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Re: robots....
Max The Magnificent   2/24/2017 4:03:33 PM
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@David: ...Zimbabwe does not have any robots...

...yet...

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Re: robots....
David Ashton   2/24/2017 4:00:20 PM
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@Max...Well Zimbabwe does not have any robots, so there's no confusion.

(I think the traffic light version came from Robot Policeman)

Aside - I also think it's a bit of a silly name, but it does make me one of the few people in the world who, if told "turn right at the third robot" will understand perfectly :-)

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Re: robots....
Max The Magnificent   2/24/2017 9:29:41 AM
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@David: ...A robot is a Zimbabwean traffic light...

If you call a traffic light a robot in Zimbabwe, then what do you call a robot? (Why don't you just call a traffic light a traffic light, thereby avoiding any confusion?)

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robots....
David Ashton   2/24/2017 12:10:34 AM
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A robot is a Zimbabwean traffic light (as previously pointed out by my fellow Zimbabwean Antedeluvian).

An android is a type of cellphone.

A cyborg is a thing like the Terminator in the movies.

....too easy!

 

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Re: Robot android cyborg
Max The Magnificent   2/23/2017 5:47:29 PM
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@Traneus Rex: ...A robot is [...] an android is [...] A cyborg is [...]

Well, that makes sense.

So, how long do you think it will be before someone starts a joke by saying "A robot, an android, and a cyborg walk into a bar, and the barman says..."

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Robot android cyborg
traneus   2/23/2017 5:23:06 PM
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From en.wictionary.org:

A robot is a machine that performs complex tasks.

An android is a robot made to resemble and act like a human.

A cyborg is part human and part machine.

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Re: Uncanny valley at ESC Boston
Max The Magnificent   2/23/2017 10:47:07 AM
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@Traneus Rex: ...The uncanny part was her face, which looked plastic due to excessively thick makeup...

When I was at university I was part of a crowd of about 20 people -- 1/2 guys & 1/2 gals -- one of the girls was really hard to talk to -- usually in a conversation the conversational ball bounces back and forth between the participants -- but in this case you would say something and the "ball" would bounce her way and drop into a well of nothingness -- it was hard work...

So now imagine combining my friend with the lady you met -- it woudl be easy to get the feeling you were talking to an android.

Speaking of which -- what's the difference between a robot and an android and a cyborg?

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Uncanny valley at ESC Boston
traneus   2/23/2017 10:34:56 AM
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A few years ago at ESC Boston, I had a reverse uncanny valley experience with the woman tending one booth in the Exhibit Hall. I read her as human, based on her movements (walking gait, arms at rest hanging down rather than held up, liquid meniscus between eyeballs and eyelids, etc.) and had a conversation with her. The uncanny part was her face, which looked plastic due to excessively thick makeup.

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Re: Yes, Paul Zerdin was hilarious
Max The Magnificent   2/13/2017 10:02:39 AM
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@Jim: ...they will only make me laugh so much I'll start coughing...

That's just one more service I offer... you're welcome :-)

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Yes, Paul Zerdin was hilarious
Jimelectr   2/11/2017 2:02:55 AM
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On America's Got Talent!  Only I'm not going to watch the clip again, nor the Nina Conti one right now because they will only make me laugh so much I'll start coughing, and I'm still sick enough that the sinus pressure in my head will make it hurt.  Hopefully this weekend I'll kick this illness for good.  So I can watch these hysterical videos without the pain (oh, and so I can get back to work without infecting my coworkers, too!)

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