Khail's last episode includes a Ubisoft theme park (Tomorrow Daily 243)We discuss a robot designed to hunt invasive starfish, Ubisoft's Malaysian theme park plans, an AI program designed for custom storytelling and Khail bids the show a fond farewell.
On today's show an artificial intelligence project that is sort of like a choose your adventure book. A really amazing robot that is going to seek and destroy ocean life, we'll explain why. And Ubisoft is making a brand new amusement park, but I'm sad. But I'm sad cuz it's- We're all sad. Cuz it's my last day. Tomorrow Daily. [MUSIC] Greetings, citizens of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe, but also the saddest today. The saddest geek talk show in the known universe. I'm Ashley Esqueda that's Khail Anonymous on his last day here with us. This is my last day co-hosting Tomorrow Daily with Ashley Esqueda. It's worth noting- Last day on Earth. [LAUGH] It's worth noting that this is also the last day here, on this set- In this building that's right, yeah. It's, in case you have not been watching for the last week Cal is headed over to Yahoo, gonna to be doing some really exciting stuff over there. Some really great content. Lots of stuff. Around entertainment-based stuff, movies, TV, great things You don't wanna miss that. Yeah. And then we, producer Logan and I, are headed over to our new location in Burbank, which is pretty cool. So nice. We get our new studio and, but while that's still being built, we're gonna do miniature episodes of Tomorrow Daily for the next couple weeks so that you guys have something in your feed. You can see some new Future Tech headlines, things like that. We'll kind of give you a little run down. Very small version of the show. We'll definitely be introducing our new co-host of the show within those two weeks. I don't know when exactly, but we'll figure that out. And then yeah, that's what's happening on that front. But you know, for old time's sake you ready to talk about some headlines? Let's do it. All right. [MUSIC] So this first story comes from the Queensland University of Technology and I don't know if you knew this but the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is dying. Thanks humans. And [COUGH] most people, so Funny, most people attribute that to pollution and climate change. Right? Yes, that's just us being stupid. Actually as it turns out, another big element of it is a starfish, called the crown of thorns starfish, that is eating all the coral. It is a predator starfish, that is literally like destroying large parts of the reef. And this is crazy, I've never heard of this Before I saw this story, and it eats fast growing coral's and what's happening is there are population explosions because, I think it's natural predators, the conch snail, and people are harvest them for shells. They can sell them like there... So it is our fault, just way, way, way back. It's still our fault, in a different way, but the population of these starfish explodes every like, there's a cycle of years. And then the reef gets decimated. So Queensland University of Technology decided to make the COTSbot, this is a crown of thorns starfish bot. And this is pretty amazing, it's a robot designed to patrol the reef autonomously, seek out crown of thorns starfish, and kill them. With a laser. With a lethal injection. Oh, Oh, that's wrong. [LAUGH] Of bio-salts. And apparently its not a great death for for this starfish. Not a painless experience, it breaks out into boils and then becomes contagious to other crown-of-thorn starfish. Well that'll teach them. That's right, so they've been developing this robot for ten years. And it's sort of like a starfish terminator. Like a starfish terminator that's looking for John Conner. John crown of thorns, starfish. I was going to say more about that yeah. John crown of thorns. And apparently the first sea trials are under way. They started last week or a couple weeks ago and they're hoping that, because they already have divers Down there like pulling them out. And but the problem is is, a sting from one of these star fish is like a cigarette burn, and it lives in your skin, in your system for like weeks. It can live for a long time like the venom can live for a while in your system. Oh these guys suck. Yeah. So it's hard for divers to go get them. And then also The Great Barrier Reef is huge. And the ocean is a very large place, obviously. 70% of the earth. And so being able to patrol these things with autonomous robots is a really good idea and the robot actually at first, as you saw in the video, will take an image of something it thinks is a Crowns-of-thorns Starfish and send it back to say hey human, can I kill this thing. Is this the right thing I'm looking for? And it can say yes. But then once they have a really high success rate they think they'll be able to just let them patrol autonomously in the water. But right now, they say they have an accuracy rate of over 99 percent and they think that it'll be able to start autonomously patrolling the seas and killing off these starfish in December. Oh man, that's so crazy that we have to balance out Yeah. The you know, ecosystem with robots. With robots. And you can't like, somebody had suggested I think in a comments section, they were like, well why can't you just cut up the starfish or? A lot of times when they harvest these things, they have to actually bury them on land because they're really hard to kill. And if you, if even a little