Episode 50: Home Robots, Uncharted & Linux

We hope everyone is staying safe, cool and well hydrated. Schools are going back soon so watch out for hordes of little people running around the place, so take care and avoid being mobbed by the rapscallions. First up we talk about robots with Washington State University revealing a new care assist robot that helps the elderly and others with remembering chores around the house. Also Spot from Boston Dynamics is planned to be released on the market, so if you want a really cool robot to help around the house there is an option. Next, we discuss the upcoming Uncharted movie ad how cool it is looking. Also is Tom Holland going to be able to play a young Drake in the movie?  Third topic of the week is the Linux sales and the problems it is having with games. We discuss some of the history of games and the need for another independent renaissance in gaming development. Hopefully with focus going back onto games being fun and enjoyable, like Duke Nukem was when it started or Wolfenstein. We have an interesting shoutouts segment with a new arrival at the Cincinnati Zoo, the hunk that is Jason Mamoa and some cool birthdays also. As always we hope you enjoy the episode and are happy to hear any comments, feedback, criticism or even just a hello; until next week, hooroo.


Smart Home robots

- https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190114130913.htm

Uncharted Movie

- https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/10-cloverfield-lane-director-dan-trachtenberg-boards-uncharted/

Linux sales

- https://twitter.com/bgolus/status/1080213166116597760

Games currently playing


– Celeste - http://www.celestegame.com/


– The Witcher - https://store.steampowered.com/app/20900/The_Witcher_Enhanced_Edition_Directors_Cut/


– Quake Champions - https://store.steampowered.com/app/611500/Quake_Champions/

Other topics discussed

Arkangel – Black Mirror episode

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkangel_(Black_Mirror)


- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WALL-E

Boston Dynamics robot: Spot

- https://www.bostondynamics.com/spot

SpotMini for sale

- https://www.cnet.com/news/boston-dynamics-spotmini-robot-dog-goes-on-sale-in-2019/

ASIMO the robot

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASIMO

Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics"

- https://www.auburn.edu/~vestmon/robotics.html

Sophia the robot says destroy all humans

- https://www.businessinsider.com.au/interview-with-sophia-ai-robot-hanson-said-it-would-destroy-humans-2017-11?r=UK

Microsoft Twitter chat bot Tay taught to be racist

- https://www.theverge.com/2016/3/24/11297050/tay-microsoft-chatbot-racist

Man creates his own jet pack flying suit

- https://www.wired.com/story/richard-browning-iron-man-jetpack-suit-flying-video/

SkyMesh – Australian Internet service provider

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkyMesh

Facebook AI develops its own language and freaks people out

- https://bgr.com/2017/07/31/facebook-ai-shutdown-language/

Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evanna_Lynch

Tom Holland to star as Nathan Drake in Uncharted

- https://deadline.com/2017/05/tom-holland-uncharted-nathan-drake-movie-spider-man-homecoming-shawn-levy-1202099530/

Past directors that were involved in the Uncharted movie project

- David O. Russell - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_O._Russell

- Neil Burger - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Burger

- Shawn Levy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Levy

Dream director for the Uncharted movie: James Wan

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Wan

Valve are working on Steam OS and Linux gaming

- https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/05/valve-steam-machines-linux-steamos/

Maneater the game

- https://store.steampowered.com/app/629820/Maneater/

Star Citizen set for release in 2020

- https://www.businessinsider.com.au/star-citizen-has-raised-over-250-million-squadron-42-set-for-2020-2018-12?r=US&IR=T

New character for Quake Champions: Eisen

- https://quakechampions.gamepedia.com/Eisen

Carel Struycken : Lurch from the 1990s Addams Family Movies

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carel_Struycken


New member of the Cincinnati Zoo : a baby anteater - https://www.krdo.com/news/cincinnati-zoo-welcomes-baby-anteater-to-world/974527809

Aquaman hit $1 billion - https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/08/aquaman-nears-billion-dollar-bench-mark-thanks-to-international-sales.html

15 Jan 1947 – Elizabeth Short aka The Black Dahlia was found murdered in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Dahlia

16 Jan 1979 – The Addams Family actor Ted Cassidy passed away - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Cassidy

Famous Birthdays

15 Jan 1929 - Martin Luther King Jr., American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement. He also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance, born in Atlanta, Georgia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr.

16 Jan 1853 - Andre Michelin, French industrialist,tire manufacturer (Michelin) and publisher of the Michelin Guide, born in Paris - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/André_Michelin

16 Jan 1948 - John Carpenter, American film director (Halloween, The Thing), born in Carthage, New York - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Carpenter

Events of Interest

15 Jan 1759 - British Museum opens to the public in Montagu House, London - https://www.historytoday.com/richard-cavendish/british-museum-opened

15 Jan 1861 - Improved Hoisting Apparatus patented by Elisha Otis who invented a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails.

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisha_Otis

- http://time.com/4700084/elevator-patent-history-otis-safety/

15 Jan 2001 – Wikipedia, a free wiki content encyclopedia, debuts online. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia


Artist – Goblins from Mars

Song Title – Super Mario - Overworld Theme (GFM Trap Remix)

Song Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GNMe6kF0j0&index=4&list=PLHmTsVREU3Ar1AJWkimkl6Pux3R5PB-QJ

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