Friday Funny: Robots in the Data Center

Happy New Year! It’s the first Friday of 2014, and that means it’s time for some fun before we get the weekend rolling. Diane Alber, the Arizona artist who created Kip and Gary, has a new cartoon for Data Center Knowledge’s cartoon caption contest. We challenge our readers to submit a humorous and clever caption that fits the comedic situation. Please add your entry in the comments below. Then, next week, our readers will vote for the best submission.

Here’s Diane’s thoughts on this week’s cartoon, “I was inspired by this comic when I saw the title of an article written by Bill Kleyman, ‘An Interview with a Robotics Professional.'”

Hearty congratulations to Jim Leach for submitting last week’s winning caption, “I said ‘airside economization’ not ‘outside economization!'” for our Natural Cooling cartoon.

New to the caption contest? Here’s how it works: We provide the cartoon and you, our readers, submit the captions. We then choose finalists and the readers vote for their favorite funniest suggestion. The winner receives a hard copy print, with his or her caption included in the cartoon!


For the previous cartoons on DCK, see our Humor Channel.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Matt G

    Call the DCIM vendor.... we have a change request.

  2. But are they certified?

  3. Michael Gray

    I see the NSA spybots are here

  4. Matt G

    ...and the new server in the corner runs the robot control system. Its called 'SkyNet'.

  5. Eric

    I can see this turning into a real cluster

  6. Dale Stout

    Do they drink coffee?

  7. Bill Kleyman

    "They've been just standing there like that for hours, Rich. Maybe we should unplug and then plug them back in again..."

  8. Ricky Garcia

    First they got rid of spinning disks, looks like we are next.

  9. One keeps ranting about a doctor and the other one keeps reeling "you will become like us". It's a little creepy.

  10. Peter Citarella

    That's the last time I order cables from Amazon!

  11. Bill

    We'll have to get them their own mugs, how else can we blame them for coffee stains on the white space floor?

  12. King


  13. So that explains the new oil and lube machine in the coffee break room.

  14. "Nice cardboard robots costumes, interns..." "Now get back to access requests and stay out of the wiring closets."

  15. I am happy to see our workforce augmented, but you would think cross training would have been more automated.

  16. dday

    I know important but this new change team is ridiculous

  17. Kees Cusell

    Are they automating the automation now??

  18. Are you sure outsourcing the hiring decisions to SkyNet was a good idea?

  19. Semir Hadzic

    " .. I hear that they are more paid than us..."