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What Meal Is This Robot Making?

Kelly Conaboy | August 5, 2011 - 12:30 pm

This video is titled “Self-Aware Robot Roommates.” That title is very misleading because this video doesn’t say anything about this robot being a roommate at all. Which is a bummer, because I really wanted to mention how this morning I was walking to the kitchen and my roommate was talking to this guy she met last night, long story, not what you think, and she was like, “You know, I’ve never actually had foot reflexology?” As if that were the craziest thing. And that’s a good example of the kind of things my roommate says a lot. She was in a music video that was on Stereogum once and said to me, “Yeah, I think it’s up on some website…” and showed it to me, and I was like “STEREOGUM? THAT IS NOT SOME WEBSITE THAT IS THE WEBSITE.” Which is not a great example of a crazy thing but still come on. She’s the best and I’m unbearable is basically what I’m trying to say. But anyway, this video is not actually about a robot roommate. It’s just about a robot trying very carefully to make some sort of indiscernible meal, put to a standard “robot video” soundtrack and a German guy talking about how they are self-aware and can learn from their mistakes. Which is unremarkable because it’s 2011. The only thing that isn’t self-aware and doesn’t learn from its mistakes now is LINDSAY LOHAN, AM I RIGHT? Lolol. But one thing that is remarkable about this video is WHAT THE F MEAL IS THIS ROBOT MAKING?

The ingredients seem to be French bread, soapy mayonnaise, and either some sort of sausage or weird banana that is placed for a moment into room temperature water. I’m not trying to knock whatever it is — we like what we like, especially when we’re robots/German — but I would just like to understand. The German guy talks a bit about how they can make pancakes. Why aren’t they making pancakes, then? Why do they have to move a sausage/weird banana around on a spatula? That would be better used for making pancakes. What are they trying to prove? Who are they trying to impress? Why are they so big? These robot videos always seem to leave you with a lot more questions than answers. Oh here is another question: Why does it put the sausage/weird banana in a bowl? Out of plates, robot? Ever heard of a PLATE? (Via UniqueDaily.)