Robots Are Now Learning The Same Way You Are

Even robots need the Internet, apparently. Researchers at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bremen in Germany have been working on RoboHow, a project that teaches robots to "read" information from exactly where we all get it: online. The program, which works on different types of robots (one in Germany, for example, learned to make pizza on it's own), utilizes articles, videos of tasks being performed, and kinesthetic movement to train bots to perform everyday tasks. see more

The Bizarre Phenomenon of Video-Game Deaths

Late one evening several years ago, at an Internet cafe in New Taipei City, Taiwan, an attendant approached the table of 23-year-old computer gamer Chen Rong-Yu. The 23 hours of computer access Chen had paid for the day before in advance had at last expired, and Chen, still seated at the console, hands poised before mouse and keyboard, needed to be asked to pay up or leave. But the attendant found a curious thing when she placed a hand on the young man's shoulder: Chen Rong-Yu was dead. So absorbed in a marathon session of the online RPG League of see more

Finally, an Umbrella That Lets You Text in the Rain

Ever tried texting while holding an umbrella? It's damn near impossible to do without getting wet. But there's good news for all texting obsessives: KT, a South Korean company, has created a product that will make using your phone in the rain much easier. see more

The First Apple Watch Sex Toy Is Here

Ask, and ye shall receive: And, damn, were you knocking the door down for a jiggly pink sperm-shaped thing that lets you give orgasms from your wrist. So here it is, fully funded by IndieGogo after sweeping up almost double its $10,000 goal fund: the first Apple Watch-controlled sex toy. Isn't she beautiful? This might be the best inadvertent smartwatch ad we've seen yet. see more

The First Space Elevator Will Stretch 12 Miles Above Earth

The idea of taking an elevator into space seems like the stuff of Syfy channel dreams, but for one company that is taking "going up" very ambitiously, it might be a reality. Thoth Industries, a Toronto-based space company, has just announced it has received the first patent for a space elevator in the United States. The freestanding tower (which would stretch 12 miles over the Earth) could be used for communications, energy, or even tourism. see more

Turns Out That Teen Girls Are, Like, Linguistic Trailblazers

Ever been accused of talking like a teenage girl? Did you deny it? You shouldn't have. That's because young women nudge language forward more rapidly than men, according to a report in Quartz. The report cites two University of Helsinki linguists, Tertuu Nevalainen and Helena Raumolin-Brunberg, who surveyed of 6,000 letters written between 1417 and 1681 for their 2003 book Historical Sociolinguistics. Essentially what they found was that teen girls are better at doing away with outmoded language and then rapidly adopting new patterns of speech. "While the pattern is well-established, we still don't know for sure yet why see more

A Stereo System That Blends Industrial Style With Great Sound

If you're looking for audio equipment that looks as good as it sounds, check out Richmond, Virginia-based company Fern & Roby, whose sophisticated yet industrial line of sound gear is bound to impress—and that's before you even turn it on. see more

What's a Giga Coaster and How Do I Ride One?

The Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. see more
Food + Drinks

This App Takes the Stress Out of Finding a New Bar

Plagued by the age-old dilemma of which drinking hole to spend your Friday night at? If you have high standards but hate making decisions, it might be time to try Bar Roulette, a new app that merges Uber and Yelp to take the pressure off finding the perfect spot. Created in part by Tyler Schwartz of Product Hunt, the app allows you to order an Uber, select a radius you'd like to stay within, then chooses a bar with a high Yelp rating to whisk you away to. The fun part? You don't know what the bar is until see more

Guggenheim's New iPad App Gives You Access to 1,600 Works of Art

Need a culture fix but not quite feeling like leaving the apartment? Lucky for you, the Guggenheim just released a new iPad app, giving you the best of its collection without even leaving the couch. The app pulls from both current exhibitions and the museum's archives, giving you access to over 1,600 works of art, all just a tap and a scroll away. If you feel like more of an education, you can also check out more than 100 out-of-print titles from the Guggenheim's publishing arm—so you can name-check everyone from James Turrell to Jenny Holzer with confidence on your see more
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