The Plugged In Show, Episode 135: Virtual Babies and Pixar’s Lightyear

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Babies are so cute, aren’t they? The way they giggle and coo and cry and wake up in the middle of the night and need diaper changes every few minutes …

Well, OK. So maybe babies aren’t always so cute. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could delete all those 2 a.m. cryfests? And maybe reset the number of times the kid goes potty? And hey, maybe you could just wipe away the “terrible twos” while we’re at it. And make sure they never turn 13.

According to some, such babies may be just around the corner—give or take 50 years. Thanks, of course, to technology.

Plugged In reviewer Kennedy Unthank wrote a blog about these so-called “virtual babies” earlier this month. But the concept is just so interesting that wanted to have a full-throated conversation about it on The Plugged In Show.

After that, we’ll launch into infinity and beyond and talk Lightyear with Plugged In Director (and regular show host) Adam Holz. He tells us why the (ahem) buzz surrounding this movie hasn’t been all positive.

Then we’ll wrap things up as we often do: with Ashley, our producer, asking a bunch of questions as part of our Pop Culture Connection game.

So let’s blast off into these conversations together. I’m virtually certain you’ll have a good time. And then when you’re through listening, start talking: Chime in with your own thoughts on Facebook, Instagram or via email ([email protected]). And, as always, take a look below to find links on everything we’ve talked about.

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Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.