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Academics have developed a method for delivering text messages through vodka spritzed into the air. Unlike conventional vodka-powered texts – which involve lemon drops, smartphones and lingering regret – this new experimental system uses the alcohol itself as the medium for delivery. The trio of researchers – Nariman Farsad …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    the postulated robots sound for all the world like a Turing machine.

    1. Gannon (J.) Dick

      Pardon ?

      (sorry couldn't resist)

  2. Suricou Raven

    Needs more chemicals.

    More chemicals to choose from means higher bitrate.

    The smell of smouldering insulation can be the code for 'hardware failure: abort communication.'

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Needs more chemicals.

      I would imagine consuming vegetable curry / live ale would be considered a denial of service attack.

      Probably a distributed one at that.

    2. Gannon (J.) Dick

      Re: Needs more chemicals.

      Yes, unfortunately the many azeotropes of ethanol will slow it down.

      I have some ideas ... (see icon)

  3. Allan George Dyer

    When do we get the RFC for IP over chemical networks?

    Though I suspect that this could cause severe degradation in reliability for RFC1149 - based networks in heterogeneous environments.

  4. Jamie Jones Silver badge

    How it went down:

    "I've been going over the expense returns, and it seems you've claimed for vodka. Care to explain yourselves?"

  5. Chris G Silver badge


    To get a good idea of how to use this for complex systems study ants, they have been doing it for more than a 100 million years.

    Personally if I had conducted this study I would have used a good aged dark rum like Pussers or Cacique, more aromatic and perfect to round off a day in the lab with a mojito or three!

  6. Fink-Nottle

    > "O CANADA"

    I like how the robot gets loud after a few vodkas.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Encoded in my ex's farts were the messages:

    The "fat burning" soup diet isn't working (FYI it's mostly cabbage)


  8. hitmouse

    More research money pissed into the wind

    1. Robert Helpmann??

      What an Unfortunate Analogy

      The team likened it to the pheromone and urine marking systems many animals species use to communicate over long distances.

      Illustrating why it is called "getting pissed." I wonder if getting anyone trying to intercept the message drunk should be looked at as a security measure...

  9. VinceH


    No, no offisher, I havn't been (hic) drinking, I've been shending textsh ushing vodka.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Optional

      Holy crap! It's Sean Connery!

  10. Identity

    What a waste!

    Thash all I haf ta shay...

  11. Darryl

    As a Canadian

    I'd like to point out that true Canucks should've used either rye whiskey or beer.

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  13. Mage Silver badge

    Like Animals

    No, nothing like Animals scent marking.

  14. mIRCat

    Shaken and stirred.

    Oi! I didn't order mine with an olive!

    Pint - Hopefully the wife doesn't notice my alcohol content.

  15. monkeyfish


    Finding new and inventive things to do with Vodka every day.

  16. Paul Renault


    ..You couldn't work the 'bender' or 'bend' into the article anywhere?

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Drunk robot 1 to drunk robot 2

    "I fucking love you mate."

    1. Fatman

      Re: Drunk robot 1 to drunk robot 2

      No, more like:

      "I need you to connect to my I/O port, and perform field service on me!"

      1. Martin Budden Silver badge

        Re: Drunk robot 1 to drunk robot 2

        Perform a virus scan before connecting, or it might catch VDU.

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