piece of them like takes off for the ocean, it'll regenerate into a starfish so it's very easy for them to sort of populate. So everyone's like that doesn't really work. But I was reading up on this, and apparently divers will go down, take a bunch of these in different places on the Earth. Not just at the Barrier Reef. There a really bad just decimated ecosystem of coral, they'll pull them out of the water like 75 to 100 at a time. And they'll have to bury them to kill them off. Pretty amazing. God, what a terrible starfish. Thanks jerk. Starfish are supposed to be awesome, and like adorable and whatever. Yeah I know. I don't know. That's some Game of Thrones stuff right there. Wow it's poisonous and it's eating our coral. Yeah, so you're on notice. Alright. You're on notice. Well lets cheer up a little bit. Yeah lets all cheer up. Well I'm happy those starfish are going away because I like coral and reefs, so yay. So Everyone, everyone probably everyone has played a Ubisoft game. Ubisoft is a video game studio they do Assassin's Creed, they do Raving Rabbids, they do Rayman And just an incredible that not only has recently decided to make a movie studio and make movies but they have decided now they're going to make an amusement park. A full on amusement park, 10,000 square acres in Kuala Lumpur. They are serious about this. It's not just like an idea. They plan on opening it in 2020. They already have like a date and everything. They're gonna have rides, and shows, and attractions all around the characters from things like, well we don't know. Yeah. It could be Assassin's Creed like running obstacle course or you know, dive in a hay barrel. Maybe you have to avoid being murdered. In the park. Yeah. Let's say you've got Assassins Creed, EB and her brother running around the park, just like hunting people down. [LAUGH] Be careful. Might be a horror movie, we don't know. We don't know. We have already seen a preview of a ride that they would possibly make, the raving rapids ride in a French amusement park, that's really really cool. You sit down on a Sit down on a toilet, and it's like this 3D ride experience. It's like, you go through, it looks really cool. I watched the video of it on YouTube, you can go check that out. That sounds really fun. But in the meantime, we're gonna have to wait for the one to happen in Malaysia, which is the second most visited place in Asia, fun fact. Oh okay, I was wondering why Malaysia, that seems like a Strange, like just throw a dart on a map. But if it's the second most visited place tourism wise in Asia, that makes sense. Yeah, so it should be interesting to see. What's the ride that you need? What's the thing, what's the experience, attraction, whatever that you need to see to go there? Did Ubisoft make Beyond Good and Evil? That's a good question, and off the top of my head I'm not sure. Do you want me to look it up? Yeah, look it up! Just while, if they did hypothetically. Did Ubisoft make Splinter Cell? They make Beyond Good and Evil. Okay, yeah, I want a Beyond Good and Evil ride. I like that. I think that would be good, cause, I mean, like that's a 1% of you know what that is. I like that. But it's really cool, I like Ubisoft. Like gusto Yeah What was us getting that Nintendo part? Yeah, exactly I like this trend that happening, video gaming theme park, that's pretty good. I would say maybe a Just Dance dance hall, like a rave. A Just Dance rave. I forgot about Just Dance, yeah. Just Dance rave, we could all, everyone could get like paint and foam and stuff. 21 and over, after hours. From park close, to park, to dawn, that's what, it's just dance rave. I like it, I'm already in, you know that! I'd figured you're already be in on that. I figured you'd already be in. Okay, cool. Alright, so let's talk about this last thing which is, I love choose your own adventure books And now, we're seeing some really advanced versions of that happening at the Georgia, I believe, hold on. I wanna make sure I get this right. You're too busy looking up beyond- The Georgia Institute of Technology. They are creating and working on right now an interesting artificial intelligence that It's kinda like a choose your own adventure artificial intelligence robot. Oh, boy. They have called it Scherhazade Interactive Fiction, after the heroine in 1001 Arabian Nights. It creates interactive stories, so that's what you're seeing now, that users can choose the direction of, making it sort of like this very advanced version of choose your own adventure, using AI. Okay, so here's how it works. It uses crowdsourcing from a platform called Amazon Mechanical Turk and that's where it gets its plot points from. So here we go. Enter in the tickets, talking about going to a movie, buy popcorn. You buy popcorn all the stuff, and that uses the crowdsourcing to remove limitations on the number of possible scenarios So it takes all these plot points that it gets from this crowdsource platform, it puts them in a structured, sensible order, so for example, you can't drive to the theater after you've already entered it. So it's like, okay, well this can't happen before this, so it sorts everything out, all the possible scenarios, it sorts them all out And then what they did with this experiment is they took a bunch of people and they had them try out a human-generated story, like a human-programmed generator, and a normal Random Story Generator [UNKNOWN] And the people who tried it, the random story generator did very