June 03, 2016

Elon Musk Says We're Probably a Nintendo Game: 5 Reasons We Might Be Mario

"Forty years ago, we had pong," recounts noted Martian, Elon Musk. "Now we have photorealistic 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously—and it's getting better every year."

"If you assume any rate of improvement at all, the games will become indistinguishable from reality.” Musk then makes the jump that because we'll soon have billions of computers running these indistinguishable from reality simulations, “there’s a one in billions chance that [our reality] is base reality.”

Whether or not there's a flaw in that particular argument, it's fun to think about the idea that this is really just one big Nintendo game. Here are five reasons we might be Marios:

1. Déjà Vu

Any good gamer knows that you should save your progress from time to time, so if things don't go as planned, you can try again with a different approach. Consider this: the reason you feel déjà vu or déjà vécu is because The Gamer has reverted to a save point and is replaying our existence, but sometimes the sim glitches and we keep some remnants of the last time in our memory.

"Oops, North Korea conquered the world. Better go back 10 years and give Kim a goofy haircut so nobody will take him seriously. Let's see if that changes the outcome. Oops, now he nuked the world. Better go back to the save point again and introduce a singing sim named Katie Perry."

June 02, 2016

MIT Creates Big Hero 6 Mircobots, Dooms Mankind

"This... is a Microbot," explains Hiro Hamada. "It doesn't look like much, but when it links up with the rest of its pals, things get a little more interesting."

The applications of this tech are limitless: construction, transportation, upside down high fives with your big brother. "The only limit is your imagination!"

Yeah, construction and transportation are great, but he forgot to mention a couple other likely applications: "robotic uprising" and "world domination." But "it's just a Disney movie," you say. "The technology doesn't exist IRL, right?"


June 01, 2016

Design of the Week: So Long Old World

This week's design was created by Tang Yau Hoong, Illustrator and Graphic Designer based out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Like much of his artwork, "So Long Old World" is a beautifully fun juxtaposition  artful simplicity conveying conceptual complexity.

May 29, 2016

Colonel Sanders Creates A.I. Fried Chicken, Dooms Mankind

Colonel Sanders is back from the dead as a cute little artificial intelligence named Du Mi! Check out the new KFC Original+ that just opened in China:

Fast food workers, beware. Du Mi will do your job faster, more accurately, without rest, and without pay. You've got three years (tops!) before you are out of a job and completely obsolete.

May 27, 2016

7 Near-Future Applications of Franky Zapata's Flyboard Air

Oh snap, y'all! The future is here. Marty McFly style. (For real, this time.)

The only problem is that the two best names for this product were already taken by inferior wannabes.

It should obviously be called a Hoverboard, but that name got jacked by Sideways Rolling Skateboard Plank.

Next best name would probably have been Flyboard, but the team of French hacks at Zapata Racing decided to give that name to their Water Hose Dolphin Foot Jet Ski.

Sorry guys, gotta pay the bills. Here's an ad for Tesla.
Okay, back to the post:
So, the only choice left was to name it Flyboard Air™℠®. This remarkable piece of wonderfulness was created by the team of French geniuses at Zapata Racing. As per their website: