Iran: "President unveils second Iranian robot man"


94 Responses to “Iran: "President unveils second Iranian robot man"”

  1. apatheticus says:


    “Mr. President, I’m proud to announce we’ve finally managed to duplicate Japan’s advanced robotics technology and– Excuse me, sir? No, we still haven’t figured out how they fasten those things around their necks.”

  2. octopussoup says:

    The united states already has its anti-surena robot fighting force ready to go.

  3. ohpete says:

    Finally, someone to teach us how to tie our ties!

    • Anonymous says:

      Iran clearly *is* ahead of us in the getting-rid-of-the-tie race. Why can’t we have progress like that?

  4. calvert4096 says:

    @ benher I too would like to see an Asimo vs Ahmedinejabot challenge match.

  5. Fef says:

    Version 1 was taller than Ahmedinejad and had to be scrapped.

  6. tin robot says:

    “We made it with bent knees to make you look taller…”

    “If we start now, we can get you 2 million in time for the next ‘election’”

  7. Felton says:

    Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots goes Olympic.

  8. Anonymous says:

    President Ahmedinejad feigns interest in mundane robot.

  9. webmonkees says:

    “Iran, Iron Man, Ahmedinejad has a clever plan..
    Nobody likes him, nobody he trusts,
    he just sits there and rusts..”
    (guitar solo)

  10. zio_donnie says:

    ”Islamobot 2.0: Powered by prayer”

  11. annoyingmouse says:

    I thought, according to the previous boing boing article, facial hair was frowned upon. Has this robot been sent to deal with this group of unshaven misfits?

  12. osmo says:

    Bin Laden has nothing to do with Iran. Remember that in the arab world the Al Quida and its sub groups are a bit like Westboro Baptists – according to them everyone is going to hell.

    As for quotes:
    “Hey he just said ‘remember Aria Shahr’!”

  13. sdmikev says:

    maybe this is Ahmedinejad’s personal shopper. So he can find a suit that fits right.

  14. Felton says:

    Does Obama have a robot? The last thing we need is a presidential robot gap.

  15. Mim says:

    “Never mind the pose, he’s along to lift our luggage.”

  16. smcgurr says:

    President Ahmedinejad feigns interest in mundane robot.

  17. zorro869 says:

    Only 499,997 more for a viable army.

  18. zio_donnie says:

    “And this, Mr President, will solve all our necktie shortage problems once and for all”

  19. snarf says:

    “We call him: Iran Man”

  20. BookGuy says:

    “Also, Mr. President, we are pleased to note that an air-tight wax seal around his faceplate makes him impervious to water-boarding. Sadly, however, he does seem to be afraid of dogs and women’s panties.”

  21. That Evening Sun says:

    “In ten years, instead of blank face he will have glorious black and white television attached to high tech VCR in chest.”

  22. Anonymous says:

    Danger! Danger, Will Ahmadinejad!

  23. andyduncan says:

    One: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm, unless that human being is a citizen of The Great Satan…

  24. Anonymous says:

    Finally, a citizen the religious police can approve of!

  25. Anonymous says:

    This is not the droid you are looking for.

  26. msikk says:

    Psst, Sorina can replace your Jay Leno look alike body-guard!

  27. eideal852 says:

    “The ladies were JUST ABOUT to consent to a chaperoned walk, but *this motherfucker* can’t stop doing the robot for even ONE minute…”

  28. Anonymous says:

    “Soon everyone will be awed by our progress and modernity. Can you build a dozen of them in time for the stoning on Wednesday?”

  29. Xenu says:

    Are they really trying to perpetuate the myth that this was designed and built in Iran? If so, what happens when the truth inevitably gets out?

  30. That Evening Sun says:

    So I’m convinced now that they have a Payless Shoe Source in Tehran.

    It’s probably right next to the Windbreaker Emporium and the Open Collared Shirt Dealership. Look at Mahmoud’s jacket cuffs. The man is wearing off-the-rack department store threads.

