To be honest, I’m a bit of a cynic when it comes to Elon Musk’s “big ideas.” Sure it’s cool that he’s made some insanely fast electric cars at Tesla, but the cars have suffered from lots of reliability and build quality issues.
While we await our own downfall in the inevitable robopocalypse, at least we can pit robots against each other and make them fight. More wine! If you like to watch robot battles, YouTuber Robert McGregor put together a great compilation video of Japanese sumo robot fights.
If you’re like me, you can never have enough internet speed. With more and more content being streamed digitally, and video resolutions like 4K, faster is always better. Now, it looks like Comcast is working on bringing gigabit speeds to customers.
You might know Piano Tiles 2. It is a touch-based mobile game that’s very difficult; at least for humans. So DenverFinn built a robot that slips over an iPad and acts like human hands, super fast human hands.
Crazy man Mischo Erban recently grabbed a new Guinness World Record. He is now the fastest man ever recorded an electric skateboard.The record setting pace that Erban reached is 59.55 mph.
The record setting run happened at Portoroz airport in Piran, Slovenia on flat ground.
Back in 2013, we talked about a tiny robot from UC Berkeley that a team had developed that was able to run around at 2.7 meters-per-second. That was pretty fast, but roughly two years later the team has completely revised the little robot, called the X2-VelociRoACH and it’s nearly twice as fast as its predecessor.
I don’t care how good you are at playing Super Mario Bros., you have to be impressed by someone beating the game in under five minutes during a speedrun. This is a new record, and the gamer who did it goes by the name Blubbler.
Even with their speed limiters disabled, stock golf carts are pretty slow, much like the game of golf itself. How fast can one go? Maybe 25mph if it’s all tricked out. On the other hand, this custom made golf cart powered by a 200hp Hayabusa engine can go as fast as 100mph.
Remember that Tom Selleck sci-fi flick called Runaway? Despite being terribly cheesy, those insect-like robots in that movie always gave me the creeps. Never mind that it was none other than KISS’ Gene Simmons who was the mastermind behind the robobugs.
The problem with exploring our solar system today is that we lack the technology to make voyages between planets quick enough. It’s nearly impossible to visit other planets because of slow propulsion systems that expose astronauts to cosmic radiation and require huge amounts of fuel.
A group of British researchers at a company called Reaction Engines has announced new aircraft technology that could make air travel much faster. The researchers have created what they describe as “the biggest breakthrough in propulsion since the jet engine.”
It’s awesome what robots can do these days. They’ve certainly come a long way from the first robots that people put together many, many decades ago.
Case in point? The U.S. Navy’s robot that can dance to PSY’s Gangnam Style and that sporty robot that can play ping pong.
Over the last few years, we haven’t seen the kind of gains in computing speed that one might expect if you’re strictly following Moore’s Law. We’re beginning to run into limits on the frequency of any single CPU or GPU, and one of the modern ways to get past this limitation is through the use of parallel computing architectures.