Watch a Pack of Boston Dynamics’ Creepy Robot Dogs Pull a Truck

Dog Squad

Step aside, reindeer — robot dogs are hauling this load.

In an ominous video titled “Mush, Spot Mush!” posted on YouTube Tuesday, robot maker Boston Dynamics showed off the sheer strength of its SpotMini quadripedal robot dog. The clip shows 10 specialized Spotmini derivatives called Spotpower hauling a box truck across a parking lot — and at a one degree incline.

The robot maker announced in 2018 that it will start selling SpotMini robot dogs to the public this year. The 66 pound robot can climb stairs, cross a wide variety of different terrain and carry 31 pounds.

Spot, the Red-Nosed Reindog

Potential applications range Lees verder

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Someone Hid $1 Million In Bitcoin and Left Clues to Find It

A mysterious group of individuals hid the keys to $1 million worth of bitcoin in a twisted game with no rules, CoinDesk reports.

Satoshi’s Treasure

A group has hidden the keys to $1 million worth of bitcoin — and left cryptic clues to find them, CoinDesk reports. The game has the adventurous name “Satoshi’s Treasure,” a reference to the eponymous inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto.

Think of it as a large-scale treasure hunt a la “Ready Player One,” with clues spread out across the internet. The first clue of the puzzle was released yesterday, and 6,000 people have already signed up to play.

Logic Puzzles

“There are some clues that are very scavenger hunt-y, and clues where it’s purely logic Lees verder

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Venture Capital Firms Are Pouring Money Into Astrology

Recently, venture capital firms have invested heavily in astrology apps and companies that are benefitting from cultural popularity.

Taurus in Donut

Astrology doesn’t have to be real for it to attract real money.

In recent months, astrology startups offering apps and subscription services have raised quite a bit of money from venture capitalists and other big-money investors, reports The New York Times, with some apps raising millions in recent funding rounds — a strange collision between the analytical world of finance and the superstitious one of horoscopes.

Venus in Retrospect

Many of these astrology apps do well with millennial-targeted marketing campaigns, offering free horoscopes then charging for other services like one-on-one consultations, or generating birth charts — personality readings based on the position Lees verder

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A California City Just Launched a Basic Income Trial

Stockton, California, is in the early stages of its experimental trial of a universal basic income trial. A small group of people is getting $500 per month.

New Pilot

Stockton, California, recently started an experimental basic income program. The concept is simple: 130 residents will receive monthly payments, no strings attached, over the course of 18 months. The first payment was delivered in February.

When the experiment is complete, according to The Los Angeles Times, city authorities will pore over how people spent the money and how it changed their lives — resulting in a study that could provide crucial insight into the economics of basic income.

Basic Income

Participants aren’t exactly getting lifted out of poverty — the city is paying each person $500 each month. It’s not enough to Lees verder

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After Backlash, Pepsi Says It Never Planned a Space Billboard

After an outpouring of anger about the project on social media, PepsiCo no longer says it plans to launch a space billboard.


Recall the Pepsi slogan of yore: “Refresh Everything.” Apparently, that also includes the truth!

On Saturday, Futurism broke a story about Pepsi’s plans to use a space billboard sponsored by one of its energy drinks to protest against what it claimed were stereotypes unfair to gamers. But by Monday, after an outpouring of anger about the project on social media, PepsiCo — which owns brands ranging from Frito-Lay to Tropicana — had changed its tune about the project, saying the plans would go no further than a stratospheric test it recently carried out to try out the technology.

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NASA is Building Inflatable Robot Astronauts

NASA is paying a team of scientists to build an inflatable robot that can move and grasp things by selectively inflating chambers that act like muscles.

Balloon Animals

NASA is investing in robots that do away with hard metal chassis and instead navigate by rapidly inflating and deflating air-filled sacs.

Scientists from Brigham Young University teamed up with the startup Pneubotics to build an inflatable robot named King Louie, according to IEEE Spectrum. The robot looks sort of like a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot crossbred with a Bobo Doll — but its slightly unnerving appearance could be worth the benefits that NASA expects inflatable bots to bring to space missions.

Floppy Drive

Inflatable robots could serve as a lightweight, space-efficient alternative to metallic robots or robotic arms on NASA’s rovers, Lees verder

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An AI Invented a Weird Sport Called “Speedgate”


Digital product agency AKQA says it has taught an artificial intelligence to invent a sport by feeding it data about 400 existing ones, TechCrunch reports. The resulting never-played-before sport, called “Speedgate,” is an unusual mix of soccer and rugby — with a touch of Quidditch.

Speedgate is by turns familiar and bizarre. Two opposing teams of six players pass and eventually kick or throw a ball through one of three gates at either end of a field — as long as it’s not the middle one. The team is composed of three forwards and three defenders. Only one defender can be in Lees verder

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Fortunately, There Are Incredible 3D Scans of Notre Dame

By using 3D-laser scanning technology, there may still be hope for the full recovery and rebuild of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

From Bits to Atoms

The world watched in horror Monday night while flames tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. As flames consumed the roof and toppled its iconic central spire, it seemed as though the historic church could be lost forever — but it’s possible, thanks to cutting-edge imagining technology, that all hope may not be lost.

Thanks to the meticulous work of Vassar art historian Andrew Tallon, every exquisite detail and mysterious clue to the building’s 13th-century construction was recorded in a digital archive in 2015 using laser imaging. These records have revolutionized our understanding of how the spectacular Lees verder

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Taco Bell Competitor Embraces Plant-Based “Meat” in its Tacos

The fast-food chain Del Taco just announced a new partnership with Beyond Meats to start selling plant-based meat alternatives starting April 25.

Meatless Monday

The American chain franchise Del Taco just announced that it will be the first fast-food taco joint to sell plant-based Beyond Meat as an alternative to beef, starting on April 25.

The move doubles the number of fast food chains to feature plant-based meat alternatives from one to, uh, two — earlier this month, Burger King announced that it had partnered with Impossible Foods to create meatless Whoppers. Now, with Del Taco working with Beyond Meat, plant-based meat alternatives have a real shot at going mainstream, according to Vox’s analysis.

“Beyond Tacos”

Del Taco and Burger King are sourcing their meat alternatives from Lees verder

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Elon Musk’s Question for Super-Smart AI: What’s Outside the Simulation?

In an interview with MIT researchers Lex Fridman, Tesla CEO and visionary Elon Musk reiterated his belief that we're all living inside a simulation.

Wake Up, Neo

In an interview with MIT researcher Lex Fridman, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reiterated his belief that we’re all living inside a simulation.

When Fridman asked him what his first question would be for the first-ever artificial general intelligence system, Musk replied: “What’s outside the simulation?”

Pong of my People

Musk has floated the possibility that we’re all living in a “The Matrix” style simulation for several years. During a 2016 interview at a tech conference, Musk asserted that there’s “a one in billions chance we’re in base reality.”

The argument: video games have evolved from a “Pong, two rectangles and Lees verder

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