the robots are coming
In a few weeks, man will face off in an epic battle against machine — in a game of ping pong.
At the beginning of March, robot manufacturing company KUKA Robotics will open its first plant in Shanghai, China. To celebrate, KUKA has recruited ping pong pro Timo Boll to challenge the company’s fastest robot to a table tennis battle royale, which will ultimately determine whether humans or robots will win the race for world domination. Just kidding. It’ll probably just show that KUKA’s “Agilus” is a really freaking fast-moving and powerful robot.
Sports! Sports! Sports!
In a continued effort to be more like Twitter, Facebook is offering incentives to a bunch of random kind-of-celebs to participate in a “WatchWith” party during the Super Bowl. Basically, besides seeing all your friends’ annoying updates, you’ll also get to learn what, say, random actor Josh Duhamel, or a bunch of athletes (what are they?) think of the game.
The Internet, once the exclusive domain of neckbearded adult male virgins, is now being overrun by bros who watch football online and on their mobile devices more and more.
Hey Developers: Here’s some encouragement from those whose products you work extraordinarily hard to build out and bring into the modern era. Just some fun, words of encouragement to start your week off. Or as GroupMe worker bee Matt Langer noted: “Seriously? Fuck you, ESPN.”
Yes, here is how ESPN plans on attracting the best developing talent in the world to their company and their API:
The timeline of New York Knicks overnight superstar Jeremy Lin on social networks probably goes something like:
1. Twitter (“Who’s this Jeremy Lin guy?“)
2. Facebook (“Look at this Jeremy Lin guy.“)
3. Foursquare (“I’m watching this Jeremy Lin guy right now.“)
4. Tumblr (“Fuck Yeah This Jeremy Lin Guy Dot Tumblr Dot Com.“)
5. Reddit (“Here is everything about this Jeremy Lin guy that will be reported by news outlets in no less than two weeks.“)
6. Quora (“What is it like to play basketball with Jeremy Lin?“)
Well, not only has the question been asked, but it now has an answer, and it’s basically set Quora on fire.
Plenty of Occupy Wall Street-inspired sites have popped up since people started organizing as The 99% in New York and then cities around the country. Some have featured slightly lighter content and inspired more admiration (Pets of Awwcupy Wall Street, Occupy Sesame Street, etc) than others (Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street, for example, and the controversy that surrounded it).
Now, one of these sites—which, like the others, has taken on a fan-following of its own—is using the platform they created out of all of this for a good cause.
“Hey man, I’m just coming out of pat meeting,” said Jarett Sims, CEO of BobodidIt Worldwide, when Betabeat reached him this afternoon by phone. What’s a pat meeting, we asked? “Hat meeting, hats. My dad is the voice of the Seattle Mariners. Being the hustler that I am, just cinched him up a hat deal.” Read More