Scientists and Tsunamibots Join Forces!

This Saturday, April 22, scientists and allies of the scientific community plan to rally together for the March for Science. According to its official website, the march is "a gathering of people standing together to acknowledge and voice the critical role that science plays in each of our lives." The main event happens in Washington, D.C., but more than 500 satellite marches are planned on every continent — except Antarctica, which seems strange, because I was under the impression that Antarctica is pretty much populated with nothing but scientists. Maybe a march on the South Pole would be like preaching to the choir.

And who better to provide musical entertainment for Burlington's march than Waitsfield's cybernetic surf-punk trio the Tsunamibots. The band, composed of three humanoid subjects controlled remotely by their robot overlords, wouldn't exist without major scientific and technological advancements, such as artificial intelligence. (Play along with their shtick, people.)

The march begins at 5 p.m., starting at the plaza in front of the Royall Tyler Theatre on the University of Vermont's main campus. Marchers proceed down College Street toward Waterfront Park. There, the Tsunamibots will begin their robotic assault on all humans who dare withstand their mighty riffs and licks.

Aside from the wave-slaying automatons, guest speakers include former Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen, and CEO of GameTheory Marguerite Dibble.

Jordan Adams