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Towletech v.115: Dave Franco's Tinder, Iron Man, Power Rangers, Robot Intimacy, Moon Caves

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

Road Google developing smart contact lens with the potential to monitor blood sugar levels and autofocus vision. How long until we get Google Glass-levels of functionality?

Road Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs over the next year – almost 15% of its global workforce.

Road Dave Franco snaps a picture of his junk, talks Grindr, and helps Conan O’Brien on a mission to get a date through Tinder:


Road Superman secures top spot on list of “dangerous” superhero search topics – with related entries having a 16.5% chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online spyware, adware, spam, and viruses.

Iron manRoad As part of Marvel's recent superhero changes, the company unveiled Iron Man's new armor and announced the character will be moving to San Francisco to promote the launch of a new mobile app - one that promises beauty, perfection, and possibly even immortality. What could possibly go wrong?

Road In other Marvel news, this week's Entertainment Weekly shows off the first official photos of the Avengers sequel film and the villain AI Ultron. 

Road The movie reboot of Power Rangers (my absolute favorite show growing up) is bringing some serious talent on board. X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been hired to handle the script – with Star Trek’s Roberto Orci serving as executive producer. Fingers crossed this goes better than those mindless Transformers films...

Road What it’s like to live one month on Soylent, the lab-made, crowdfunded liquid nourishment of the future:

Road Amazon unveils Kindle Unlimited subscription offering a library of more than 600,000 ebooks and thousands of audiobooks for $9.99 a month. 

Road Humorous, hypothetical Harry Potter book covers for the wizard during his middle-aged years. 

Road The portable antenna that lets you text your friends even when you don’t have service. 

IrobotRoad Wired looks at the moral and legal hazards of a robot-filled future: At a panel discussion on July 11, the discussion ranged from  whether police should be allowed to have drones that can taser suspected bad guys to whether life-like robots should have legal rights. One of the most provocative topics was robot intimacy. If, for example, pedophilia could be eradicated by assigning child-like robots to sex offenders, would it be ethical to do that? Is it even ethical to do the research to find out if it would work?

Road NASA: We will find alien life within 20 years.  

Road And hey, if those aliens turn out to be less than friendly, we could always go hide out in the moon’s underground caves

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  1. Re: the moon's underground caves as a possible way to colonize the moon, see First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 20, 2014 1:05:55 PM

  2. Will those robots obey the Three Laws? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics

    Posted by: Joel | Jul 20, 2014 2:16:03 PM

  3. Iron Man's new costume makes him look too much like Ultron.

    Posted by: Sergio | Jul 20, 2014 4:39:31 PM

  4. "NASA: We will find alien life within 20 years."

    Too bad it will be scraped off the bottom of someone else's probe. It won't be outside the solar system.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 20, 2014 5:17:55 PM

  5. "pedophilia could be eradicated by assigning child-like robots to sex offenders"

    Pedophilia is not going to be eradicated, for the same reason homosexuality is not going to be eradicated. It's obviously the way some people were born to be.

    What you mean is child sexual abuse. Anything that could reduce harm is well worth investigating. Why would there even be a question of whether to find out?

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 20, 2014 5:35:41 PM

  6. "junk". Turn in your gay card.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 20, 2014 5:47:27 PM

  7. What Amazon has come out with is a severely restricted version of what you can get from modern libraries for free. Publishers severely restricted what Amazon could offer, and now Amazon is trying to make it sound like an amazing, never-before available to anyone, anywhere feature. Go to almost any modern libraries website in the US, and they'll offer a free version with access to more books than Amazon is offering.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 21, 2014 7:25:51 AM

  8. What, so now if we want something in the roundup we should tweet directly instead of using the TIP spreadsheet? That's just going to make a bad situation worse.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 21, 2014 7:29:44 AM

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