In the episode 'The Bots and the Bees' Bender has a son called Ben and discovers he doesn't have the ability to bend because he doesn't have a bending card. To fix this he gets the Professor to switch his memory card for a bending card. Shouldn't Ben have lost his memory of being able to walk and talk?

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    It looks like basic functions (walking, talking) are hard-coded (like a BIOS or ROM). After that, we get to the interchangeable memory, which in this case would be anything extra (bending vs memories of his life). Jul 2, 2012 at 1:26
  • Good thing he didn't remove his CMOS battery.
    – Plutor
    Jul 2, 2012 at 11:48

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The ability to walk or talk is hardcoded in the robot - we know this because Ben can walk and talk after the operation but also because he's shown as able to walk/talk without explicit instruction. The memory card only contains those memories that the robot has made themselves after their creation/birth.

  • Does this mean that Ben will not be able to remember the things he learns at bending school?
    – 202
    Jul 1, 2012 at 8:07
  • I'd imagine those would be written into the bending card. However he presumably wouldn't be able to remember who the teacher is from day to day, etc.
    – dlanod
    Jul 1, 2012 at 8:24

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