More Machine Than Man

Jan 3, 2020

Beep boop! In this audio quiz, contestants guess which fictional A.I. or robot-y voices they hear.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next game is about robots. So this audio quiz is called More Machine Than Man. We'll play clips of AI or roboty (ph) voices from movies or TV shows. You just give me the name of the bot. And the points are doubled. Paul, stay in the lead, and you are in the final round. Sarah, you need to get more points, or I guess we'll know whose intelligence is artificial.

(OOHING)

JONATHAN COULTON: Oh, boy.

EISENBERG: I know.

COULTON: Tough. Tough.

EISENBERG: It's harsh. Here we go. This droid's voice was created by comedians Ben Schwartz and Bill Hader, who are credited as vocal consultants in "The Force Awakens."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS")

COMPUTER-MODIFIED VOICE: (Beeping).

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Sarah.

SARAH SANDKUHLER: BB-8.

EISENBERG: Yeah. That's BB-8. Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: By the way, BB-7 sounded like crap. This "Jetsons" character was voiced by Jean Vander Pyl, who also voiced both Wilma and Pebbles Flintstone.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE JETSONS")

JEAN VANDER PYL: (As Rosie) Thank you. And I love you people, too.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Paul.

PAUL ALEXANDER: I want to say her name was Rosie.

EISENBERG: What - are you going to go with that?

ALEXANDER: The robot.

EISENBERG: Uh-huh.

ALEXANDER: The maid that did the cleaning.

EISENBERG: Sure. Yeah. You were right with Rosie.

ALEXANDER: Oh.

EISENBERG: I just wanted to make you suffer.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah. Rosie is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: That's right. She was a robot maid. Interesting that the robot maid had an apron.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: And she had to wear a uniform.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Why did she have to wear an apron?

COULTON: I don't know.

EISENBERG: D'Arcy Carden plays this programmed guide and bank of knowledge for "The Good Place."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE GOOD PLACE")

D'ARCY CARDEN: (As Janet) Hi there.

KRISTEN BELL: (As Eleanor Shellstrop) Ah.

CARDEN: (As Janet) How can I help you?

BELL: (As Eleanor Shellstrop) What the fork? Who are you?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Sarah.

SANDKUHLER: Janet.

EISENBERG: That's Janet. Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: The voice for these notorious "Doctor Who" genetically engineered mutants was created by elongating vowels while speaking into a ring modulator.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "DOCTOR WHO")

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Dalek) Exterminate. Exterminate.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As character) No.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Dalek) Exterminate.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Paul.

ALEXANDER: Daleks.

EISENBERG: Daleks - yes. That's correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right. This is your last clue. This starship's computer was voiced by Majel Barrett, who is married to Gene Roddenberry, the creator of "Star Trek."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION")

MAJEL BARRETT: (As Enterprise Computer) Direction unclear. Please repeat request.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Sarah.

SANDKUHLER: The USS Enterprise.

EISENBERG: Yes, that is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right. So close, but after two games, Sarah is going to the final round.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: Do you have what it takes to be an ASK ME ANOTHER contestant? If you think so, go to amatickets.org to apply.

Coming up, our special guest is Luke James. In the movie "Little," there's a scene where he dances shirtless. And I'm going to ask him one question for every ab, so eight questions.

I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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