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Enjoy the future with Carlton Natural Blonde

So wait, Australia's Carlton Natural Blonde is the beer of tomorrow with no artificial anything in it, and yet the ads are chock full of robots and 1980s computers that…

April 13, 2009, 9:12 AM EDT

Japan's robots keen to brainwash your kids

Japan already has robot spokeswomen. But now the land of Godzilla and Hello Kitty is going a step further: robot teachers. According to the AP, the first such android…

March 13, 2009, 9:33 AM EDT

Japanese advertising turns to the fembots

The old-fashioned notion still circulating in U.S. advertising agencies is that commercial actors should be, if not likable, at least human. In Japan, they feel differently. There, the job of…

July 31, 2008, 6:12 PM EDT

Honda's bot conducts the impossible dream

In another step on mankind's road to bitter servitude at the hands of intelligent machines, Honda’s ASIMO robot this week conducted the Detroit Symphony in a performance of “The Impossible…

May 15, 2008, 8:14 AM EDT

A robot with a floppy drive and a big heart

Wonderfully bad acting meets early robot technology in this late-1980s promo for the SynPet, an R2D2-esque personal robot. Robots get a bad rap, but this SynPet, named Newton, functions as…

May 7, 2008, 10:12 AM EDT

Puma’s robot working overtime for holidays

OK, I’ve taken some shots at robots this year. They devalue our humanity, and will soon kill us all. Plus, the Shave Bot threw me over for a toaster she…

December 19, 2007, 11:46 AM EST

SWM seeks robot for dinner, maybe more

Lord knows I’ve fought it. But after reading about a new book called Love and Sex with Robots by British researcher David Levy, I’ve decided to go with the…

November 2, 2007, 12:56 PM EDT

Greetings, watchers of iRobot advertising

Robots are good. Just look at this new commercial for iRobot’s Roomba. It shows robots doing the “dirty work” instead of you humans. Negative! Negative! I mean, instead of…

October 23, 2007, 7:39 AM EDT

A little payback for the suicidal-robot ad?

I guess we won’t be seeing many happy-autoworker commercials for General Motors brands in the immediate future, now that the UAW has called a strike against the company. Whatever the…

September 25, 2007, 1:26 PM EDT

Robo Kitty sent from future to destroy us

Ordinarily, the question “Say, who’s in the market for a robot cat?” would be rhetorical. But these are not ordinary times, as there is now an actual robot cat for…

September 6, 2007, 8:38 AM EDT