Domo arigato, Mr Roboto

The latest ‘Mach Was’ challenge is about robots… something I know nothing about and don’t have a great affinity with. However, the theme immediately made me think of the song ‘Mr Roboto’ by Styx that I used to love when I was a teen in the early 1980s…

Domo arigato (‘thank you very much’) is still pretty much the only Japanese I know (besides ‘konichiwa’).

And a robot that I have a special affection for is Wall-E from the 2008 Disney movie of the same name…


I saw the movie with my kids when they were small and along the way I fell in love with Wall-E myself. I can’t imagine any other robot ever being quite as endearing! Wall-E reminded me a bit of the robot from the 1995 movie Short Circuit, who was adorable as well…

… but not quite as adorable as Wall-E. Maybe Wall-E was so adorable because the little machine could convey so much with very few words. Here’s a trailer…

This makes me want to go and watch the movie again!

15 thoughts on “Domo arigato, Mr Roboto

    1. squirrel.0072

      In the near future, current advances, in computer science and artificial intelligence applied to biology, should help people with some special disabilities.(cf swiss australia studies)

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  1. squirrel.0072

    As project for his next second year in engineering school, my son is applying to study computer science applied to robotic … So cross your fingers, perhaps he would be able to help you better understanding those strange humanoids…
    He likes studying japanish language there too…
    I do not know if I should still be able to see him in flesh and blood regularly

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      1. squirrel.0072

        Sure, he has been working on computers, creating plans, toys or in reality in our garden architect buildings and translating japanish mangas, DVD, … ever since childhood. But would he be able to pursue ???
        There is something about Richard Armitage playing Hannibal, when watching “the japanish-robot-humanoid-sweating-sport”, I thought.


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  3. Dennis DeYoung of Styx came out with the whole Mr. Roboto concept as a rock opera which eventually led to him leaving Styx over ‘creative differences” but you cannot grow as a band by doing ‘Come Sail Away” and “Renegade” on every album. I think that song was revolutionary when it came out. I haven’t seen Wal E maybe I will watch it with my nieces (or suggest it since they are the bosses) when I babysit them in a week.

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