    I know it’s a different culture and I’m not fully versed in Persian fashion sense, but wow. I’m not feeling the international respect for these guys that I should be with their fancy robot and all.

  31. That Evening Sun says:

    “Friend of the Ayatollah’s? Special price for you my friend! Only today!”

  32. Brainspore says:

    I’ll be much more impressed with humanoid robot technology when someone builds one that doesn’t look like it really needs to use the can.

  33. Antinous / Moderator says:

    … up to 20 Members Only jackets an hour, SINGLEHANDEDLY.

    The international press used to refer to it as the Ahmedinejacket.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Why is the name not in arabic ?

  35. Dead Robot says:

    “I don’t think this guy is kosher.”

  36. Anonymous says:

    Holy Sh*t! This IS the ‘droid you’re looking for!

  37. mmarlett says:

    “On the next model, we’ll give him some facial hair.”

  38. Anonymous says:

    Asimo? No. This isn’t the droid you’re looking for.

  39. johnchanco says:

    “If you can just call Apple and get them to drop the lawsuit, we’ll be able to revert to using the name iRan”

  40. Bucket says:

    “No, no, no, I’m the Iranian Dennis Farina clone, this guy is the Iranian Asimo clone.”

  41. damiendiablos says:

    Mr. Bin Laden, you’re looking spiffy in your new disguise.

    You’re telling me it’s more likely that Iran was able to build a robot?

  42. tixeon75 says:

    “Yes Mr. President, This one makes the “Choo chew choow” sounds from the transformers cartoon as you requested.”

  43. Virion says:

    “He’s a OEM from Japan but nobody needs to know that.”

  44. dole says:

    “… up to 20 Members Only jackets an hour, SINGLEHANDEDLY.”

  45. dainel says:

    Surena 3 is 10 times bigger, can stomp on tanks, and bring down planes by throwing cars at them.

  46. Nutsy123 says:

    “When you die, we will place your brain in him, and you’ll be able to wear your same clothes.”

  47. Nutsy123 says:

    also….”Please move from behind the President, you are making him look small.”

  48. TimDrew says:

    “Let me make something clear to you. He doesn’t have a name. He has a program. He’s product.”

  49. Nutsy123 says:

    “He says he’ll do it, but he wants 73 virgins”

  50. abusingtime says:

    “…No? Well, our Segway model is slated for next quarter. Early trials indicate that it can roll on.”

  51. Anonymous says:

    Rent a Robot friend for $15!!!

  52. dark_nz says:

    “Mr. President, this robot does everything that you do, only better. We intend to replace you with it.”

  53. donniebnyc says:

    “No, really, this one is a female.”

    • rduncan10 says:

      I was going to say, isn’t Sorina a female name? I knew a woman named Sorina once.

      Shouldn’t that robot be wearing a veil, or are Iranian Robot women exempt?

      I can’t think of the headline, but I can’t help but think how much it looks like some of the images of Queen Elizabeth getting a Blackberry at the RIM headquarters yesterday (or watching the 3D movie later that day). You could start a whole meme about unelected world leaders being shown technology they don’t understand.

  54. orwellian says:

    I for one welcome our robot overlords!

    I liked that robot better when it was named ‘Asimo’

  55. Unmutual says:

    I’m assuming Sorina is an anagram for Asimo that was somehow botched in translation . . .

  56. Anonymous says:

    forget the caption, look at the tremendous photo bomb by the punter on the right!

  57. Phrosty says:

    “He can WALK!”
    “Can he do anything else?”
    “What the funk do you want from us?!? This is Iran!”

  58. 13tales says:

    “Christ, what an asshole!”

    God help me, I couldn’t resist… :D

  59. Anonymous says:

    wait, what is funny here? the strange english of the press release? or the fact ahmadinedjad looks like a kid next to his bodyguard? i dont get it

  60. BookGuy says:

    “Why does this robot not have an approved haircut?”

