So I think this bit of fan mail from our listener John sets up this week's episodes rather nicely:
"Listening to Robots podcast and y'all keep mentioning Roombas, and I know you are cat people. We on a Skeptical Listserve were discussing Roombas last month, and a participant mentioned that a friend of his had a Roomba and a Cat. The cat crapped on the carpet, and the Roomba not-so-helpfully tracked the feces all over the house."
This anecdote has it all: robots in the home, cat poop and our annoyance with both. Here are your Stuff to Blow Your Mind topics for this week:
Smells to Blow Your Mind Did you know that smell is the only one of your five senses with a direct connection to your brain? Or that plants can smell and that fancy cheese and David Beckham's foot odor share the same molecular smells? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I break down the amazing science of smell.
Living With Robots: Worst Roomates Ever The robot invasion of our homes has begun, and the future is bright with robotic caregivers and mechanical maids. But just how to we plan to keep this cohabitation from feeling creepy? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss such advancements as "robot skin" and machines that anticipate our every thought.