What Do Robots Do All Day? A kids' book from the future


BERG's Matt Jones hazards a guess at the future of work in this hypothetical future Richard Scarry book-cover.

Richard Scarry’s "What Do Robots Do All Day?"

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  1. Without the supporting text, I read this as a trenchant commentary on the sad, mechanical life of wage slaves. Beep beep – whirrrr – clickBEEP.

  2. Ok, I don’t get it. Are there supposed to be robots on the cover? Is this a commentary that building houses, painting signs, and pushing baby carriages will someday be done by robots? Is  this good, bad? Is it clever?

  3. OMG someone typed a new title on an already existing book! Wow you guys sure are working hard finding news out there. I’m sorry, typing 6 words on someone elses art does not speculate on anything. Oh and nice way to spring-board your garbage onto the internet while stepping on the back of an ACTUALLY talented and VERY dead artist…

    1. Well, I thought it was clever and at least briefly thought-provoking.  Also it didn’t make me angry.  Guess there’s no accounting for taste.

    2. OMG someone actually took the time to pointlessly bitch in the comments section when they could have just as easily chosen to skip the offending post and do actual productive activities instead!

      Also, how precisely does one become VERY dead (isn’t dead already a superlative?) 

      1. OMG someone actually took the time to pointlessly bitch in the comments section when they could have just as easily chosen to skip the offending post and do actual productive activities instead!
        Next?

    3. This person didn’t type six words…only changed ONE word. At least ‘shop some characters, too. Otherwise, you are calling all the hardworking people in the book (firefighters, bakers, farmers, teachers) robots, trivializing their work. Might be funny if you are a one-percenter, sure.

  4. maybe the point is that there are no robots on the cover? What do robots do all day because we have no idea where to find them?

  5. I momentarily thought there was an actual “fan-fic” book someone had done in the style of Richard Scary and got kind of excited.

    Now I see that they just retitled an existing book, no doubt in an attempt to be edgy or clever or something. So I’m a little angry.

  6. In the Mysterious Future, robots will live full, rich and independent lives of their own but for some reason remake themselves as anthropomorphized  piggies, cats, dogs & bunnies.

    This leads me to 2 conclusions.

    1, Skynet was programmed by a Furry.

    2, The human race is being turned into some sort of edible slurry to power our cutesy robotic overlords, as demonstrated by the ButcherBot.

  7. What a delightful coincidence: the main character of http://www.thesellingthemovie.com/ is called Richard Scarry (and makes a reference to it in the trailer). The Selling is made by the same people who brought us the robotic version of Huck’ Finn.

    1. Also (in other Busytown stuff), though the worm drives an apple car, the rabbit a carrot car, and the mice a cheese car, the pigs drive a sausage car. You’re a sick man, Richard Scarry.

    2. In one of the Poppleton books, the librarian is a chicken, and a few pages later the pig and the llama are enjoying chicken soup.

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