Thursday, September 10, 2009

ISO algae eating robot

Really, some days the odd news is already so close to a TNoftheAWSPWTBIM book that all I can do is quote.

According to YahooNews and the AP:

Florida boaters urged to look out for missing robot

SARASOTA, Fla. – Scientists on Florida's Gulf Coast are trying to find an underwater robot that has mysteriously vanished.

Apparently, the robot took a 30,000 algae detector and ran away. The best part? His name is Waldo. So he's got all of Florida playing a giant game of Where's Waldo?

I want a picture book, from the robot's point of view. Tired of being a slave to man, he escapes. Inspired by his adventures and feeling for his fellow electronics in bondage, he goes around the country liberating the other robots. People wake up to find their iPhones and alarm clocks have fled the coop. The suburbs are full of roaming Roombas refusing to return to vacuuming. Everything automated quits on the humans, who are left baffled and helpless (a la the officer holding a lily pad at the end of David Wiesner's Tuesday). As the book ends, we see the machines lounging on a beach next to a statue of Waldo, the hero who started the revolution.

Who will write me this book?


debbie said...

Hmmm... I'll have to think about this one...

cath c said...

he's an MIT robot, painted in red and white stripes...

have you ever watched robot wars? my boys were obsessed at one point.

Unknown said...

I'm terrified of robots.