We have a stunning interview from 1976 with Arthur C. Clarke, inventor and science fiction writer who totally predicted the future we are living now. And Ladies and some gentlemen we have Matt Grant, the bachelor from ABC’s the bachelor, season 12. What does he have to do with tech. Well if you’ve caught his twitter and Facebook following, you’d know what thousands of women and some of us men are doing with our time.
We have the great Michael Semer and another edition of App or Yak.
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A FEW STORIES THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION THIS WEEK.
“Center City couple Diana and Jason Airoldi finally got their Comcast cable and internet hookup after six full weeks of broken appointments by the cable giant,” HOW? They wrote to Philadelphia news columnist Ronnie Polaneczky whom took pity on the couple and called to the ultimate authority at Comcast Corp. — Suzanne Roberts, the 92-year-old mother of the company’s CEO. In less than a day, Comcast trucks were at the Airoldi home, and the problem was solved.”
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE SOME ONE ELSES LIFE FOR 24 HOURS. YOU’VE ALL HEARD OF VIRUTAL REALITY.
“Seeing-I” is a social-artistic experiment that questions how much of the individual is an inherent personality and how large a portion of the individual is a cultural identity.
For 24 hours a day for 28 days, artist Mark Farid will wear a Virtual Reality Headset through which he will experience life through another person’s eyes and ears, this person is known as – the other. The other will wear a pair of glasses that covertly capture audio and video. This footage will then be watched back by Mark, who will be confined to a gallery space.
THE HOTEL OF THE FUTURE IS HERE.
This summer, a hotel will open in the Netherlands-themed Huis Ten Bosch amusement park in Nagasaki, Japan. It will have 72 rooms. Room fees will start at $60 per night. And it will be staffed by 10 humanoid robots.
The Henn-na Hotel’s blinking and “breathing” actroids will be able to make eye contact, respond to body language, and speak fluent Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English, The Washington Post reports. They will check in guests, carry bags, make coffee, clean rooms, and deliver laundry.
“How much do you tip a robot?”
The robot staff will be supplemented with a human staff…for now. At a news conference in Japan, Huis Ten Bosch president Hideo Sawada said, “In the future, we’d like to have more than 90 percent of hotel services operated by robots.”
The actroids aren’t the only futuristic thing about the Henn-na. Guests will be able to unlock their rooms through facial recognition software, and radiation panels capable of detecting body heat will monitor and adjust room temperatures.
This isn’t just some futuristic fever dream: the hotel is scheduled to open on July 17th.