Tech Talk Tuesday: Robots

Updated: Tuesday, November 12 2013, 11:07 AM MST
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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.

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