poorly. Like very, very poorly. People thought the stories weren't very coherent, they didn't make any sense, because they weren't sorted. So a lot of times the order was out, like pick all these random things that happened. Wasn't great. But, The people who did the experiment said that they had an equal level of enjoyment, coherent and engaging material with both the human programmed story and the AI generated story. I wanna play this. So yeah, pretty interesting stuff going on. Like I love the idea of this sort of choose your own adventure Kind of AI. And really, if you were to harness this engine and kind of make maybe a virtual reality story with it. Or you could do just a regular like iPad game where it's like it harnesses the power of this. I mean it could really be something special. Yeah. I'm awesome. That would be cool. It looked, looked like a lot of fun. I mean that was the most basic story I've Keep a basic story. Yeah, but it could be a lot of fun. But the potential is certainly there. Yeah. And it was really interesting and I thought that was really really cool. Ok, so before we go on break, we're going to talk about into it. And all the other stuff that we do on the second half of the show, but before we go, Scene It and Gamespot editors want to tell you what they're playing right now. Let's just play this, we'll be right back. So I'm not playing Metal Gear Solid V, I have been playing Mad Max a little bit. And while I don't love this game entirely, I do really like the driving aspects and the lengths they go to make the world look really exciting and beautiful. This week I'm playing the delightfully cute couch coop, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. Quiplash is this brilliant party game from the guys over at Jackbox games. It's too hard to explain, but it's bloody hilarious. If you have people coming over to your house, get them to bring their smart phones. Okay so this week I'm playing NHL 16, because it's the best game these guys have made in three years. I've been playing the Wii U exclusive Super Mario Maker. It is a game that combines the nostalgia of playing these classic Mario games with the creativity and fun of making your own levels. [SOUND] Where you work with a friend to man shields or turrets or just maneuver your spaceship in this crazy tumultuous space. And you can even pick and Space Bunny is super cute, and in a world where there's not enough [UNKNOWN] games it's worth picking up. There's still a few frustrations, but by far, they've done it, the series is kinda back. Check it out.And you can play it on Playstation 4, PS3, PC, Mac, and also Xbox One. Play it. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Welcome back to the show. We have returned. It's Thursday. It's also the last time you're gonna get to tell everybody here, the viewers of Tomorrow Daily, what you're into. So we gotta talk about into it. [SOUND] So please, by all means. I should've just picked fall out four. I should've just been like victory rhyme, fall out four. No, I just struggle cuz we've had a very busy week- Yeah. So it's not like we've really had- Very busy. Had too much time to be into anything. But, someone sent me a first episode of a show called Moonbeam City which I think comes out today. Okay. And I got an early look at it and I love it. I love the way it looks. Like the show Look. The show's got some work to do. It's pretty interesting. I wasn't in hysterics, but I love the visual aesthetic of it. Yeah, very Miami Vice. Right. Every single shot looks like, you know, like a picture you could have on your wall. Yeah. Rob Lowe does the main character's voice, and it's really weird, because it's Rob Lowe Yeah. Well, yeah. It's gonna be on Comedy Central. Okay I just thought if you didn't know about it, it'd be just kind of a cool thing to just check out. But Moonbeam City, there you go, look at it. Moonbeam City Look at how, look how pretty she is. It does look very pretty. It does. It does look like an episode of, it looks like the title sequence of Miami Vice, like just the title card with like the neon and kinda that very- Super cool. 80s aesthetic, like Archer, sort of like 60s animation- Yeah, that's the thing- [INAUDIBLE] the 80s. I'm glad you brought that up. It's very Archer If you like archery, you might be into this cuz the guy acts just like him. Okay. He's super cocky and everything revolves around him. Yeah, okay. Perfect. I'll probably enjoy it then. Yeah. I love Archer. All right, so as you mentioned, we have not had a whole lot of time this week to be into anything, because I have been working so hard on getting everybody to say bye to you, I am actually into our User Feedback this week. Oh. [LAUGH] [SOUND] [MUSIC] More people. Cheap [LAUGH]. Everybody on YouTube. I know, it's such a cop-out. But, literally I've been consumed by this week of you leaving. And it's like there's so many things to get done. And we're moving- [CROSSTALK] Yeah, you guys have a lot Still, if you guys are prepping for the next two weeks. You too, so yeah, you do too. For me, I've really enjoyed reading everybody's messages to you because it's really been a testament to how much people enjoyed having you here on the show. Including, you know, Logan and I, but everybody really loved having you here and YouTube is just They are heartbroken, Khail. They are heartbroken people. [LAUGH] YouTube's got a heart some times. Some times YouTube has a heart and it is broken right now into about 1,000 pieces. Future