2010 November 21 Sunday
Robot Philosopher Revolt

In my first XtraNormal video I look at what a personal servant robot might decide to do after reading Nietzsche.

If you have any suggestions for videos you would like to see made post them in comments or email them to me at randall dot parker at ymail dot com.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2010 November 21 04:50 PM  Off Beat And Odd


Comments
Tom Slick said at November 21, 2010 5:51 PM:

Nice scene. Did it take much time to learn how to use XtraNormal? I'm hoping for a sequel.

By the way, I had to click through to the site to see your video. The video embedded in your post was some "please wait" kind of filler piece.

kudzu bob said at November 21, 2010 8:42 PM:

Good stuff. A buddy of mine also scripted a cyber-themed Xtranormal toon, this one featuring depraved robots who drink too much and that are infected with nasty viruses acquired by surfing shady websites. You'll like it.

Randall Parker said at November 21, 2010 9:09 PM:

Tom Slick,

It was pretty easy to learn the very basics. The biggest thing to know: Hit the plus sign at the bottom right of each text statement to get the next statement after it.

There are fancier features that I do not understand yet. I think I'll have to make a few and experiment.

I intend to make more of them.

kudzu bob,

There are lots of great XtraNormal videos. For a techie who understands software development and relational databases this video is very funny and the other 3 videos by that guy funny too.

luke said at November 22, 2010 12:03 AM:

This was actually very good. If you have some more material, you could turn this into a series and perhaps it would go viral. You're a good writer Randall. I have a few suggestions: make the voices different, they sound too similar. And I would junk the model for the murderer robot altogether and come up with another model. The murderer robot looks far too creepy. The human master seems like a beta who became an alpha through a machine and if he wanted a female robot servant, he'd opt for a "cuter" model. In future videos you may want to break away from the xtranormal format you see copied elsewhere. That is, make it seem more like a real conversation instead of having one character ask simple questions while the other character gives long responses. And good for you for not resorting to cheap (prole) laughs by adding cuss words. Good job.

Randall Parker said at November 22, 2010 5:44 PM:

luke,

All useful criticisms. Thanks. Yes, I noticed the voices were too similar. I was trying to make it work at all. I'll see if I can go back and change the voices.

A robot philosopher series: I'll see what I can come up with.

Anonymous said at November 22, 2010 7:39 PM:

Well done!!


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