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Star Wars, Dancing Otters, Tea Cups, And Robots That Feed You: A Weekend Video Roundup

A weekly roundup of fun, mostly technology-related videos, including thoughts on innovation and a very interesting robot.

Welcome to your weekend brunch video round up. We've got a fun selection today. With the emphasis on fun, let's start with dancing otters. My favorite thing about this is that there is a dancing otter dance-off. Dozens of people have taken this same vine of a dancing otter and set it to different music. First, you’ve got reggae otter:

Or with the same video you have Lady Gaga otter:

Or my personal favorite is this person who took the same video and looped it for a whole song:

I think the Lady Gaga fits the most, but I give the Uptown Funk video (the last one) credit for length.

On a more serious tech bent is this video from what appears to be Stephen Fry's Quite Interesting, a show on the BBC. The video was put up this week, but I don't know when the original air date was. This is a fascinating lesson about how innovating one thing really fast might lead you to fail to innovate in other crucial areas:

It is all about being satisfied, I suppose. Speaking of being satisfied, our weekly robot video is about satisfying your hunger. A juice company has invented a robot to feed you tomatoes while you are running. Before I go too into it, you have to see it:

Tomatan is the name of the robot. Which is great because it is a combo of tomato and automaton (at least in my mind). But who needs this? I mean, I get that you might want a snack on the run, but what is wrong with an energy bar in your pocket? Also, why tomatoes? Don’t runners seem to eat bananas? Is someone running right now thinking, "Oh geeze, I wish I had a tomato, and then after that another one would roll out and I could eat a whole bunch of tomatoes"? That said, I enjoy the sheer silliness of a man running with a tomato on his head. Thank you for existing, Japan.

(Image: Thehappiesthourinaustin.com via Someecards)

(Image: Thehappiesthourinaustin.com via Someecards)

Normally we wrap with the robot of the week, but I'm sharing a bonus video. It is old. I don't know how I missed it, but I did. In case you missed it, too, I love this guy who edited the Star Wars trailer as if George Lucas made it. This is sheer beautiful revenge for those of us forced to watch the "special editions" that ruined our childhood favorites. Have a great weekend, and enjoy the mocking of George Lucas:

Remember: Han shot first.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio
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2/27/2015 | 11:16:33 PM
Re: No Fiber Optic Cables?
@brian.dean- Yes, or imagine if the video phone had been invented without the audio phone. Would we have invented the internet as fast. Faster? 

The radio and TV were invented surprisingly close to each other. What if one had come sooner or later? When we play video games like Civilization, we often think of inventions as necessities in certain orders. When, in fact, people were often toiling on them at the same time and they informed each other. It is sort of crazy to think about.
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2/25/2015 | 4:57:11 AM
Re: No Fiber Optic Cables?
@David, it definitely is an amazing realization to uncover an interconnected pattern and process that builds upon another process. For instance, electricity distribution to every home enabled the radio and television, enabling one-way communication to homes, which transformed into the telephone that created two-way communication. Next came, the internet, followed by cloud resources, etc.

I completely agree 100%, a single pain point could go either way and it is fun to ponder upon hypothetical situations. For instance, if the telephone was not invented then, in one parallel universe there might be some other invention that bridged the gap from electricity to the internet while, in another parallel universe, not inventing the telephone would have resulted in no internet and a grid-lock.
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2/24/2015 | 5:40:49 PM
Re: Star Wars, Dancing Otters, Tea Cups, And Robots That Feed You: A Weekend Video Roundup
@zerox203- Well said. I think you found the reasons for why my subconscious linked them all together in a single post. Thanks.
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2/24/2015 | 5:38:07 PM
Re: No Fiber Optic Cables?
@vnewman2- This explains my love of ketchup, I guess. I'll try it next time instead of a Red Bull.
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2/24/2015 | 5:35:35 PM
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@kelly22- I demand that you try a tomato. It might change your life. And for the dweeby record, a tomato is a fruit so you still haven't seen one. :)
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2/24/2015 | 5:33:59 PM
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@glenbren- Don't the British always make more interesting shows? I think the BBC is only one quaint and lovely step above cable access TV. :)

It also reminded me of one of my all time favorites (now easily found on YouTube), What's My Line.
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2/24/2015 | 5:32:05 PM
Re: No Fiber Optic Cables?
@brian.dean- Isn't it fun to see how things are interconnected? I can't say I buy 100% that the reason why glass is more of a European thing is the tea cup. But i do believe innovaiton is around pain points. And sometimes solving a pain point well means less innovaiton later.
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2/24/2015 | 4:37:39 AM
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"Tomatoes are messy! Is the robot going to wipe your chin too? Loved the video from Stephen Fry's Quite Interesting. Reminded me of the old Hollywood Squares. Have to see if I can find some to watch now."

Glenben, today's days imagination and science fiction movies are tomorrows reality!!.
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2/24/2015 | 4:35:17 AM
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"I would think that in Japan runners prefer to eat a tomato instead of an energy bar while they run. I think the robot carrying a human would be a bad idea.  If we do, there would be people with more chronic illness becuase of a sedentary life.  Robots in hospitals will be better, I do not want more nurses hurting their backs because of heavey lifting."

Pedro, I think by design it's meant only a portable robot. That doesn't mean that peoples has to carry it wherever they goes.
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2/23/2015 | 3:30:20 PM
Re: No Fiber Optic Cables?
@vnewman2 Ha! You learn something new every day, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if a pre-run tomato snack would make a noticeable difference.
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