As it turns out, Sergey Brin doesn’t have his sights set entirely on crash-resistant self-driving cars or dorky-looking face computers. The Google cofounder is expanding his futuristic interests and dipping a toe into the Ray Kurzweil pool by fully funding the creation of a lab-grown burger manufactured by scientists using cow stem cells. Read More
The Future Will See You Now
L.A.-based Provision 3D Media would like to create a life-sized hologram that could float around your living room without any sort of technological smoke and mirrors. And so of course, the company has launched a Kickstarter campaign (via Mashable) in order to raise the $950,000 needed to develop a working prototype, basically. (They’re currently at $11,418 with 18 days to go.)
The company promises they can actually pull this big promise off: “We’ve successfully developed, produced, and are continuing to ship Holographic displays ranging from 3 inches all the way up to 52 inches in size,” and now they just want the scratch to scale it up.
The pitch on the product page, however, is very specific: Read More
Offbeat academics everywhere are going to have to step up their game if they want to continue impressing the freshmen. The Independent reports that three Oxford University professors are actively making plans to be cryogenically frozen in the event of their deaths.
And you thought your undergraduate professors said some trippy shit. Read More
Finally eliminating the need for cumbersome waiters, British restaurant chain Yo! Sushi is testing out a drone to deliver its sodium-soaked food to patrons. Creatively dubbed the iTray, the “flying waiter” zips around the restaurant at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour to ensure an unsafe and nerve-wrecking dining experience. Read More
Your dream might finally come true: Microsoft is possibly developing an achievement program through its Kinect device to reward viewers who sit through hours of watching television. The Verge has dug up a patent application filed in 2011 by the company looking to, dare we say, disrupt your couch potato time.
Microsoft suggests that the traditional television viewing model should be upended to create more engagement by adding rewards and prizes. By increasing engagement, its plan could be fruitful for advertisers looking to grab eyeballs in the increasingly difficult arena. Read More
Say cheese! According to a new study by Quinnipiac University, an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers–82 percent–support an increase in surveillance cameras in public places. The majority is spread across all racial and sexual demographics, and even transcends the furthest boundaries, with both Democrats and Republicans strongly supporting it. Read More