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Topic: Robots

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Feel the erotic union of man and shavebot

In the new DDB spot for Philips’ RoboSkin moisturizing shaving system, a dude hits the shower with a sexy feminine robot, which proceeds to give him a shave. And while…

Greetings, Mr. or Mrs. Bag of Mostly Water

[PHONE RINGS]  Hello?  Hello. We’re calling to let you know about a special offer on...  Excuse me. But...are you a robot?  ...luxurious timeshares in...  Because, I don't talk to robots. …

Nearsighted scrap pile gets post-office job

If you are feeling a disturbance in the Force, it may be because the U.S. Postal Service is siphoning what goodwill remains toward the Star Wars franchise with these…

All of a sudden, car ads are to die for

Volkswagen apparently has some “edgy” work on tap, including a commercial called “Jumper,” in which a suicidal man on a ledge changes his mind after a stranger tells him about…

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