This one's named after one of the articles in this piece and is all about cool things on the web, cloud-learning robots, and some dark realities of the future. Dig in!
procedural games [github.com/adonaac]
Procedural Dungeon Generation
This is a somewhat technical post but it has tons of really cool images (and gifs!) showing how one procedurally generates a dungeon for a game. If you like games, algorithms, or just procedurally generated stuff in general, this is a fun read.
almost makes me wish I actually lost my finger that one time [gizmag.com]
Open Bionics adds superhero appeal to prostheses for kids
These are awesome! I can only imagine that you go from being the weird amputee kid in class to being the most awesome kid in class ever. Poor parents who have to convince their children that they want to keep their limbs.
what about my books? [theatlantic.com]
When Amazon Dies
I've bought dozens of books on Kindle, and I wonder about this a lot. So much of my content is contingent on Amazon existing and working. I could always rip the books, but as content types evolve, it won't always be reasonable to store a digital experience on our own computers (virtual reality and property in particular). What happens when those systems go down? I guess you just… hope that they don't.
wounding wifi [kernelmag.dailydot.com]
Living life cursed by technology
My mother has always complained that she can feel electricity. This guy feels wifi, and it makes him sick. I'm just hoping that I'm evolving to a point where I'm literally powered by electricity.
cloud robotics [fusion.net]
Robots were able to make pancakes and pizza after reading Wikihow articles
The really mind-blowing thing about this (besides, you know, robots learning from the internet) is that they're taking the robot "formulas" that they figure out and uploading them online so that multiple robots can use them. Ah, duh! Of course! Also, a little frightening.
bleak ads [idlewords.com]
What Happens Next Will Amaze You
A brooding look at the current state of the arms race between ads, ad blockers, and the consumers stuck in the middle. Great read if you care about the publishing economy and the way content is presented on the internet - and may be presented in the future.
retro future problems [slate.com]
The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be
Interesting thinkpiece on the representation of the future in media - and how quickly they fall behind with the cutting edge view of what's to come.