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EspanolBot

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« on: 02-03-2004 03:44 »

On Futurama...
1) It can't make animals intelligent because it is "science fiction mumbo jumbo"
2) I can make "bits" bigger on humans.

So it only works on humans. Or they made a mistake or whatever.
M0le

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« Reply #1 on: 02-03-2004 06:41 »

Maybe they don't use it on animals because of animal rights? Though in 'The Problem with Popplers' they seemed to be all but gone. Maybe they don't want to waste it on animals?
If it was a mistake, I sure hope someone was fired for that blunder.  big grin
EspanolBot

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« Reply #2 on: 02-03-2004 06:45 »

Groan
Lord Zoidberg

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« Reply #3 on: 02-03-2004 07:38 »

I would Imagine that making "bits" bigger, even in humans, would be scientifically easier than making something super inteligent.
sci_bot

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« Reply #4 on: 02-03-2004 21:05 »

 
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Originally posted by Lord Zoidberg:
I would Imagine that making "bits" bigger, even in humans, would be scientifically easier than making something super inteligent.

<geek>Hmm, probably not, certainly not in the future. Genes definitely do play a role in intelligence, and it will only be a matter of time before genomic studies find the genes involved. That being said genes aren’t an on/off, they just increase the propensity for something to happen</geek>

The actual answer to the original question (like the answer to almost every question in this section) is that IT’S A JOKE.

In the context of the episode (Mars University) Leela asks the professor how Gunter became so intelligent suggesting a plausible answer (genetic modification) which the professor dismisses as mumbo jumbo. The professor then says that Gunter’s intelligence comes from his “electronium hat, which harnesses the power of sunspots to produce cognitive radiation!”

You see, it’s funny ‘cos the professor’s explanation is more ridiculous.

GM: Mumbo perhaps, jumbo… perhaps not!

woopsie daisy!

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« Reply #5 on: 02-04-2004 07:16 »

They almost surely be able to make "bits" bigger 50 years from now, let alone in 1000 years!
Lord Zoidberg

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« Reply #6 on: 02-04-2004 08:08 »

 
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Originally posted by woopsie daisy!:
They almost surely be able to make "bits" bigger 50 years from now, let alone in 1000 years!


  smile Can't wait for that personally.

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Teral

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« Reply #7 on: 02-04-2004 08:54 »

I don't know, I'll be 80 in 50 years, it kinda defeats the whole point.  wink
Lord Zoidberg

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« Reply #8 on: 02-04-2004 10:44 »

Well the professor is 160 and he still manages it. (Mothers Day and 300 Big boys)
woopsie daisy!

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« Reply #9 on: 02-07-2004 02:50 »

Yep, he's pretty *busy* for a senile 160 yo.

 big grin
Teral

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« Reply #10 on: 02-07-2004 13:32 »
« Last Edit on: 02-07-2004 13:32 »

Sure, but he has a 1000 years edge on health technology. When I'm 160 I'll be dead. .... I made myself sad.

But he does look lively, wonder why tehy send everybody to the Near-Death Star if they're still contributing members of society. A bit of a waste if you ask me.
VoVat

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« Reply #11 on: 02-08-2004 15:01 »

The age limit was probably set some time ago, when living to 160 wasn't as common, and those people who did generally couldn't function properly.  Then they just never got around to changing it.
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