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Tumblr Thread: The Curse of The Doctor Who Robot Prop

We try to not be superstitious, but sometimes it's hard to notice when certain objects are so deeply associated with consistently unfortunate goings-on. And it doesn't help that this robot looks creepy as hell. For some more strange and interesting tidbits, here are some random golden moments from the world of Tumblr.

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Funk Turkey let a bot write a song's worth of lyrics using a bunch of AC/DC lyrics as source material. They then took this word salad and performed it in the band's style. It seems like it hit the nail on the head. The song's called "Great Balls" for god's sake.

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Sassy Food-Ferrying Robot Cat Revealed At Tech Expo

Meet Bellabot! Probably the coolest, and most definitely the cutest, robot to come out of this years tech expo. 

Bellabot was revealed at the 2020 Customer Electronic Show (CES), in Las Vegas. Developed by the Chinese company PuduTech, this robot cat waiter who has got the tech word buzzing -- and cat lovers, as well!

Picture this: the year is 2020, you sit down at a regular restaurant, and instead of interacting with a sassy waiter you interact with a sassy cat robot. Who wouldn't want that?

Story via Telegraph

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This Woman Makes Hilarious Sh*tty Robots (8 GIFs)

We all know that there's high comedic value in fails. Especially when the things that are failing are not meant to fail... like robots. Simone Gietrz makes robots that have potential but were never really meant to succeed, and watching Simone "use" them will make you laugh harder than anything else you have seen today. Promise. You should probably just watch all of her hilarious videos on her YouTube channel. If you like to watch things exploding, check out NASA's test megarocket fuel tank exploding with liquid nitrogen. It's pretty cool. 

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This Week's Eleven Most Excellent Mechanical GIFs

It's that time of the week: time for things to go right, to tick like clockwork. It's mechanical GIF time! Sometimes there's nothing more satisfying than watching a few GIFs of machines doing things correctly and efficiently (especially when life doesn't go that way). Enjoy.

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Watch A Group Of Robots Frolic And Play (7 GIFs)

The word 'robot' generally has negative connotations attached to it, but MIT's mini cheetah robots are absolutely adorable. MITBiomimetic Robotics students recently took the dog-sized robots out for a play on the university lawn, and the result was way cuter than we expected. The robots aren't designed to just be cute and play soccer - they were built with the purpose to save lives with elderly care, deliveries and emergency response. 

The mini cheetahs can run up to 5 miles per hour, flip themselves over if fallen, and they're relatively cheap to make and repair. Controlled with remotes, the agility of these robots has not been seen in robotics before. The next hurdle for the team is to build cameras onto the robots, enabling them to walk around without being remotely controlled by humans. But for now, they're delighful to watch. 

MIT mini cheetah robots are really cute
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Ten Satisfying Mechanical GIFs

Most of the time, life doesn't go as smoothly as we want it to. Life has nasty little surprises around the corner. But there are some things that will always work like clockwork: machines. There are no nasty surprises with machines. No getting caught in the rain without an umbrella. No parking fines on your windscreen. No dropping your toast on the floor face down. None of that. Mechanical things are dependable. Predictable. So here are ten mechanical GIFs of things working that will satisfy your innate desire for order. 

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You May Have Seen Spot Run, But You Haven't Seen This Spot Run

Boston Dynamics' have finally released their latest project. After viral videos of their project BigDog, which was designed for DARPA, they went for something more the size of a small dog. This robot has become a viral sensation from its development and capability videos, and now, it can finally be yours. That's right, Boston Dynamics is selling their robotic quadruped targeted at construction areas and similar uneven terrain. From hauling wait to opening doors, this robot has an incredible range of capabilities. We present: Spot.

Boston Dynamics promo for their newest robot called the Spot
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If we woke up to this we'd probably be convinced that the house was haunted. So it's a good thing there was cameras running to capture the magic. We understand that a stack of Roombas is a trivial thing, but seriously, what are the odds?

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We've never seen anything like this before. The amount of grace in this laser guided robot is superhuman. Sure it's just in a product demo, but Boston Dynamics should watch out if this robot hits the market soon.

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Funny GIF of a robot clicking onto the I AM NOT A ROBOT of a CAPTCHA to prevent exactly that sort of thing.
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Gif of a robot that clearly beat the CAPTCHA that is supposed to protect against such things.

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Cozmo hits stores in October for $179, but Anki (robotics company responsible for creating this beaut) is taking pre-orders now on its website. Anki is also planning to release the SDK, which will allow owners to tinker with Cozmo’s A.I., if they'd like to. Check Cozmo out in action below:

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Cozmo hits stores in October for $179, but Anki (robotics company responsible for creating this beaut) is taking pre-orders now on its website. Anki is also planning to release the SDK, which will allow owners to tinker with Cozmo’s A.I., if they'd like to. Check Cozmo out in action below: