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Rolls Royces Self-Driving Concept Car is a Wild and Crazy Vision of the Future

Supercar Blondie got to visit the Rolls Royce HQ to check out the Rolls Royce Vision 103EX concept car. The futuristic vehicle is Rolls Royce’s interpretation of what their self-driving car of the future might look like. The ‘Vision’ marks the 103rd experimental vehicle built by Rolls Royce. While these concept cars rarely make it to production as they are presented, they often provide inspiration for future models to come. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/rolls-royce-vision-103ex-concept-car-tour/

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This is What Happens When You Teach an AI to Play Hide and Seek

The team at OpenAI observed agents discovering progressively more complex tool use while playing a simple game of hide-and-seek. Through training in their new simulated hide-and-seek environment, agents build a series of six distinct strategies and counterstrategies, some of which we did not know our environment supported. The self-supervised emergent complexity in this simple environment further suggests that multi-agent co-adaptation may one day produce extremely complex and intelligent behavior. You can find a detailed analysis and breakdown of this experiment at OpenAI Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/teaching-an-ai-to-play-hide-and-seek/

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This Crazy Tech Can Turn Anybody in a Photo Into a Moving Animation

Photo Wake-Up is a research project by Chung-Yi Weng, Brian Curless, and Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman of the University of Washington. Per their paper’s abstract: We present a method and application for animating a human subject from a single photo. E.g., the character can walk out, run, sit, or jump in 3D. The key contributions of this paper are: 1) an application of viewing and animating humans in single photos in 3D, 2) a novel 2D warping method to deform a posable template body model to fit the person’s complex silhouette to…

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10 Robots Working Together To Pull a Giant Truck

Watch 10 Spot Robots from Boston Dynamics work together to haul a truck across a parking lot (~1 degree uphill, truck in neutral). These Spot robots are coming off the production line now and will be available for a range of applications soon. For more information visit www.BostonDynamics.com/Spot Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/robots-pulling-truck-together/

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SNL’s newest rap video features Lil’ Wayne and Future respecting that booty

You like booty? Great, but Saturday Night Live‘s “Permission” video is here to remind you that butts have boundaries. Future, Lil’ Wayne, Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd, and Pete Davidson in character as someone called “Uncle Butt” spit bars about respecting women’s space, donating to civil rights causes, and generally keeping the club a safe environment for all to enjoy.  Standout line: “Treat that booty right, ’cause we allies in this bitch.” Read more: https://mashable.com/video/snl-permission-music-video/

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Soooo Atlas the Robot is Doing Parkour Now

So Boston Dynamics’ “Atlas” robot does parkour now. The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace (step height 40 cm). Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately. Amazing. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/boston-dynamics-atlas-robot-doing-parkour/

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Nicki Minajs Week From Hell: Kylie Jenner Drama, Tour Shakeups and Harriet Tubman?

For many celebrities, getting called out for Harriet Tubman. Some of these maneuvers were probably just (successful) attempts to snatch headlines as Minaj debuted her new album, it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and earned the No. 1 iTunes spot in 86 countries. But Minaj wanted to be No. 1, and she wasnt above blaming a very wealthy baby for being dethroned. But before we get to Stormi Webster, a radio interview. The feud then moved continued, Btch you hit me & meek asking us to get…

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