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Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Robot Uprising.


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SAGAL: Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Adam, in another case of robots taking jobs away from hard working humans, scientist at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Britain - I guess laboratory, in Britain - have a new robot that will help with medical research by doing what?

ADAM FELBER: Complain.


FELBER: Really?

SAGAL: No. It has...

FELBER: I've got the pioneer.

SAGAL: It has reason to complain, but no, it's not...

FELBER: Suffer. It will get sick.

SAGAL: No. Well, it gets sick. It expresses itself being sick.

FELBER: It's a vomiting robot.

SAGAL: It's a vomiting robot, Adam. That's what it is.



FELBER: Of course it is.

SAGAL: The robot is known as Vomiting Larry.


SAGAL: Really though, what's wrong with these scientists they didn't name him Ralph?


SAGAL: Anyway, what Larry looks like...

FELBER: Or Chuck?


SAGAL: Larry is used in the research into the spread of contagious disease. He looks like half a mannequin, the top half, modified to vomit. And they use him to see how far he can spread things through mechanical vomiting.

FELBER: How do you know if Larry's sick or just been drinking?


POUNDSTONE: Yeah, or...

FELBER: And does he go: I'm fine, I'm fine, don't worry?


FELBER: I can hold it together. I'm fine. Fine. Hang.

SAGAL: No, they need to make another robot to hold his head, I guess.



SAGAL: But no, I mean, it's a legitimate purpose. They're trying to find out these important things about human contagion. But still, can you imagine how hard it is for Vomiting Larry at robot parties? It's like, I'm C3PO; I speak thousands of languages. I'm the Terminator; I shoot stuff. I'm Vomiting Larry, blaaarrghhh.



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