"More the knowledge, lesser the ego", Einstein once said and after stepping into Marshmallow Laser Feast’s new immersive exhibition, We Live in an Ocean of Air, I’m inclined to agree. During a twenty-minute virtual reality installation, visitors get to wander around a virtual forest, learning about the way our breath connects the human and natural worlds. The experience is humbling – both because it requires you to explore a simulated world, fully aware that, in reality, you’re wandering around an empty room and because it reminds you of how truly complex and great our ecosystem really is. This is exactly what the company’s creative director, Barney Steele, wants visitors to feel. “The hope is that the work inspires a sense of wonder for the other beings we share the planet with. Simulating a shift in perception can shake the snow globe and loosen that feeling of human superiority.” Visitors enter the space six at a time and are strapped into a … [Read more...] about Loosening that feeling of human superiority
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On Tuesday morning, Forbes released its annual 30 under 30 list, honoring innovators and entrepreneurs in various industries across the United States and Canada. In the food and drink category, one local company stuck out: Spyce, the fast-casual restaurant founded by four MIT grads with a penchant for robots. Spyce opened in May, bringing hearty, affordable bowls to Downtown Crossing. It operates much like a Sweetgreen or a Chipotle, except instead of humans assembling your vegetables and proteins, robots do all of the work behind the counter. The tech-centric restaurant was founded by Michael Farid, Brady Knight, Kale Rogers, and Luke Schlueter, who then partnered with Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud to create a nutritious concept with a reasonable price point: bowls that start at $7.50. Customers place their orders using a touch-screen menu at a kiosk, then wait in line while their bowls are assembled in autonomous cooking pots that are capable of heating, mixing, and … [Read more...] about Local food tech company Spyce was just named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30
Travelers happier than ever with rental cars Published 12:56 pm CST, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Hertz notched a 26-point gain in customer satisfaction this year. Hertz notched a 26-point gain in customer satisfaction this year. Photo: Jim Glab Enterprise topped the rankings in J.D. Power's 2018 car rental customer satisfaction survey. Enterprise topped the rankings in J.D. Power's 2018 car rental customer satisfaction survey. Photo: J. D. Power Enterprise, National and Alamo are all owned by Enterprise Holdings, the largest of the big three rental car companies Enterprise, National and Alamo are all owned by Enterprise Holdings, the largest of the big three rental car companies Photo: JERRY LARA, San Antonio Express-News National's Emerald Aisle- new cars and plenty of selection … [Read more...] about The “Uber Effect?” Car rental companies upping game to compete
Drew Costley Published 1:36 pm PDT, Saturday, October 6, 2018 Albert the mural painting robot paints a test print of a digital image designed after brainwave data on human communication. Albert the mural painting robot paints a test print of a digital image designed after brainwave data on human communication. Photo: Drew Costley/SFGATE Mihkel Joala, the inventor of the mural painting robot Albert, stands in front of a mural in San Francisco. Mihkel Joala, the inventor of the mural painting robot Albert, stands in front of a mural in San Francisco. Photo: Drew Costley/SFGATE Mihkel Joala fixes Albert, a robot that paints murals, during a test print. Mihkel Joala fixes Albert, a robot that paints murals, during a test print. Photo: Drew Costley/SFGATE Two members of the … [Read more...] about Bay Area company invents robot that paints giant murals on the sides of buildings
HOUSTON (AP) — A Canadian company’s plan to open a so-called robot brothel in Houston has been short circuited by city leaders. Houston’s City Council on Wednesday updated one local ordinance to specifically ban individuals from having sex with an “anthropomorphic device,” a device that resembles a human being, at a sexually-oriented business. But the change wouldn’t ban the company from selling the dolls for use elsewhere. The company, KinkySdollS, had previously said it wants to open a “love dolls brothel” in Houston in which people would be able to use its human-like dolls at a business that has drawn comparisons to the robotic hosts on the science fiction series “Westworld.” It would have been the company’s second location. The first location opened in 2017 in Toronto. On its web site, the company says it provides an “adult love dolls rent before you buy service.” On its web site, KinkySdollS says its … [Read more...] about A Canadian company wanted to open a ‘love dolls brothel’ in Houston. The city wasn’t having it.