Weekly Recap: Sunspring, Picasso Odyssey, George Hotz, FarmBot, etc.
“dadada”: This was Mark Zuckerberg’s password for several different services, including Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Some genius tried reusing Zuckerberg’s password as discovered in the Great 2012 LinkedIn Hack. Tada: the Facebook boss’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked last Sunday. It bears repeating: to avoid looking like a Zuckerberg sucker, do not use such simple passwords as “dadada”. And especially don’t use the same password for all your accounts.
⇨ Ars Technica, “Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter, Pinterest accounts compromised.”
Sunspring is a sci-fi short whose storyline was written by Benjamin, a neural network (Long Short Term Memory, LSTM). It stars Thomas Middleditch, aka Richard Hendricks, CEO of Pied Piper. Pretty surreal…
⇨ Ars Technica, “Movie written by algorithm turns out to be hilarious and intense.”
2001: A Picasso Odyssey
And while we’re on the subject of artificially-produced artistic creations, Bhautik Joshi mashed Picasso’s cubist style and the better-known scenes of the film 2001, A Space Odyssey, by Stanley Kubrick.
The Verge magazine interviewed George Hotz, the developer of a solution to convert any car to a driverless vehicle for under $1000.
⇨ The Verge, “On the road with George Hotz’s $1,000 self-driving car kit.”
Tending a garden is tiring, dirty work, and it requires constant attention. Enter FarmBot, a gardening robot that plants, waters, and yes, weeds.
⇨ Arduino Blog, “FarmBot is an open-source CNC farming machine.”
Other Links of Interest:
- Nest’s time at Alphabet: A “virtually unlimited budget” with no results.
- The University of Calgary pays $20,000 to ransomware hackers.
- Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image.
- Vyo, a cute robotic arm.
- Samsung’s bendable, unfurlable phones and displays due in 2017. Lenovo’s new concept smartphone uses a flexible screen and segmented body.
- Phab2 Pro hands on: Lenovo’s first Project Tango Smartphone.
- Experimental Moto Mods offer a glimpse at the future of modular smartphones.
- The Lumigon T3 is the first smartphone with a night-vision camera.
- iMessage for Android.
- And Android on iPhone…
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