Tech Talk Tuesday: Robots

Updated: Tuesday, November 12 2013, 11:07 AM MST
Tech Talk Tuesday: Robots story image

By Lonnie Valencia

There are so many different sci-fi movies that are set in the near future with some really whacked out ideas of what’s to come.  For me, it’s fun to put the movie plots to the test and see how ridiculous and far fetched they really are.  I laugh at people's fears of a post apocalyptic world.  You know,  where all the polar ice caps melt and we live in a world of water.  Or the one where a virus with the letter “T” in front of it claims a city called Raccoon and Zombie-like people walk aimlessly looking for their next meal. But there is one movie plot that keeps inching its way into our reality.  That movie franchise can be summed up in a phrase, “I’ll be back!”



The Terminator movie franchise is one of my favorites.  If you never seen it, I’m so disappointed in you and you should be hunted down by a terminator just so you can get a firsthand appreciation of the movies.  Just so we are all on the same page, the franchise is about a future were we are at war with robots that can think for themselves and they have it out for all of humanity.  The movies focus on our leader John Connor but for this article we are only talking about robots.  Just a youtube search away you can find a dozen videos displaying robots in action.  A couple of years ago Honda had ASIMO that walked and talked but it looked like you could push a skateboard in front of it causing it to trip leading to a malfunction.

Fast forward to present day where we have “Boston Dynamics” leading the way to SkyNet with a Cheetah bot that runs up to 30 miles an hour or the LS3 that can carry 400 pounds of military gear.  If robotics has come this far this fast, a Terminator can’t be that far off.

What if instead of a Terminator coming for us, we get cool helper robots like in “iRobot” or more importantly like in my station’s new show “Almost Human," premiering Nov 17 & 18th on KFOX14.   If you haven’t see a preview yet, I’ve provided one here for you to check out- no need to thank me.


Robots are coming, whether to destroy us or become our cop buddy (only time will tell), but until then I will hope for the “Almost Human” counterpart and prepare for the Arnold Schwarzenegger steel killer.  

What do you think will happen in the future? Are you going to watch our new FOX show? Did I sell out? Let me know in the comment section below and in my best Arnold voice, “Hasta La Vista, Baby!”

That does it for this episode of Tech Talk Tuesday.  As always we would love your feedback/suggestions for this or our next edition, so feel free to send your comments to our resident Tech Guy Lonnie Valencia.

Tech Talk Tuesday: Robots
comments powered by Disqus

More El Paso Entertainment


Singers Zayn Malik, Perrie Edwards call off engagement
NEW YORK (AP) — Former One Direction member Zayn Malik and singer Perrie Edwards have called off their engagement.
Schumer calls for better gun control

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Amy Schumer spoke tearfully of two women who were shot to death during a screening of her movie, "Trainwreck," and asked lawmakers Monday to support a gun control bill sponsored by her second cousin, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Moffat on 'Sherlock' special; how long series can go
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. >> "Sherlock" fans have grown familiar with the waiting game between TV seasons, but they may be encouraged that show-runner Steven Moffat says he could see it "going on for a long while."
Back to the Plaza Classic Film Festival
Great Scott! August is already here, and in the Sun City that can mean only one thing for movie fans — it's time for the annual Plaza Classic Film Festival.
Bobby Brown, family mourn Bobbi Kristina at funeral

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — R&B singer Bobby Brown emerged from the funeral of his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, staring toward the ground before lifting his head up and briefly gazing at the sky.

Jolie, Suu Kyi visit Myanmar female factory workers
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Angelina Jolie has joined Myanmar's opposition leader and democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, in sitting down with female workers to learn more about their dire conditions.
Dr. Dre announces release of first album in 15 years
PHOENIX (AP) — Hip hop super-producer Dr. Dre says the wait is finally over — he's going to release his first album in 15 years.
Invisible Women? Hollywood's female superhero problem
LOS ANGELES>> The list of male superheroes starring in their own big-screen escapades is bigger than Tony Stark's ego, and the billions of dollars these films have generated rival the fortunes of the well-off tinkerer.
Antonio Banderas to star in Starz series 'Cuban Quartet'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Starz is developing "Cuban Quartet," a series starring Antonio Banderas.

Maisie Williams has 'significant role' on 'Doctor Who'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — When viewers see Maisie Williams on the new season of "Doctor Who," she'll be a brand-new character, not someone from the Doctor's past.
WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who trash talked his way to the main event of the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died. He was 61.
Movie capsules: 'Mission Impossible,' 'Stanford Prison Experiment' and more
Compiled from El Paso Times staff and wire reports. Listings are subject to change.
Kids-N-Co.,'Aladdin' fly into Plaza Theatre

The historic Plaza Theatre will be transformed into "A Whole New World" on Saturday as Kids-N-Co., the nonprofit El Paso theater company for children and young adults, presents its production of the popular Disney musical "Aladdin."

Tiempo calendar: Godsmack, 'Jaws' screening, Farmers' market

El Paso Chihuahuas: The Triple-A baseball team will play the Tacoma Rainiers at 7:05 p.m. July 31 at Southwest University Park, Downtown. Promotion: Fetch the Fun Friday. Tickets start at $8. 242-2000, epchihuahuas.com.

Coming up: Rock the Fort, Chubby Checker, Kevin Hart

Rock the Fort: The annual concert at Fort Bliss is set for Aug. 8 at Biggs Park, Biggs Field. Performers will include Hoobastank, Candlebox, The Animal in Me, Andromeda Theory and Fall 2 Rise. Gates open at 4 p.m. Free; $10 for beer garden seating. 568-6741.

Come back often for updates of TV listings and El Paso area and Las Cruces entertainment stories. KFOX14 covers entertainment, programming and other entertainment related subjects. KFOX14 is dedicated to providing the best, timely and up to date entertainment news for El Paso and Las Cruces.

KFOX14 El Paso - Live Cast Watch live broadcasts of KFOX14 News seven days a week!
KFOX14 El Paso - Live Cast Like KFOX Scoop on Facebook!
advertisement
advertisement