Oh Good, Boston Dynamics Has Robots Doing Parkour Now

In this incredible demonstration by Boston Dynamics’ robot, Atlas, we see the machine executing a series of gymnastic/parkour maneuvers. Boston Dynamics adds: Atlas uses its whole body — legs, arms, torso — to perform a sequence of dynamic maneuvers that form a gymnastic routine. We created the maneuvers using new techniques that streamline the development process. First, an optimization algorithm transforms high-level descriptions of each maneuver into dynamically-feasible reference motions.   Then Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one maneuver to the next. Using this approach, we developed the routine significantly faster than previous Atlas routines, with a performance success rate of about 80%. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: …

France touted a ‘compromise’ with the US on tech tax, but it’s far from settled

(CNN)Hold on to your bottles of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Pinot Noir. The trade dispute between the two countries kicked off last month as France moved forward with a new 3% tax on the revenue that large tech companies generate from their digital businesses, such as by collecting vast amounts of user data and selling targeted advertising. In response, the US launched a trade investigation and Trump threatened to tax French wine. France has argued that large multinational players don’t pay enough taxes in the country even though these companies have significant operations there. Meanwhile, Trump and businesses like Google (GOOGL) and Amazon (AMZN) have said the tax unfairly targets American companies. But, standing alongside Trump at Monday’s press conference, Macron …

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourkes teenage hacker life

The kids who hacked Apple are getting off light with some probation and hopefully a lesson well learned. Image: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images One sharp Australian teen caught a break this week after being caught hacking tech giant Apple.  The 17-year-old Adelaide student was one of two teens who were charged with hacking Apple twice, once in 2015 and once in 2017, and downloading a digital ton of internal documents.  After putting the teen on nine months of probation instead of jail time, Magistrate David White said, according to ABC News Australia: “He is clearly someone who is a gifted individual when it comes to information technology, that being said, those who have this advantage of being gifted doesn’t …

Is the 2018 MacBook Pro Apple’s best laptop yet? We break it down for you

Apple says the improved keyboards in the new 2019 MacBook Pros shouldn't have the key-repeating issue many users have experienced. Image: dustin drankoski / mashable Apple just refreshed its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pros with powerful new Intel processors. That’s cool — faster performance is always appreciated especially if you do things like video editing — but the most important change is to the controversial “butterfly” keyboards. Apple says it’s improved the keyboards so that a single-press doesn’t produce double keystrokes. SEE ALSO: Apple 15″ MacBook Pro (2018) review: Serious power for a select few Though Apple maintains that most MacBook Pro owners haven’t experienced any keyboard issues, it nevertheless made changes. Apple was likely prompted …

Elon Musk’s Boring Company unveils its first tunnel

At CES 2021, we might be moving around in underground Teslas. Image: The Boring Company Elon Musk’s Boring Company has been selected to build an underground “people mover” tunnel for the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).  The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors recommended that the contract be awarded to the Boring Company back in March, and it voted to approve it on Wednesday.  The total value of the contract is $48,675,000.  SEE ALSO: Elon Musk gives us first look at the Boring Company’s car elevator The tunnel, called the LVCC Loop, will allow people to quickly move between the LVCC’s New Exhibit Hall, North Hall, Central Hall and South Hall. The Boring Company claims the …