Animatronics... What's Next?

Acclaimed artist Jordan Wolfson's imagination brought this animatronic figure to life with a little help from his friends at Spectral Motion. The piece is currently being exhibited at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. The figure incorporates facial recognition technology, allowing her to focus on, and unnervingly follow, visitors at the exhibition.

Facebook is buying Oculus for $2Billion

by J. Odel via Venturebeat.com


“Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow,” said Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, in a brief explanation of why his company is buying Oculus.

Oculus makes Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headseat (pictured above) for immersive, 3D gaming.

The deal includes $400 million in cash, 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock, and a potential $300 million earn-out for good behavior. The transaction should be complete by June 2014 at the latest.

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Musk, Zuckerberg, Kutcher invest in AI firm Vicarious

by Don Reisinger via cnet.com 

Mark Zuckerberg Elon Musk and Ashton Kutcher Partner To Create Artificial Brain Invest 40 Million

Three prominent figures in the technology world have invested serious cash into a company that's trying to make a major move in artificial intelligence.

Tesla chief Elon Musk, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and actor and venture capitalist Ashton Kutcher have invested $40 million into Vicarious, a company that's studying the human brain's neocortex and attempting to translate its function to computer code, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

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Tesla on the Universe

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"Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance." - Nikola Tesla

Google Reveals Android Wear

by David Fischer via highsnobiety.com

Google is officially getting into wearables, as many have expected for months already. The company has announced Android Wear today, a version of the operating system designed specifically for wearable devices. Also as expected, the operating system will first be living on watches, as seen in the above video that released today.

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Elon Musk Takes It To New Jersy Governor Chris Christie

by Danielle Wiener-Bronner via thewire.com

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Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk has some choice words for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over new regulations, passed earlier this week, that prevents Tesla from selling its cars directly to consumers in the state. Spoiler alert: he doesn't like it. 

In a statement posted to Tesla's website earlier today, addressed "to the people of New Jersey," Musk all but accused Christie of corruption, saying he cutting a shady "backroom deal" with the powerful auto lobby.

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