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Robot or Not?

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Society & Culture
Philosophy
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Jason Snell asks John Siracusa to rule on the meaning of various words and concepts. It’s not just about robots anymore.

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Jason Snell asks John Siracusa to rule on the meaning of various words and concepts. It’s not just about robots anymore.

iTunes Ratings

75 Ratings
Average Ratings
70
3
2
0
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Zeppelin

By Violinknitter - Apr 04 2017
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Of all the podcasts I listen to, this one has the silliest premise.

simple but effective

By joecab - Sep 15 2016
Read more
It's goofy. But funny. And brief. But interesting.

iTunes Ratings

75 Ratings
Average Ratings
70
3
2
0
0

Zeppelin

By Violinknitter - Apr 04 2017
Read more
Of all the podcasts I listen to, this one has the silliest premise.

simple but effective

By joecab - Sep 15 2016
Read more
It's goofy. But funny. And brief. But interesting.
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Robot or Not?

Latest release on Jan 13, 2020

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Jason Snell asks John Siracusa to rule on the meaning of various words and concepts. It’s not just about robots anymore.

Rank #1: 40: Swimming Pool Cleaners

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C-3PO's toaster oven - Things that clean your swimming pool: are they Roombas or just dumb hoses? Also, if a toaster can’t be a robot, can a robot be a toaster?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Jan 11 2016

3mins

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Rank #2: 152: Milk

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Legal news: Is Almond Milk milk?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Mar 04 2019

5mins

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Rank #3: 153: Live Action

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If the new “Lion King” film features CGI animals talking with other CGI animals, is it a “live-action” movie or just a different kind of animation? What about a movie like “Avengers: Infinity War”?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Mar 18 2019

8mins

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Rank #4: 130: Sweaters

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It's all unraveling - Listener Ed, we’ve got bad news.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Apr 30 2018

2mins

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Rank #5: 129: Pets

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Do chickens count? - What makes an animal a pet?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Apr 16 2018

9mins

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Rank #6: 2: Service Kiosks

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Supermarket self check-out and ATMs - John’s position on supermarket self-checkout machines, Jason’s need for beer when he visits his in-laws, and whether attaching arms to things makes them robots.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

May 25 2015

4mins

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Rank #7: 16: Siri

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What about Jason's iPhone? - So-called intelligent agents.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Jul 27 2015

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Rank #8: 19: Marvin the Paranoid Android

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Life... don't talk to me about life - Your plastic pal who’s fun to be with!

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Aug 17 2015

2mins

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Rank #9: 109: Sport

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Baseball? Is not sport, is game. - What makes something a sport, and not an exercise or a game?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Jul 10 2017

14mins

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Rank #10: 102: Sandwiches

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What is a sandwich? - Exploring what makes a sandwich, while also discussing the history of food, sandwiches as satire, and the difference between llamas and camels.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Apr 03 2017

8mins

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Rank #11: 163: Family

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What constitutes family? Blood relatives only? Are friends family? Are co-workers family? Can you escape your family?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Aug 14 2019

7mins

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Rank #12: 76: Animals in "Blade Runner"

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How do you like our owl? - The owl and the snake from “Blade Runner” raise some interesting questions.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Sep 19 2016

2mins

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Rank #13: 23: Space Probes

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Doubles! - From golf carts on Mars to New Horizons flying past Pluto, these are impressive machines, but are they robots?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Sep 14 2015

3mins

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Rank #14: 103: Pizza

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You have left Pizza Country. - John weighs in on what makes something a pizza, including the horror of the Turkey Dinner Pizza.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Apr 17 2017

11mins

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Rank #15: 113: Art

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But is it art? - I don’t know what it is, but I know it when I see it.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Sep 04 2017

16mins

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Rank #16: 3: Darth Vader

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Cyborgs and Sith Lords - Cyborgs and robots and humans—how do we tell these things apart?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

