A Jenga-playing robot may be a prototype for future bots.
“Jenga is a pastime that many humans can still enjoy even after more than a few drinks, making it a popular bar game. But for robots, the game remains a challenge that tests how they both see and feel the physical world, a combination of skills that that, once mastered, will have major implications far beyond winning a free bar tab.”
Zachary Levi almost played Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy.
“It’s always interesting to play “what if?” with regards to superhero casting. If John Krasinski hadn’t lost out on the role of Captain America to Chris Evans, would he have ever delved into directing with A Quiet Place? Would the MCU have been as successful with Tom Cruise front and center as Tony Stark instead of Robert Downey Jr.? And would Tom Hiddleston’s casting as Thor instead of Loki deprived us of Chris Hemsworth’s dreamy biceps forever? (Nightmare scenario.)”
Here are the 15 Best Game of Thrones podcasts.
“It’s hard to believe that Game of Thrones is really ending. For the last eight years, HBO’s fantasy drama has domineered television, sparking a wave of internet devotion, fan theories, and global obsession. After surpassing the incomplete George R.R. Martin book series upon which it’s based, the show entered brand-new territory, where even seasoned readers have no idea what’s next. Sad as it may be that it’s all wrapping up, it’s never been a better or more exciting time to be a fan of this densely populated fictional world.”
Here are nine facts about The Puppy Bowl.
“The Super Bowl can keep its 100 million-plus viewers and $5 million ad buys. Because the Puppy Bowl has got something much better: puppies! More than 90 of them—and all of them adoptable. There are kittens, too (they provide the halftime entertainment) plus Shirley the rescue sloth, who serves as the sideline assistant to Dan Schachner, who’ll be donning the black and white stripes for his eighth go as the big game’s “Rufferee.” With the help of Schachner, we’ve uncovered 15 things you might not have known about Puppy Bowl.”
Cloud movie locker Ultraviolet is shutting down after eight years.
“Ultraviolet, the movie locker in the cloud, is shutting down. The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), which has kept Ultraviolet running since it launched in 2011, announced that the service will close on July 31. Ultraviolet currently has over 30 million users who store over 300 million movies and TV shows on the service.”
The Parker Solar Probe is set to head towards the sun.
“It’s been a while since we last heard from the Parker Solar Probe, the NASA spacecraft voted most likely to end up as a blistered chunk of molten metal. An update from the space agency suggests it’s now all systems go for the Sun-bound probe, which recently began its second of 24 planned stellar orbits.”