Jaguar Shows Off New Experimental Auto Tech – Turns Range Rover into Smartphone-Driven RC Car

Posted by Tony on July 7th, 2015

A long time ago on the WeirdThings podcast, because we’re always ahead of the curve when it comes to hypotheticals about how new tech might be used in ridiculous scenarios, we pondered how someone might use smart-car tech to commit manslaughter by hacking a vehicle and driving it into a squishy human being.

Jaguar is pushing that possibility into becoming a very real scenario.

Currently the vehicle has severe limitations on speed (it tops out at 4mph) and the distance that the phone is from the vehicle (the car stops when the phone is too far or too close).

It’s still early in development and still early to really understand how an average user might need this kind of control over their car with autonomous vehicles rolling into the public traffic and becoming part of our every day lives.

Sure….it all sounds safe…

But like the curious primates we are…

It’s only a matter of time before curiosity…and an unmanned Range Rover with a driver on smartphone miles away…kills the cat that’s crossing the road.

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Our Childhood Dreams Are About to Come True: Two Huge Robots About to Throw Down!

Posted by Tony on July 7th, 2015

Since the very idea of giant robots the thought of giant robots beating the paneling off of one another has also existed.

Japanese movies, Rock’em Sock’em Robots, Voltron, Robot Jox, Shogun Warriors, Pacific Rim, Real Steel and a massive list of things with fighting robots have whet our appetites for something we all secretly want to be a real thing…

Wish no more!

It’s happening.

Recently the creators of the MK. II came out of nowhere with a video taunt aimed at Japan’s million dollar Kuratas. The creators of Kuratas responded with a snarkingly condescending video asking MK. II to put down its ridiculous cannon-ball launching and missile-firing weaponary and fight like a big metal man.

The guantlet has been thrown.

Now all we’re waiting for is a time and place.

A time and place where two giant metal warriors are going to bring our secret dreams into reality…

One crushingly loud, satisfying blow at a time.

[MAKE]


Podcast: That’s the Shark’s House

Posted by Bryce on July 5th, 2015
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Why all the shark attacks? Is there a species we could eradicate without destroying the ecosystem? Should we stop a new ice age? Let’s talk about Godlessness, baby.
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Andrew: The Mummy

Brian: An Honest Liar

Justin: Name of the Devil


After Things: Screens, Right?

Posted by Bryce on July 1st, 2015
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The disconnect between the oft-forgotten screenwriter and their work.
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Podcast: Floundering Meat Machine

Posted by Bryce on June 29th, 2015
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The happiest episode of Weird Things ever! SpaceX’s latest launch. Summertime fun at the beach. Google’s new chatbot.
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Andrew: Tremors

Brian: The Jinx

Justin: Jurassic World


After Things: Thinking Outside The No

Posted by Bryce on June 24th, 2015
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After Things is the official after show of Weird Things Podcast.
Magician and producer Chris Kenner shares his experience making his own path and refusing to be told no. On receiving advice and handling repeated “bad” advice.
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Podcast: Jurassic State of Mind

Posted by Bryce on June 21st, 2015
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Chris Kenner joins the show this week. There’s a dinosaur in the movie theaters. Is it time? Plus, ghostly images over in England.
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Andrew: Jurassic Park 1-3 and Jurassic World

Justin: Inside Out


After Things: Obligation Motivation

Posted by Bryce on June 17th, 2015
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After Things is the official after show of Weird Things Podcast.
How can you coax yourself to work and what are the ramifications? Can obligations get you into gear?
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Andrew: Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Justin: Couch to 5K


Podcast: Stupposedly

Posted by Bryce on June 14th, 2015
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Red alert: Real-world Jurassic Park! 6 feet of terror and 7 months of sleep. Cooking up an experiment for future podcasts.
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Andrew: Tracks

Brian: Seveneves

Justin: I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)


After Things: Monkey Cam

Posted by Bryce on June 10th, 2015
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After Things is the official after show of Weird Things Podcast.
The boys go deep into some of their picks this week and more. Other picks: Seveneves and Hope: Entertainer of the Century.
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Podcast: Cloud People

Posted by Bryce on June 7th, 2015
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Tragedy in the sea leads to an open bounty to all listeners. Ready for the human-robot hybrid future? The hidden cost of love.
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Andrew: The Great Escape

Brian: Sense8

Justin: FSL Tonight


After Things: On My List

Posted by Bryce on June 3rd, 2015
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After Things is the official after show of Weird Things Podcast.
What are winning strategies for drumming up online acquisitions and keeping communication open? Also: Banksy Does New York
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Podcast: Charlie Bit My Ticonderoga

Posted by Bryce on May 31st, 2015
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The Boys give the Charlie Charlie Challenge a try and dissect the story. Brian shares his concept of rebuilding God in terms of science-future. What’s the value in a Meyers-Briggs personality test?

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Andrew: 30 For 30

Brian: Mr. Robot and The Last Question and Kung Fury and 3 Scientists Walk Into A Bar

Justin: Tales of the Grim Sleeper


After Things: Battle Drones

Posted by Bryce on May 27th, 2015
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What does the evolution of AI mean for the human race and how should we approach it? How will AI and robotics affect our role as creators?
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Podcast: To Serve Man

Posted by Bryce on May 24th, 2015
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The hoverboard world record has been smashed! Where do hoverboards go from here? What is the future of transportation tech? Watson’s cooking up trouble! We pick a name for our paranormalmilitary force!
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Andrew: Fire in the Sky: A Jessica Blackwood Short Story

Brian: Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

Justin: Apple Watch


After Things: French Fry Blinders

Posted by Bryce on May 20th, 2015
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After Things is the official after show of Weird Things Podcast.
Tracing the lineage of Rick and Morty as an example of evolving creative ideas. Andrew’s experience writing outside of the home to remove distractions. How to hit your own triggers to get work done.
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