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Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 3:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the video feature technology everybody/you can buy at a shop? No. Military technology? No. Although, these are used to MAKE military technology. Satellite technology? No. GPS? No. Nuclear technology? No. Biotech? No. Viruses? No. something with DNA? No. genetic engineering? No.
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 6:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Robots?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 6:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Robots? Yes, of course!
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 6:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Seriously... have any of my last puzzles been about anything OTHER than robot-related?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 6:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If they were, I've forgotten them.

Did the video feature one robot? two? more?
Did the robots appear to be programmed, when in fact they were controlled remotely by humans?
or were they fake robots? e.g. humans or other animals in costume?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 6:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Re-reading previous answers: was it a robot uprising?
Laura Kozma (Lkozma)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 6:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they, um, reproduce? Just being silly; the thought is funny to me!
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 8:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the video feature one robot? two? more? At least one
Did the robots appear to be programmed, when in fact they were controlled remotely by humans? No and no.
or were they fake robots? No. e.g. humans or other animals in costume?

Re-reading previous answers: was it a robot uprising? You're so close. You've got the right idea, but it's not possible for robots that are bolted to the floor to have an 'uprising.'

Did they, um, reproduce? Just being silly; the thought is funny to me! *smirks* Very silly. Sorry, no.
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 9:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the video portray a robot "thinking for itself"?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 9:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the robot(s) go on strike?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 10:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the video portray a robot "thinking for itself"? Not exactly. Definately no AI here.

Did the robot(s) go on strike? Also not exactly.
Laura Kozma (Lkozma)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 10:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they turn themselves off? Suddenly stopped working (for no obvious technical reason)?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 10:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they turn themselves off? No.
Suddenly stopped working (for no obvious technical reason)? Yes, but elaborate
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 10:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they stop doing anything at all?
Or did they stop doing work, and start doing something else?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 11:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they stop doing anything at all? No.
Or did they stop doing work, and start doing something else? YES.
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 11:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would it help to find out what work they had been doing?
Laura Kozma (Lkozma)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 11:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they do a robot dance? socialize? surf the web?

Is this something that we're used to thinking of robots doing (although they really can't)?
Laura Kozma (Lkozma)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 11:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmm, another thought:

Is this something that people who work do?

If so, is it coffee breaks? smoking breaks? Standing by the water cooler? Betting on some sporting event?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 11:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they do a robot dance? No. socialize? No. surf the web? No.

Is this something that we're used to thinking of robots doing (although they really can't)? Yes.
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 11:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You said it would probably destroy property. Is this because they were doing something destructive? or because they were doing something badly, and causing destruction in the process?
Is the property the robots? something related to their work? something else?
Did they appear to go insane?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 11:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You said it would probably destroy property. Is this because they were doing something destructive? Yes. or because they were doing something badly, and causing destruction in the process? This too.
Is the property the robots? No. something related to their work? No. something else? Read next.
Did they appear to go insane? There you go!
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 11:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

**********************SPOILER*****************

Robots have come a long way since their early counterparts in terms of strength and accuracy. It used to be a robot could barely hold itself up, let alone start picking up stuff or breaking things or taking over the world. Now, we have 6-axis arms that are strong enough to lift a ton if it wanted to. Strong critters. Kinda scary when you think about the power behind them. Yet all roboticists are utterly unafraid to work nose to tool with these machines because we know one irrefutable truth about their programming:

Robots can only do what you tell them to do. Nobody has come up with artificial intelligence for these robots and nobody would ever want to since their job is to do basic repetative tasks and nothing more.

However, one day a group came forward with a video showing robots violating their program, going crazy, and hurting people. Scientists had pretty much dismissed such talk as works of science fiction and nothing more. But because of this video, the RIA (Industrial Robot Association) worked with ANSI to come up with some serious standards for controlling rogue robots and protecting people. Later, as most of the roboticists had guessed, it came out that the video was a hoax. However, we are still forced to abide by these safety standards. Even though the robots seem to only need protection from US, not vice versa.

Nice job folks! Knew this would go fast.
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 3:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey, good puzzle! I've heard that this video has also affected the 'Star Wars' filmmakers, and they have decided to include their jab at insane robots in the next episode of the saga - apparently, the next episode will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. Luke Skywalker is head of the Jedi Knights with C3P0 at his side. One scene reportedly will show Luke and 3P0 arguing about a battle strategy, and 3P0 goes berserk and lands a solid uppercut which knocks Luke out. When he comes to, he says "Well, that's it for you, pal", and to the scrap heap goes 3P0...
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 9:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You're kidding me. That's wrong!!! In the Star Wars world robots are supposed to get their memories wiped every so often to keep them from developing too much of a personality or doing something in accordance with their previous owner's wants/needs. In Episode III, Luke was supposed to take R2D2 to get his memory wiped so he didn't run away to Obi-Wan or wherever. He could totally do the same thing to 3PO. ARGH! They better not scrap him... and it's totally against his personality too. I sense a set-up.
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 10:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Of course I'm kidding! However, the part I wrote about there being another set of episodes is true, and supposedly the next one begins 30 years after Jedi.

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