SPEAK Samantha, being a researcher, took the hypothesis of the Martians talking to us via the dog language from old “Lassie” TV shows and began testing it on Humpty the robot. Yep, it began responding to canine commands. Now, this still means that Mars is using a language that was unknown to it seventy years ago, and is the product of a culture that it seems hostile toward. The upshot is that it’s taking great pains to communicate with us. …When it’s not trying to blow us out of the sky. It seems rather conflicted.