?
That was too many “the”s.
@Lenny: Shakespeare is always a good bet when the question is posed in English, so props for playing the odds well. However, in this case the correct answer is much more modern than that (early 20th century). To keep this short, I just put the answer in the link from my username.
Daleks vs. Borg? I dunno about who’d win, but it reminds me that the Borg are a lot like the Cybermen (who want to “improve” all other lifeforms by converting them into more of themselves) and both are sort of a philosophical opposite to the Daleks (who want to destroy EX-TER-MIN-ATE any lifeform that isn’t already one of themselves). There’s a thesis in there, somewhere…
I remembered the play was called R.U.R., but I’m not sure I ever knew who the author was.
Karl Capek, a Czech author, wrote R.U.R. which stands for Rossum’s Universal Robots, in 1920, though the robots in the play are more like clones than our idea of robots.
I guess anything that does work could be called a robot, using the original definition, and I love doing that.. but that still tends to preclude something you’re controlling either directly or remotely. A better term for that kind of device is a Waldo, though that implies a puppet-level of direct control.
Lol it’s funny, whenever people argue that they should say Robotnik instead of Eggman, I’m just like “why should his name be ‘worker’ ?”
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