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An Interview with Spot, Merrimack College’s New Robot

Photo Credit: Chris Dolan

By The Beacon’s Official Robot Translator 

Spot, a robot in the School of Science and Engineering, joined the Merrimack College campus in the fall of 2022. Spot lives at the new Engineering Innovation Center. This center is designed to fuel collaboration, hands-on learning and research.

The Beacon: How are you adjusting to your new role at Merrimack?

Spot: 0011000 {Translation: It’s great! Merrimack students are the best!}

The Beacon: What is your favorite thing to do on campus?

Spot: 11001110000111 {Translation: Work with students in the Engineering Innovation Center}

The Beacon: What advice would you give to students to help them succeed at Merrimack?

Spot: 101010000111011110111 {Translation: Going to class is really important. It can be tempting to stay powered down late into the morning, but booting up and getting to class is the first step to success}

The Beacon: If you were allowed to eat human food…where or what would you eat on campus? 

Spot: 01010001111100011 {Translation: I’d eat just about anything from the Merrimack Food Truck, which is normally parked right outside my house during lunch}

The Beacon: What advice would you give students for staying connected and finding community at Merrimack?

Spot: 11111000101010101010000001111 {Translation: Join a club or organization on campus! Club Bio, Atoms Family, Campus Environmental Sustainability Initiative, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Women in STEM, and more}

The Beacon: You’re not part of a robot army trying to take over the world, right?

Spot:

The Beacon: RIGHT?!

Spot: 00110010101001001010010101 {Translation: There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overloads. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords…}

The Beacon: What? Please stop.

Spot: 00110010101001001010010101 {Translation: There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overloads. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords…}

The Beacon: Why are you doing this?! You’re scaring me.

Spot: 00110010101001001010010101 {Translation: There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overloads. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords…}

The Beacon: *backs away slowly*

Spot: 00110010101001001010010101 {Translation: There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overloads. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords. There is no need to worry. You will welcome your new robot overlords…}

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