Space the Final Frontier
It’s been 45 years since humans first landed on the moon, and the world’s now wondering when people — not just adorable selfie-loving rovers — are going to head over to Mars.
Buzz Aldrin seems confident a Mars colony will happen, based on a Reddit AMA the famed astronaut conducted this afternoon. Among other fascinating topics, like that time he met Tina Fey, Mr. Aldrin espoused his “very strong idea, concept, conviction, that the first human beings to land on Mars should not come back to Earth.”
There’s trouble in paradise for Yo, the app that raised a million bucks and rocketed to Internet fame this week.
If you haven’t yet heard of the absurd app, Yo lets users do one thing — message the word “yo” to one another. Useful, right?
Besides the widespread fear that Yo’s funding confirms the existence of a tech bubble, the app has been experiencing some more concrete issues in the past 24 hours, involving a fake celebrity account and a pretty serious hack.
Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Ashton Kutcher — a veritable tech trifecta — have quietly come together and invested $40 million in a “secretive artificial-intelligence company,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
The company is called Vicarious FPC, and its goal is to create a computer program that functions like the neocortex in a human brain.
Tumblr Goes Hard Taking a break from reblogging, faving and figuring out when their shares are going to vest, Tumblr employees threw themselves a cute little Halloween party. We spotted them sharing some photos on rival social network Twitter, but it looked like they were having a good time. The sales team dressed up as the cast of Spring Breakers, Betaworks’ golden child Poncho was spotted in the crowd and some jokester decided to be a Yahoo! employee. That forced smile and suit looks rigid enough to fit in the corporate world, so well done.
IRL Iron Man
Sometimes, when news is slow, Betabeat likes to imagine what the tech elite would be like should they appear on Bravo’s hugely successful reality TV franchise The Real Housewives. Would Sean Parker throw a glass at Zuck? Would Brit Morin flip her arts and crafts table in a fit of rosé rage? Will Elon Musk disappear for Read More
IRL Iron Man
Elon Musk really wants to convince everyone that the Tesla Model S won’t constantly run out of juice, leaving you stranded in traffic more than the lemon of a Triumph this reporter’s dad drove in the late 1970s.
Now, it seems, he’s decided to rope his kids into promoting the Tesla brand with a cross-country road trip, designed to demonstrate that you can get wherever you need in a Model S.
This sounds like a fantastic opportunity for Mr. Musk and his five sons to subsist entirely on Vienna sausages and cheese and peanut-butter sandwich crackers. But let’s hope the experience is more Crossroads, less National Lampoon’s Vacation.
IRL Iron Man
Hey, do you love Space Mountain and hate bumper-to-bumper traffic? Boy, does Elon Musk have the highly theoretical transit system for you!
The PayPal cofounder just released the open-source plans for his pipe dream, the Hyperloop, along with some futuristic renderings we’re pretty sure he stole from Frank Herbert’s Dune. It’s basically the love child of a supersonic jet and the monorail at Epcot. Mr. Musk says it’s “the right solution for the specific case of high traffic city pairs that are less than about 1500 km or 900 miles apart.”
Anything more and you just want to upgrade to supersonic air travel. (As one does.) Though he’s not entirely done hashing out the details, after pulling an all-nighter working on the plans:
Did Elon Musk’s pie-in-the-sky promises about releasing a plan for an ultra-fast “Hyperloop” get you all excited for the future of travel? Bad news: This time, even Mr. Musk has to admit he got a little ahead of himself.
On Tesla’s quarterly earnings call, someone asked (wholly seriously, it seems) whether shareholders would “see any benefit” from the Hyperloop, for which he’s supposed to release a plan on August 12. According to a Seeking Alpha transcript, that’s when the backtracking began:
Remember Ashton Kutcher, the huggable moptop from such comedy hits as Dude, Where’s My Car?, and That ’70s Show? Well, forget him. Forget he ever existed. Because the real Ashton Kutcher eats, sleeps and breathes tech and he always has, dummy.
You might have heard about the rollicking farce Mr. Kutcher is currently promoting, a film called Jobs. His part as the eponymous Steve Jobs “marks the all-in moment” solidifying his involvement in the tech world, CNet tells us. His foray into the industry began, of course, with his stint as “a popular Twitter user,” because that’s how all the greats get their start in tech.
Fuck Yeah Tumblr Tats Tumblr engineer Jeremy Johnstone, whose love for Tumblr’s now-parent company Yahoo has been chronicled in these pages before, did something totally normal: he got a Yahoo/Tumblr tattoo permanently inked to his shoulder blade.