The Time Traveler's Wifi

Robot Guard #1: Be you robot or human? 
Leela: Robot, we be. 
Fry: Yep, just two robots out roboting it up. 
Robot Guard #2: Administer the test. 
Robot Guard #1: Which of the following would you prefer? A. a puppy; B. a flower from your sweetie; or C. a large, properly formatted data file? Choose! [Fry and Leela confer] 
Fry: Er... Is the puppy mechanical in any way? 
Robot Guard #1: No. It is the bad kind of puppy. 
- Futurama, Fear of a Bot Planet

BC's Singapore correspondent, b., has discovered a prototype clock designed for robots, which sits in the corner of Brown's. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop. We understand the giant clockwork robot that lives next door to Toads Mouth approves. This is a story that needs no further explanation:

Product sketch: Clocks for Robots from BERG on Vimeo.

18 comments:

Mb said...

I do like the the earnest chap telling us that the most important function of a phone is the clock. Phone calls are so last century.

I don't understand any of this weirdness but I'm glad it's there. Like Bjork.

Brockley and New Cross Bags said...

Reminded me of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1BdQcJ2ZYY

Brockley Nick said...

@mb I like the way that the clock is designed with robotic precision, exactly communicating its time and location to an iPhone, which can then work out that it's 'ooh about 9.30'.

It's a beautiful clock actually. I'd seen it in there and thought I'd like one of those, but didn't realise that it was an artifact from a robot-readable future world.

Anonymous said...

This film was shown at the Intelligence Squared conference. THa's how clever Brockley is,

@Nyloncube

Anonymous said...

Leela? Mechanical dog? Time traveller?

Who, Doctor?

Vesta Curry said...

Sorry - wanna roll with it, but ... What a load of QR cock! If I want to know where I am ... you know what? ... I fricking well lift my old head up and have look about ... with my EYES!

Anonymous said...

Presumably you are obliged to extract your head from your nether regions first?

b. said...

singapore correspondent? i think this blog has officially broken the term 'hyper local'

b. said...

i notice BC also has US correspondents. very cosmo.

D said...

Yet another brilliant example of inventing a 'solution' and then coming up with a problem that didn't exist in the first place.

THNick said...

Vesta - are you a robot then? If so, your programming is incomplete, you haven't moaned about mummies with pushchairs, noisy toddlers or mung beans.

Vesta Curry said...

My real name is 3BZ-KRAZNA-5 - I was booted 4 April 2034 and sent back in time to rid the world of QR codes - this is my sole mission. Collateral moaning is of no use to me.

Anonymous said...

QR codes are so very 2010.

Anonymous said...

Nick is a PR/Marketing type person - the only sort of person who thinks QR Codes are actually useful.

Birdy num nums said...

Whaaaa! *anon spits dummy*

Brockley Nick said...

Anon1510 - I don't think anyone really believes that we need to design clocks for robots and I don't use QR codes, nor do they have much relevance to my job.

It just looks real pretty.

Pedant Overlord said...

It looks real. It also looks pleasant enough (in a way heavily derivative of Jonathan Ives, and hence via him of Dieter Rams) to be described as nice.

It could be described as real and nice. However, the suggestion that it is "real nice" gives me mild rage - I shall have to send an underling around.

Anonymous said...

He is sooooo earnest, describing why we need this clock to give us a sense of place when we could get that from looking at the er, place, we're in. Rather than some clock that could be one everyone's mantelpiece by next Christmas if they sell it cheaply enough.

Still I quite like the idea that if I kidnap Shergar I should take him into Brown's to take a photo (ie the equivalent of taking a picture against today's newspaper).

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