Robotic Evolution

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37 Responses to “Robotic Evolution”

  1. IWood says:

    Yay Zoids! I haven’t thought about those in years. Bitty ‘botic dinos FTW!

  2. nanuq says:

    “Am I the only one who’s now desperate for a robotic dinosaur movie?”

    All the Mechagodzilla movies don’t count?

    Mechagodzilla

  3. Takuan says:

    was the Steam-Rex coal or oil fired?

  4. jeffguevin says:

    Hey, robot sabretooths didn’t coexist with robot T. Rexes! Couldn’t they have done some research?

  5. Daemon says:

    Sexy Robots: the final stage of robot evolution.

  6. the Other michael says:

    #14 — do some research of your own! There are some of your so-called “fossils” showing the prints of an Asimo alongside the SteamRex. Evolution is a fraud.

  7. Laroquod says:

    What *is* it with all of the tentacle/squid/cephalod references on Boing Boing?

  8. Nesbitt says:

    #31 Fred Rated asked “…android cheesecake. Final stage of machine evolution?” Yes sir, we believe it is.

  9. Takuan says:

    I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking about.

  10. Anonymous says:

    “We hate expensive” in German
    is a neat expression and comes across somewhat awkward. The strange thing is that “expensive” is treated as the object in this sentence. It’s a nice wordplay and stands out which makes it memorable.

  11. Bonnie says:

    This would have made the best Front 242 video ever!

  12. kiddr01 says:

    that was really nice – lovely swingy-hip animation on the female android at the end!

  13. Agent 86 says:

    laroquod, some is from a love of this

  14. Anonymous says:

    This commercial has a really eyecatching idea and beginning but is totally spoiled by the too obvious usage of a half naked/half android woman, and the dull claim kills it completely.
    In my (german) eyes it’s just a disturbing advert: Works for seconds, annoys for days. Awkward.

  15. 13strong says:

    @ #5

    MOJAVE: “13 strong , you say that like it’s a bad thing. Sex sells. Advertising 101.”

    Well, that’s because it is. Yes, “sex sells”. Just because something makes money doesn’t make it a good thing.

    Thank the gods I didn’t learn ethics in Advertising 101.

  16. TheGibson says:

    The phrase “modern androids” made me laugh.

  17. aperson23 says:

    Too cool

  18. blackbrrrd says:

    Kevin Kelly’s blog, the Technium, has a little different take on this. Evolution of silico-metallic forms must comply with the forces of nature (just as carbon-based forms must). This will lead to interesting diversity in bots. He says it better than I…

    http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/

  19. 13strong says:

    Cool. Though as usual ad men can’t resist having a sexy woman in there somewhere.

    Unless they’re saying that women are the pinnacle of evolution, which would be a refreshing change!

  20. Ugly Canuck says:

    Ach, the German suits it well.

  21. holtt says:

    kiltreiser, I’d tap that meme.

  22. Mojave says:

    13 strong , you say that like it’s a bad thing. Sex sells. Advertising 101.

  23. kiltreiser says:

    Am I the only one who’s now desperate for a robotic dinosaur movie?

  24. Boba Fett Diop says:

    This commercial totally ignores evidence challenging the theory of robotic evolution. Robotic systems are too complex to have evolved on their own without the guiding hand of a designer. Teach the controversy!

  25. failix says:

    I never watch TV, but this would have been worth it. Nice find. (I hate that store though, way too expensive.)

    Lol @#7 XD

  26. skore says:

    Just to translate this for all the non-Germans out there:

    “The Selection was tough, but now its here: The strongest technology of all time – relentlessly inexpensive.

    Saturn: we HATE expensive”

    I’m a little touchy on their taglines these days. They started of with “Geiz ist geil” – “stingy is awesome/hot” – “geil” having a well established sexual connotation on German, being an exclusively sexual word to begin with meaning “being aroused” (so not the other way around where donkeys suddenly mean peoples behinds).

    The new tagline however makes me feel like being part of your daily two-minutes-hate. I’m all for replacing religion with technology, but can’t we just skip the über-emotional?

    Technologies are tools. I see no need to fall in love with them or any other kind of engagement. I also find the emphasis on cheap devices a tad anachronistic these days.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Mmmmmmmm … steampron.

  28. Ugly Canuck says:

    Yes.
    Mechagodzilla!

  29. Fred Rated says:

    Yeah, I saw that ad a couple of months ago at a Saturn in Munich. I was transfixed up until the android cheesecake. Final stage of machine evolution? A fembot hawking vacuums, blenders, and Bratz Ponyz for Nintendo DS.

    Nice CG. Stupid fucking concept.

  30. ill lich says:

    Bahhh. . . we all know that on the 8th day God created robots; there was no evolution involved.

  31. Anonymous says:

    zoids!

  32. DelicateFlower says:

    Mojave – Sexy *men* also sell. ;)

  33. W. James Au says:

    The most impressive thing about this spot: an advertising agency got Saturn to spend probably close to a million goddamn Euros to make an epic commercial that has NOT A THING WHATSOEVER to do with their products.

  34. W. James Au says:

    The most impressive thing about this spot: an advertising agency got Saturn to spend probably close to a million goddamn Euros to make an epic commercial that has NOT A THING WHATSOEVER to do with their products.

  35. Anonymous says:

    RILF!

    dan

  36. nanite2000 says:

    Zoids!

    :-)

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