May 29 2015

2mins

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Rank #17: 57: Baymax

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"Big Hero 6" - He’s an inflatable, medical robot from “Big Hero 6”—but can you back up your personality and still be a robot?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

May 09 2016

6mins

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Rank #18: 22: Hitchbot

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Dressed up like a ghost - He tried to hitch his way across the country, but was dismembered in Philadelphia. Image by archier on Flickr.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Sep 07 2015

1min

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Rank #19: 21: Droids

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The ethics of Star Wars sentience - Are droids robots? Do they have rights? Is the Empire based on a robo-slave economy?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Aug 31 2015

6mins

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Rank #20: 105: Canonical Bagel Flavors

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Bialys! - What is the canon of bagels? Why are some ingredients allowed in an Everything Bagel but not any other bagel style? What makes raisins an acceptable ingredient, yet bars blueberries? Mr. Siracusa, native of the great state of New York, educates Mr. Snell, one of those California hippie types, about what a real bagel is.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

May 15 2017

18mins

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174: Reading

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It’s fundamental, yes. But is it something you can do with your ears?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Jan 13 2020

1min

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173: River

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When is a body of water a river?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Does this count as the world's shortest river?

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Dec 30 2019

6mins

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172: Soup, Part II

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Is soup a drink? What separates liquids from food?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Our first episode about soup

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Dec 16 2019

3mins

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171: Dish

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From dish to plate to bowl.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Dec 02 2019

2mins

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170: City

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Does it all come down to the U.S. Postal Service?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Nov 18 2019

7mins

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169: Burgers

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And do sliders have to slide?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

Sponsors

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Nov 04 2019

5mins

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168: Augmented Reality

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An Accidental AR podcast.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Oct 21 2019

9mins

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167: Pet Names

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Can we differentiate between how people name pets and how they name children? Listeners Rover and Whiskers, drop us a line.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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2019 Name of the Year Bracket (Deadspin)

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Oct 07 2019

7mins

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166: Smart Devices

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Where do we draw the line between a regular device and a “smart” device?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Sep 23 2019

4mins

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165: Leftovers

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When does a meal turn into leftovers?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Sep 09 2019

5mins

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164: Cover Version

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Listener Luke sent in this week’s theme song. Is it a cover version of our canonical theme song? When is a new version of a song not a cover?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Aug 26 2019

4mins

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163: Family

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What constitutes family? Blood relatives only? Are friends family? Are co-workers family? Can you escape your family?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Aug 14 2019

7mins

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162: Doors

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What about when they’re ajar?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Reference acknowledged.

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Jul 29 2019

3mins

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161: Storefronts

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Select all the STOREFRONTS to prove that you’re a human.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Jul 15 2019

6mins

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160: Bacon

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By popular demand, John has done his research—or maybe not?—and is here to break down what is bacon and what is an impostor.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Jul 01 2019

6mins

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159: Campus Delivery Robots

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Prompted by a note from Listener Zach, we discuss the trend of “autonomous food delivery vehicles” on college campuses.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Opening Theme by Listener Craig.


Nothing's gonna stop them now

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Jun 11 2019

4mins

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158: Pants

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The entire conversation is pants. (The Brits will get that.)

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Jun 03 2019

2mins

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157: Board Games

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How much board is required?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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May 20 2019

9mins

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156: Combination Restaurants

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We’ll see you at the Carl’s Jr./Green Burrito/KFC/Taco Bell.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Theme song by Listener Luke. (Is it a cover or not?)

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May 06 2019

7mins

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155: TV and Movies

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When is it a TV show and when is it a movie? It’s confusing.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell

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Apr 15 2019

15mins

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iTunes Ratings

75 Ratings
Average Ratings
70
3
2
0
0

Zeppelin

By Violinknitter - Apr 04 2017
Read more
Of all the podcasts I listen to, this one has the silliest premise.

simple but effective

By joecab - Sep 15 2016
Read more
It's goofy. But funny. And brief. But interesting.