Wait I might have to say Tyson is wrong isn't BB-8 a real robot? That they used for those shots?
@The Collector, nah they made a prototype to demonstrate but the droid was cgi in the move
@Udder Despair, no only on some shots was it CGI. You can clearly see it's a real robot.
@The Collector, it was CGI in some shots and practical effects in others
@The Poll Man, I don't think so according to some scientist it was actually badly made so I'm assuming it was all cgi but I may be mistaken.
@Udder Despair, no its a real robot. Technically 8 real robots, each one with a different purpose.
@The Collector, He probably means uncontrollable when changing direction of the robot. They used a real robot but they really only showed him rolling in a straight line on Jakku.
@The Handlebar , the real robot can roll in any direction there is small versions you can buy.
@The Collector, Sorry I was unclear. I mean there's so little friction between the sand and ball that if they tried turning him he would have slid a long way before turning the direction they wanted it to go.
@The Collector, they used a puppet for most the shots and made a working robot after the movie
@The Collector, Tyson is wrong, because it is Star Wars.
They have artificial gravity, space lasers that are somehow visible in transit, and the ability to fly across the galaxy in a few days...
They obviously have technology that we do not have, and that lets them do all of that stuff...if that's true, why assume they can't also make a robot roll on sand?
@The Collector, the robot wasn't speeding across the desert.
@talmet, about the Laser thing though. I have a theory that blasters are not actual lasers but they are shooting hot plasma. Because if so Jedi would be traveling at above light speed in order to block shots with their light sabers. Even if Jedi can use the force to predict where they are gonna get hit they still would have to move from bullet to bullet at over light speed.
@talmet, I hope that makes sense I'd didn't spell check or even proofread
@Zezima69, it makes sense
@Zezima69, blaster bolts are supposed to be heated plasma. The laser cannons they use on the flag ships however, I would guess are supposed to be lasers. They did show the laser cannon from the main planetary weapon/base traveling visibly through space.
@Zezima69, I've heard that theory before...and there is only one problem with it. In one of the movies, they refer to ship weapons as "turbo lasers"
@Udder Despair, thats not true, check out the bts
Where does it say he is smooth? He could easily have a sandpaper-y like texture to his body to slow him to role in harsh environments.
Lotta things that didn't make 100% sense in the new Star Wars
@sweaterpuppies, like that time when Luke was... *MURDERED*
@TheKnightsWhoSayNi, *as in I was murdered, not Luke. I have no idea if Luke dies or not. I have not seen the movie. If he does don't excommunicate me because I don't know.
@TheKnightsWhoSayNi, AND NOBODY TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED BECAUSE I HAVENT SEEN ANY SPOILERS YET!
@TheKnightsWhoSayNi, well, since you accidentally gave away a major spoiler of the film, I'm going to ruin it for you. He's killed by Jar Jar, who is actually a sith lord.
@AJ Fowl, I always thought Jar Jar was sith. I will go to my grave believing that
@TheKnightsWhoSayNi, And Chewbacca discovers that he's actually force sensitive, so he begins training as a Jedi.
@TheKnightsWhoSayNi, George Lucas is Kylo Ren, out to slaughter anyone who doesn't like the prequels.
@A Drunken Bear, I'm safe
I tend to respond with... They have technology beyond our comprehension in star wars, so there is no way to critically discuss if something is possible or not based on our limited understanding.
@Mr Literal, exactly!
It had rifts like a soccer ball
@Nazare, that's not gonna make a difference
@Kskronz, it gives it traction and assuming space engineers thought of this, the movement of the ball thing would have accounted for the skidding when moving/turning
This guy pisses me off more and more. Especially since he is completely wrong about this one.
@iOS9, I agree. I'm so sick of his pretentious holier (or rather, more scientific) than thou attitude.
@iOS9, I have a proffesor in college who says he's actually wrong most of the time. I'm just a simple English major so I can't really judge one way or the other...
@The Manwhore, doesn't surprise me.
@iOS9, I mean, it's if he's wrong as long as he admits his shjt is theoretical, but since he pretty much pushes everything he says as fact then he is kind of a cocky prick.
@The Manwhore, "theory" is law for scientists... Until it's proven wrong... Then "it's only theoretical" is used. I'll probably be told "I don't understand science" for saying that. But I see that happen more often now a days.
@The Manwhore, I'm a physics college professor, and I can confirm that Tyson is wrong most of the time.
@iOS9, it is unfortunate, but many of the "scientists" you see on TV, do follow that rule. They should know better, but they don't.
@iOS9, hate to break it to you, but he does this not because he's mad at the science and hates sci fi, but rather because he wants to be funny and have fun. He knows that it's sci fi. Also, Tyson is a big Star Wars/Star trek fan
In Star Wars: the Force Awakens, the plot and science behind it were all fictitious and are not representative of actual physics.
Obligatory, is that Miles? comment.
Depends on its dynamic center of mass
And yet he didn't do research as to how the fùck BB-8's head works..
He's such an arrogant douche. Stop putting this prick on a pedestal
@marinebiobry, he knows it's sci fi. He doesn't do this stuff to annoy people or force science down people's throats. He does it because it's fun and he wants to make people laugh
Out of all the messed up science in Star Wars, he chose that? Not even talking about the tie fighter being designed like an unaerodynamic target?
Die, preferably by lightsaber
BB-8 wasn't actually spherical. Look closely, it has flat planes all around. It's more of a rounded cube than a true sphere.
He tries so hard to be like next next Jesus, but he's just an astrophysicist with social media