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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.

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75 Ratings
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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
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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
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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.

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Robot or Not?

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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: 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 #2: 150: Marty the Supermarket Robot

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In a rare topical episode, John and Jason discuss Marty, the tall, googly-eyed robot that may soon be roaming the aisles of a supermarket near you. Does Marty meet the Roomba test? Are the googly eyes fooling anyone?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Feb 04 2019

6mins

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Rank #3: 133: Gnocchi

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Pasta existentialism - What makes pasta pasta?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Jun 11 2018

5mins

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Rank #4: 54: T-1000

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"Terminator 2" - It’s made of liquid metal.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Apr 18 2016

4mins

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Rank #5: 53: Tamagotchi

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Feed me, or I die! - Is it even a game? What if you had a video game that featured a robot?

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Apr 11 2016

1min

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Rank #6: 50: The Matrix

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Hello, Mr. Anderson. - Agents and Oracles and Architects from the “Matrix” trilogy.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Mar 21 2016

3mins

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Rank #7: 45: Nanobots

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Very tiny machines - Enter the realm of the very, very tiny as John and Jason ponder if size matters when it comes to whether something is a robot or not.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Feb 15 2016

6mins

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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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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: 41: Burritos

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Sandwich or Not? - This one seems to have gotten in by mistake.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Jan 18 2016

1min

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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 144: Soup

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“You haven’t done soup yet, have you?”

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Nov 12 2018

6mins

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Rank #15: 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 #16: 86: The Hosts of "Westworld"

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It's in the brain! - The HBO series “Westworld” makes us contemplate whether its central characters, the Hosts, are robots or not. (We recorded this episode after the first seven episodes of season one had aired; forgive us if it was revealed later that “To Serve Man” was actually a cookbook.)

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Nov 28 2016

6mins

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Rank #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: 27: V'ger

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture - V’ger and the Ilia probe, both from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”. Also, John complains about fake skin on androids.

Host John Siracusa and Jason Snell.

Oct 12 2015

9mins

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