  61. Anonymous says:

    So wait, making a simulacra of a human that can walk around and “replace human being in carrying out sensitive tasks in different situations” is totally allowed by Islam, but making pictures (simulacra) of Muhammed or even of everyday human beings is forbidden?

    Can’t wait till their clerics declare robots evil and arrest the makers for playing god.

  62. Gordon Stark says:

    While those still living back in the atomic age worry about at0mic b0mbs, around the world multi-Billion dollar robot armies are being built by many countries as of the early 21st Century.

    In modern times, robotics represent a greater military threat than at0mics. They can move faster than the human eye can see, they can fly, and swarm their targets, and be any size, from microscopic to the size of buildings. Anyone can build them, and can build lot’s of them, cheaply and easily, and they do not require banned elements to assemble.

    We genetic humans are all in very, very big trouble on this planet.

    I am serious.

  63. braininavat says:

    In Iran, like many other countries, a significant portion of the population is unemployed. What do we need robots to do that humans can’t do? We’ll spend billions developing robots but you can’t find a job unless you have the EXACT skill set they are looking for? We’ll spend billions developing robots but safety on the job site is too expensive? Something is wrong here!

  64. Anonymous says:

    “Wait–this one is female! Someone get a burka!”

    Alternate caption: “Would you care for some tea?”

  65. Anonymous says:

    “Mr. President, if we cooperated with the West instead of threaten them, we could have a REAL robot that looks like this. And it’ll be fully featured for all of your personal needs [wink, wink].”

    What, no video? Prety much every other robotics announcement comes with an accompanying video to show how cool it is.

    For all we know, this is a statue.

  66. RedShirt77 says:

    “No Muhammed is not inside there, Sir.”


    “He has been specifically designed, not to Dance.”


    “With this new technology, you can hate gay people remotely!”

  67. NoahRodenbeek says:

    “If you like our ‘Azino’ robot, perhaps I can interest you in one of our fine ‘Romex’ watches.”

  68. webofevil says:

    “And one other touch you’ll love, Mr President: he’s Jewish! That’s what you wanted, right?”

  69. ahmacrom says:

    “Your excellency, it’s from the U.S.A, it says right here,…surrender!

  70. ahmacrom says:

    “The on button is right here by the bicep” “Activate the Presidential Golem Guards!”

  71. Anonymous says:

    “Now that this one robot is made, we can easily photoshop hundreds, maybe even thousands more, just like we did with our missile program!”

  72. dougp says:

    “We stole it from Japan! Ah hahahahahah!”

  73. Chentzilla says:

    The breastplate clearly says “Surena”. Google seems to agree.

  74. PlasticRhino says:

    “The robot man can replace human being in carrying out sensitive tasks in different situations.”

    With “12 degrees of movement in feet, 8 degree of movement in hands and two degree of movement in head” I can’t wait to see what sensitive tasks it can carry out :)

  75. rrh says:

    “The robot man is modelled upon human being and can walk on.”

    Walk on, robot man. Walk on.

  76. rusinsky says:

    “Ahmadin’, I swear it to you! The first time I saw that robot? I ran!”

  77. f sharp a sharp infinity says:

    “No no no, Mr President ‘R-o-b-o-t’. That is diffent to ‘R-a-b-b-i’. And I don’t think either of those things ‘love to eat carrots with their twitchy little noses’”

  78. RedShirt77 says:


    “We have studied american films and this is what they most fear. They also fear Aliens, Zombies and are somewhat horney for vampires, but all attempts to build those have failed.”

  79. Anonymous says:

    Can someone please explain to me why President Ahmadinejad always looks like he belongs in a depression-era photo, standing in line for a handout?
    You would think a PRESIDENT would have more respect for his own country… oh wait, this is the same President that thinks forbidden hairstyles are a menace.
    Never mind.

  80. nosarembo says:

    “Soon, we give it vagina. Then finally we can lock all womens in jail bunker and throw away key!”

  81. Anonymous says:

    Iran fashion designers presents cyberpunk solid-state burka.

  82. biggreenhead says:

    “Take me to your leader.”

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