game Dev wrote in to us on Twitter and said, no! There's a lot of no. There's a lot of no, we'll miss you, KhailAnonymous. Like please all [INAUDIBLE] There's a lot of no. Future game dads, all right. Yeah, yeah, future game dads and then Rick wrote in and said, Why do you do this, @KhailAnonymous? Why? Will miss you a lot. Good luck at Yahoo. He, so Rick has been watching the show for a really long time, maybe since the beginning. And he actually wrote into us right before that tweet, he said, I left, I was gone for a week like on vacation, so I get back from my vacation and Khail is leaving. What is going on here? That'll teach you. He was very upset. And then he included a, he included a gif on that tweet, and it was really funny. Yeah there you go. [LAUGH] Now that's is There's my response right there, I love it so much. Yeah it's fantastic. And then Dave wrote in and, Dave Absen, the comic artist who has been drawing the robots and us and all that stuff wrote and said, so long Khail, wish you all the best. Your pal, graphics by dave and sent off a nice little image of me waving good-bye with my robot dog, as you take your robot cat and you Yahoo shirt [LAUGH] and you walk off into the sunset, robot Khail. I need that shirt. I know you've got to get that shirt. But yeah, so I love that, I love that picture. Great stuff. He's been, yeah, he's been one of our best. Yeah. Really great. I mean, really, really great stuff. And we've had, I mean, the stuff from CEF where everybody Photoshopped animal heads onto us. That was great. You guys have really gone above and beyond in terms of doing our bidding on the internet. [INAUDIBLE] really helpful. Remember we had asked for Photoshop. Okay, so last week's user feedback and then we'll say goodbye to Kayle and do the whole thing so This is our phonetographer for the day. [MUSIC] So viewer Cody wrote in and he said he said, hey guys I really enjoy the show every day and I wanted to share a picture of a very, very old house that is actually still in use It's a building on my college campus. College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. The house has original Tiffany glass windows and it's considered priceless. I took this with my iPhone 6. Hope you guys enjoy! That is amazing and original Tiffany windows always remind me of Fake! That looks fake. That's a tiny dollhouse, right? It's like a little tiny dollhouse on a model city. That's what it is. It's from Beetlejuice. Someone's done a little model of the dollhouse. Oh yeah. That's exactly. Wow. It's from Beetlejuice 2. It's from the set of Beetlejuice 2. That's incredible. It's iPhone again? Yeah, another iPhone. I'm telling you, man, that color. That color, though. That spectrum. That colzo! Yeah. So great work, Cody. I'm gonna still, we'll be doing Tomorrow Daily tiny TD or Tomorrow Daily mini or whatever we're gonna call it, we don't know yet. You can email us your phone-graphy, email@example.com. All right, let's talk about Khail leaving. Let's talk about Khail leaving. This is a huge bummer, but I will say this, You've been here for about a year. And I think you've done about 200 episodes- Yeah I think if we did the math, yeah. Like Humble Stevens, which is pretty great. And so you came in in a time of need. We needed, we had some scheduling issues. Rich DeMuro had a second child and there was just a lot of things going, a lot of stuff going on. And you came in and really just like For me, it made the show so fun and everybody loves it. Like, much more than what it was before. I mean for me, I really enjoyed sitting across from you for the last year and having a blast. I've Always had, we've always had fun. Yeah it's been a blast. It's been fun every day, yeah. We have to go to see Yes together, we got to see some really amazing technology, you got see a spider dress. You faced your fears in a spider dress. [LAUGH] That was awesome. We went to the Marvel Experience. Got to go to the Marvel Experience, a set of CSI Cyber, we got to do a lot of really cool stuff. And so, thank you. Thank you for being here and I know that In a perfect world, it would be a full-time gig where we could throw gobs of money at you and make you stay, but it just has to be, everybody. Yeah. Kell has opportunities that You just can't say no to. What I wanna say is that, you know, before I came to Tomorrow Daily I was hosting a lot of entertainment and movie stuff. And it wasn't really until I started working on this show, that I got a chance to stop And think about stuff like the future, and science, and the inspiring things that are around us. And just get an opportunity to talk about that stuff everyday with someone that was excited about it and wanted to share it with other people and create an amazing show. So that other people could have that moment in their life, because we get so wrapped up in the now, in the news, in the entertainment, in whatever is happening on Facebook, but this show has always been an opportunity to look at and be inspired by and Whenever,I know when the stars come out, I can think about space a little bit more. Yeah. I know it sounds cheesy but there's just so much out there and there's so many people doing so many amazing things. And being good humans and being on the show has meant more than coming in and hosting, And coming in and just having fun. It's been about me learning. Hopefully I learned so much from you. Not only about this world, but I learned stuff about hosting from you, I learned