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Imagining five retro technologies as startup pitches

Imagining five retro technologies as startup pitches

 Silicon Valley is a bubble. Go into any SoMa coffee shop and you’ll hear founders and investors alike singing the praises of Hyperloop and flying cars — sci-fi tropes reincarnated by billionaires with a god complex. This isn’t to say these technologies shouldn’t be pursued, but sometimes it’s healthy to remember that we are effectively pulling […]

High schoolers celebrate 'Meme Day' with memes new and old

Got to give credit where it’s due: the kids these days are committed not just to the hip new memes, but also to the memes of yesteryear.  SEE ALSO: The sly bird meme is the latest thing you have to know about Take these kids from California who celebrated “Meme Day” at their school, with […]

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China takes its turn at a giant fighting robot

MegaBots' giant robot duel might just turn into a full-scale brawl. Beijing outfit Greatmetal has unveiled a prototype of Monkey King, China's take on an enormous battle machine. It's still human-piloted, but it has a distinct trick up its sleeve:…

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With AI investments, Taser could use its body camera division for predictive policing

 After announcing that it would shift some of its emphasis away from non-lethal weapons to police body cameras, for a fleeting moment it felt like the company synonymous with sticks that electrocute people was showing an interest in police accountability. Analysis from the Intercept and a 2017 “Law Enforcement Technology Report” by Taser suggest that the […]

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Yes, this Mets score is real

Oh, hey, Mets fans, hope you’re having a good Sunday. Let’s just check the score for today’s game against the Washington Nationals and … Hmmm. Maybe this is just a prank? Some jerk with Photoshop having a good time? Let’s just check ESPN and … yep, it’s real.  *goes to check Mets score* “Maybe they’re […]

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Russian Man Facing Prison For Making Pokémon Go Video Inside A Church

A Russian man might be spending years in prison after his trial wrapped up last week, after being arrested in 2016 for making a video about Pokémon Go while inside a church, a violation of the country’s laws against “inciting religious hatred”. Read more…

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You'll Swear This Macro Photography Universe Is CGI

It’s an odd paradox of our times, but when we see something extraordinary these days, it’s easy to assume that it was computer generated. CGI is the current all-consuming method of creating movie effects, but this video of ink in water shot with macro photography shows just how beautiful practical effects can be. Read more…

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'Orange is the New Black' hackers may have stolen 36 other shows

When the hackers who swiped Netflix's unreleased Orange is the New Black season warned that they had shows from other TV networks, they might not have been kidding around. TheDarkOverlord has reportedly provided DataBreaches.net with a "preview" of…

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AAA officially launches its car sharing startup Gig with a giant, sober dance party in Oakland

 Gig, a new car-sharing app created by the emergency roadside assistance service AAA rolled out to the Bay Area today. The startup comes out of A3 Ventures, AAA’s venture arm and the new one-way car sharing service is now active in Oakland and Berkeley, California. Gig is similar to other temporary car share services like […]

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Video Explores Scifi Trope of Women Who Are 'Born Sexy Yesterday'

It’s a tale as old as time— at least in science fiction. A beautiful woman wakes up in a scary new world, unable to grasp the basic day-to-day activities of life. She could be a robot, or a mermaid, or a goddamn Messiah sent by aliens. It doesn’t matter, she’ll always latch onto the first […]

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