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Towletech v.113: Jurassic World, Turing Test, Magic Schoolbus, World's Largest TV

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BY KYLER GEOFFROY

A weekly round-up of the best tech, science, and geek-related news from around the web.

Road (1) The first official photos of increasingly hunky Chris Pratt on the set of Jurassic World. You’re welcome. 

Road (1) And while I myself can't wait for Jurassic World, a new report shows Chinese audiences are growing increasingly tired of Hollywood's overreliance on sequels, remakes, and special effects-stuffed blockbusters. 

Road (1) A Russian computer program has become the first AI to pass the Turing Test by impersonating a 13-year-old non-native-English-speaking Ukrainian boy. Futurist Ray Kurzweil and other experts, however, are saying not so fast. Luckily, we have Steven Colbert to clarify everything for us: its a 'robolution' in the making.

Road (1) Every video game being shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week in Los Angeles.

Road (1) MsbPut those fears about America's failing education system aside - Netlix has announced that it will reboot classic 90's kid's show The Magic Schoolbus.

Road (1) Crayola boxes may sadly become a thing of the past with Scribble - a pen that lets you scan and replicate any random object's color   

Road (1) Amazon launches Spotify-esque streaming music service free to Prime members.

Road (1) The powerful implications of 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, the “Internet of Things,” infinite computing and synthetic biology in one handy little 5 minute video: 

 

Road (1) A mind-controlled exoskeleton will be kicking off the World Cup's opening ceremony today.

Dr whoRoad (1) What Doctor Who might look like in the hands of Disney animators.   

Road (1) A Facebook employee by the name of Dave Goldblatt has donated $20,000 to win the top prize in a charity contest put on by Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin. And the prize? Dave will get the honor of having a new character named after him in an upcoming book...and said character will then be killed off in a grisly manner. So so very jealous

Road (1) You might have seen our post earlier today on NASA’s warp drive space ship designed to make interstellar travel easier. Well earlier this week, Boeing unveiled its new “space taxi” – designed to make it easier to launch astronauts into space. 

Road (1) And if you’re still looking for a Father’s Day present, consider the 370-inch Titan – the world’s largest television. It’ll only set you back a cool $1.7 million

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  1. The beautiful Abundance 360 / Exponential Technologies video seems to gloss over some of the less savory implications of these future technologies. Also, it assumes that these technologies will always benefit the average American, and not mostly the wealthy Republican plutocrat. Very myopic, given our current socioeconomic trajectory.

    Posted by: Sergio | Jun 12, 2014 10:05:07 PM


  2. CHINA complaining about unoriginal stuff? Pot, meet the kettle.

    Posted by: bernard | Jun 12, 2014 10:58:41 PM


  3. "A Facebook employee by the name of Dave Goldblatt has donated $20,000 to win the top prize in a charity contest put on by Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin. And the prize? Dave will get the honor of having a new character named after him in an upcoming book..."

    I thought they already had a Dave on GoT. Isn't Davos short for Dave?

    Posted by: Philie | Jun 13, 2014 12:02:36 AM


  4. ”Put those fears about America's failing education system aside - Netlix has announced that it will reboot classic 90's kid's show The Magic Schoolbus.“

    Oh the irony.

    Posted by: Towlette | Jun 13, 2014 1:01:24 AM


  5. The Turing Test in the future: www.artificial-intelligence.com/comic/4

    Posted by: robm83 | Jun 13, 2014 6:52:18 AM


  6. re: Abundance 360--
    1. when everyone has a 3-D printer what will the "ink" cost? Won't the supply be in the hands of a few conglomerates?
    2. batteries are not evolving as fast as computers. can a computer than is one millionth the size of the first a power source the same size?
    3. how will we produce the energy to run 1 billion computers? 360 must be positing some readily available, abundant, low impact fuel and/ or process. If you rely on lithium, for example, China can hold the world hostage.
    4. won't the giant solar collectors on all those satellites get shredded by space junk? And unless thare a giant relflectors set up, geo-synchronus satellites will need batteries for "night."
    5. Who will control access to all that data? does Abundance think anyone anywhere can download anything at anytime? AT&T doesn't like the sound of that.

    Posted by: Verbocity Eric | Jun 13, 2014 11:03:49 AM


  7. Not more of this singularity crap...

    Might as well rename it "prosperity gospel".

    No, I do not want my next-door neighbor "programming" DNA.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 14, 2014 5:46:13 PM


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