ASIMO robot by Honda, featured in 'Living With Robots'Enlarge Photo
Honda’s FCX Clarity is one of the few hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles built and sold to the public by a major carmakerEnlarge Photo
Gearheads and their tech cousins, propellerheads, often run in the same circles. Both are possessed by a love of tinkering, futzing, and generally crafting bits of metal and plastic into useful and/or awesome stuff. Honda's (NYSE:HMC) research team is no exception to the rule, being known not only for high-tech cars like the 2009 Honda FCX Clarity (at left), but also for robotic devices like ASIMO.
Honda has now taken its love of tech one step further, into the realm of cinema. Partnering with director Joe Berlinger and producers @radical.media, the company filmed chats with many of its own employees, plus scientists, philosophers, writers, and other big thinkers, then joined those interviews to footage from Honda's research labs. The result: a short film entitled "Living With Robots", which is now being screened at the Sundance Film Festival. As you'll see below, it's a brief but thoughtful pondering of our life with machines -- even though it suffers a bit in the middle when it veers dangerously close to becoming a Honda commercial. Still, it makes our list of recommended timewasters for a Monday: