A weekly round-up of the best tech, science, and geek-related news from around the web.
Batman V Superman director Zack Snyder is having fun with his friendly Twitter crossover competition against Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams.
Space X founder and eccentric billionaire Elon Musk has long-term plans to "establish a city on Mars." No word yet if he's taking name suggestions yet.
After two years and nearly five miles of driving, the Mars Curiosity rover has finally reached the base of Mount Sharp. One of the rover's primary goals now is to study the mountain's clay-rich lower layers that could reveal information about the planet's past – a past that may even indicate signs of life. Check out a video on the milestone below:
Turns out the U.S. would rather side with the Galactic Empire than the Rebel Alliance. At least, everywhere except North Dakota (rebel scum…)
RIP iPod Classic
Check out the Strati – the world's first 3D printed car that just made its debut at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.
The rise of artificially intelligent journalism. "Automated writing will soon be showing what it can really do, when it merges with another technological advance: individual tracking of billions of consumers, thanks to their purchases, internet browsing habits, mobile communications and such. 'One day President Obama explained to the media that if Americans made sure their tyres were properly inflated they could save 7% on fuel. This claim went unheeded because folks didn’t want to do the math. But in the future your favourite news website will explain things differently: it’ll know who you are, the make of car you drive and how much it consumes, how far you travel every week, the type of fuel you buy, and so on. It’ll draft an article specially for you, telling you exactly how many dollars you’d save if your tyres were properly inflated,' Hammond says. The same approach could be used in countless other sectors, from healthcare to politics. 'One day, there will only be a single reader for each article.'"
A first look at the upcoming Windows 9 multi-desktop display.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says the American public should be more concerned about drones. "There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that’s happening on what we consider our private property. That type of technology has to stimulate us to think about what is it that we cherish in privacy and how far we want to protect it and from whom. Because people think that it should be protected just against government intrusion, but I don’t like the fact that someone I don’t know…can pick up, if they’re a private citizen, one of these drones and fly it over my property."
This adorable 'Chewbacca Dog' looks ready for next year's Star Wars: Episode VII.
7 times Batman bent his "no guns" rule.
Will advances in technology lead many of us to live in nomadic, tech-savvy communities? "Living in tiny but technologically advanced mobile houses, we’ll form ad-hoc communities with individuals who share similar interests, in a manner similar to subreddits. 'Mass digital nomadism will act a little bit like Reddit: agglomerating geeks together in proto-cities (gamers, psychonauts, artists, vegans, nudist, queers), and create super cool homogenous communities,' said Logomachy’s Guillaume Dumas, adding that this system would make it easier for individuals to find friends and potential partners."
PHOTOS: Patrick Stewart surprises child Star Trek fan who has life-threatening illness.
Audi is set to debut in the near future a semi-autonomous car – one that includes a system that drives itself in stop-and-go urban traffic. Wonder if it will also includes horn-honking and road rage simulation features?