the robots are coming

Man Vs. Machine: Ping Pong Pro To Face Off Against Super Powerful Robot

WHO WILL WIN? (YouTube)

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. Read More

JOCKSTRAPPED

ESPN to Developers: ‘You Are Still Scrawny Twerps Who Us Jocks Will Still Stuff Into Lockers’

ESPN to Developers You Are Still Scrawny Little Shits

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: Read More

LINSANITY

What It’s Like To Play On The Same Team as Jeremy Lin (Or: Linsanity Has Finally Reached Quora)

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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.“)

And then:

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. Read More

BETABEAT CARES

Jock-Themed #OccupyWallStreet Parody Tumblr Takes on a Good Cause (That Isn’t Occupy Wall Street)

Yes, Occupy Herbstreit really is that good. And apparently, good guys, too.

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. Read More