Saturday, April 28, 2007

Are Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots really robots?

Who's asking: Tom Ehrenfeld, Cambridge, MA

You'd think that people would agree on the definition of "robot," but it seems to be more of an adjective than a noun. Nevertheless, one prerequisite is that a robot needs to be able to operate, once started, without human manipulation -- and the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots don't do anything, unless humans are operating the controls. In fact, they're not even clockwork automatons; they're just a lever-operated simple machine, with spring-loaded heads.

So no, the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots are not really robots. That is not to say, however, they're not a darn good toy. I never owned one, as Mom objected to toys that glamorized violence.

Last night's party was an excellent time. It was too crowded for karaoke, but we had just enough wine (three bottles left), and everyone seemed happy to see everyone else.

This morning's coming very early, but The Mystery Bookstore will be set up and ready to go when the festival opens at 9:00. Signing panels start at 10:00 a.m. and run all day; check here for the full schedule.

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