“Yeah, laugh it up, but this is how Skynet learns we are weak.”
— @poniewozik reacts to President Barack Obama’s encounter Thursday with a 55-inch-tall humanoid robot named ASIMO during a tour of Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Obama bowed to the robot when first meeting it, above, blocked a pass when ASIMO kicked him a soccer ball and watched the robot hop. “I have to say the robots were a little scary,” Obama said afterward. “They were too life-like.”
“If you want more Instagram likes, don’t take photos of spatulas, golf carts, or space heaters.”
— Adrianne Jeffries at theverge.com summarizes findings of an algorithm written by MIT Ph.D. candidate Aditya Khosla that crunched more than 2.3 million Flickr photos to determine what makes a photo popular online. A rudimentary form of the tool is available for anyone to use at popularity.csail.mit.edu. Things that prove popular: pictures of miniskirts, bright colors and/or people.
“Sounds like this will be more comedy-based than horror-based … either way it’s probably going to be completely bonkers.”
— Meredith Woerner at i09.com reports updates on the “Goosebumps” movie, slated for a March 2016 release: Jack Black will play original “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine, above, Stine himself will have a role in the movie and the film will include all of the monsters of the classic book series.
“It’s a dumb novelty that is meant to trick customers into believing that their old, swivel-free razors are outmoded, and that they should pony up for the new model. And what’s worse is that it will probably work.
— Kevin Roose at nymag.com finds Gillette’s forthcoming ProGlide FlexBall razor — which will shave hairs 23 microns shorter, according to marketing materials obtained by The Wall Street Journal — an example of the modern dearth of American ingenuity. It’s especially bad when you consider Gillette’s parent company, Procter & Gamble, has revolutionary innovations such as laundry detergent under its belt.
“The town I live in, Oella, Md., was reliant on outhouses until 1984. And it’s smack in the middle of the Acela corridor, between Baltimore and Washington.”
— Christopher Ingraham at washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog doesn’t have a hard time believing that nearly 630,000 U.S. households lack complete plumbing facilities, according to a stat from the American Community Survey, which means they are without one or more of the following: a toilet, a tub or shower, or running water.