stuff about just really everything. It's been such an incredible experience that I would not trade for anything and this team ANd this company, CNET has been an incredible family to be a part of. But ultimately, this family right here, Ashley, Producer Logan, this has been my family for the last year. And like you can hear it in my voice. I know, you're gonna make me cry. I'm like ugh. Because Because you guys have been, we've been so close. Yeah. And we've shared so much, and we've been excited about each other's lives. Yeah. And we've been excited about attack and you'll come in and you'll tell me a story and your eyes will light up. And this show is so meaningful to you, and it's such like a loving project to you, that to be so close to it, and get to be a part of it, has meant so much. And thank you so much for letting me be a part of it for so long. And producer Logan, Puts in hours of work and he- Producer Logan, thank you for imagining us. [LAUGH] Yeah. He puts in hours of work and he cares about the show. Before the show starts, when the show is happening, after the show, and he wants to be a bigger part of it every day. And it's just been an incredible experience. And you, you guys that watch Have been unlike any viewership that I've ever had. You're intelligent, you're thoughtful, you're caring, your feedback is productive. You guys care about the show. You've sent in articles. You make it exciting to be a part of the show. You make the people that are making it Like enjoy making the show. It doesn't feel like a job, it doesn't feel like a choir. Never. It feels like you're, like creating an entertainment for your friends. It's, do you have feelings like it felt all along, and I'm just. Yeah. I have been so excited for this opportunity, I'm sorry it took so long but this is my platform right now. To get to say this. So again Ashley, thank you so much for the year. Thank you so much for the memories. Thank you so much for all the knowledge, and opening that part of my brain so that I'll think about that stuff. And I will continue to watch this show, because it is such a part of my life now. And I can't wait to see what you guys Do next, and I've heard all these ideas, and I can't wait to see what you guys pull off. So, and thank you most of all, Genghis. Genghis, oh Genghis. No, but thank you, Ashley. No I, like I said, I could not have asked for a more fun, like excited, like kale When you come in, Khail is always, especially on a Monday, my favorite day of the week is usually Monday, because we come in and everybody has had a weekend. And, we all sit down, and we talk about what we did over the weekend. And, usually Logan's got some great new band that he wants to tell us about or some festival that he went to. Khail has been to some insane event, that like I've never heard of. Barely survived. But looks awesome and he had barely survived, but he has all these great stories and video, and then also he has these like weird, quirky things and say that you got a list of it, you gotta see this. He's so on the pulse of the internet. You really are, to me on this show, you are the audience. You are the people who watch the show. You're the heart of the show. In the sense of you are the person that I make the show for, it's like we, to hear that you feel inspired and that you can look at the stars in a different way like a little bit more intelligently, like that is exactly what we aim for and you know that and you've done the same thing. You've aimed for that ideal and You know, it's not much, but it's ours. And we have loved it so much for the last year, that it's a bummer to see you go, but I could not be more proud of what you have accomplished in the last year. You've done so many things, and some things you guys never even get to see. That just didn't happen for some reason like you've done so many things that have been so incredible and so professional that I'm so excited for you. And everybody out there should be super ecstatic for Khailo and even though you're gonna go back to entertainment, I like to think that you'll take a little bit of this stuff with you and maybe talk about technology or the future with. You know maybe sci-fi movies or things like that. Like it'll give you sort of a more informed worldview on that sort of thing. Like Ex Machina would be a great example of a junket that you'd be able to sort of apply everything you've done here to a really cool interesting interview that maybe, you know, E! is not doing. Yeah. So I really love that and that makes me so excited for you. And I I'll be bummed to see you go. I'm excited about the future. I'm excited about what's coming next. Logan is gonna be taking a little bit more of an active role. I think we're gonna be trying to make the show [COUGH] a little bit more expansive in terms of [UNKNOWN] do things. And I'm sad you won't be here to do it with us. We were all really planning on doing it together, but But man, I just, I'm so happy for you. And I'm really proud that I know you and that I am going to be able to go to Yahoo! and be like that's Khail. I cohosted with that guy for a year. And now I'm super excited to see him be doing this thing. And now I'm gonna start crying so. Be good humans and I will see you next week. Producer Logan will see you guys next week. And until then, again, as always, be good humans, and thank you so much to Khail. Find us on Twitter. He's @khailanonymous, I'm @ashleyesqueda. We'll see you guys next time. Bye! [MUSIC]