Tomorrow Daily 132: A drone circus, robot gardens, guest co-host Kim Horcher and moreOn today's show, guest co-host Kim Horcher (of TYT's "Nerd Alert") joins Khail to talk about next-gen prosthetic limbs from the minds at DARPA, a drone circus booting up in Amsterdam and MIT's beautiful blooming robot garden.
On today's show, Darfur shows off their newest arms, and they're robots. And, the circus is in town! In Amsterdam. And they are also robots. A whole new breed of. Flowers is being shown off, and they're robots. Pound me. It's Tomorrow Daily. [MUSIC] Hey everyone! Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, your source for all kinds of futurology, robots, and science news. My name Khail Anonymous, and Ashley is still out caring for her dogs. We wish her and her dogs well. But today we have a special guest, very special. Her name is Kim Horcher. Hi! . Welcome to the show. Thank you. So you're, you're not any stranger to kind of like this nerd culture type stuff. No. I also host a show called Nerd Alert on The Young Turks network. We also love futurism, science, technology. Cool. Also a lot of culture, but I see that on this show too. Yeah. And also science fact. So, that's a lot of fun. Yeah. So, we're gonna nerd out. Pretty much the whole time. We're definitely gonna nerd out. And, and we also have like a segment where we're gonna find out what you're into this week. Mm-hm. And you picked one of the nerdiest things I can possibly think of. I disagree. Alright well we'll see, so lets get started with our news stories [MUSIC] Well I like to start by calling the guests out on their on their on their preference. On there choice Yeah so there you go that's, that's done. Alright so we're gonna move into there's a, it's a robotic heavy episode but trust me your gonna love this. We're going to start off with the fact that DARPA has released their next gen arms. Mm-hm Now we know next gen consoles, but these are next gen arms. They showed off, the the newest development is that they have footage of them actually being used, okay. So. What we're going to see in this video are army volunteers eating and drinking with robotic attachments as well as climbing up the wall. This is newly unveiled footage released just this week of these new arms that it so, it's like any of these people don't have arms, they're going to be basically able to do anything with them. They can pick up objects as delicate as a grape. They're able to handle very rugged tools, like a hand drill, and believe it or not, it actually is the size and weight of a normal arm. So it's not like a big, heavy robot arm. [UNKNOWN] signed a contract with [UNKNOWN], the hand presentation and touch interfaces, to advance the already That's a great [UNKNOWN] I know. I'm trying, the already most, this is already the most advanced robot prosthetic. Everbilt and it's named the Luke arm. Can you guess what it's named after. After who? After Luke Skywalker. Of course. It's also called the deca arm Luke's better system but yeah we're gonna go with Luke. The goal Mm-hm The goal of this whole arm thing that they got going on here is to to build a fully responsive prosthetic attachment. That is the converser controls with their brain and nervous system while receiving forced and touch feedback. So closer to what an actual arm is. The, the tech is that they use the, the signals come from a, oh my god, electromyogram. Electrodes, which sends electrical activity on muscles close to where the prosthetic is attached. So basically where ever your muscle is. it will sense when you are moving it uhh of course they havent fully like [UNKNOWN] well it goes one way, but not the other what>>well like they cant ummm they cant sense what they are touching correct yeah>> how would that work though>> so what they have right now is they dont have all of it figured out into the arm. Mm-hm.>> They have it so you can also control it with your feet. So, like there's like, there's a whole, there's some hurdles to overcome. But this is still the most advanced prosthetic that there is. Th, it's really impressive. Look, they're able to pick up a spoon guide it to their mouth pretty, pretty well. I saw them doing fist bumps earlier. They, they can pour, like one robotic guy was pouring water. Into another guys up. So it's, its pretty impressive how I was able to move. So, yeah so there you go, Darpa. Our own government is actually working on these, and. They can climb up the wall, I'm sorry that's incredible. Yeah it is. I mean, we've seen robotic arms before. Yeah. But generally not that strong. Not that strong at least. Or able to be so delicate. LIke this one guy was picking up like eggs just because he can and wasn't squashing them. I have that problem. I squash the eggs all the time so- Maybe you're stronger than you think. Or just angrier. I'm just so ticked off- So there you go, if you want to check it out, Darpa has a whole bunch of other things you can look up. Let's see, look up the, the deka arms system, the D E K A A arms system. There's a whole bunch of videos of them trying it out. So, it's pretty cool. Yeah. So that's our first robotics story. How about some robots that are just having fun for our amusement. For our amusement. As our robot entertainment slave. Oh no. [LAUGH] Listen. Okay. Sometimes some people, such as myself, think the idea of a circus is a little outdated. But what if they're drones instead of bears and elephants? Oh! [LAUGH] No! [LAUGH] So there's no date for this yet. It's called Air 2015. It's set to start in Amsterdam. And it is essentially a drone show. So they would be flying around in formation. They would be well there's light trails. They have laser capabilities, not death laser, fun lasers. [LAUGH] Yeah. Well some would say that death lasers are fun. So this is it's looks like they're just using it for some some arena show that their doing? Yeas, in the Amsterdam Arena. Okay, all right. So, does it like perform to music or like, what's the deal? I think it is synced with music, Oh, okay. So you know how sometimes planetariums they have laser shows? Yeah. For people who may be enjoying Amsterdam. Well now you can enjoy ballets and. Battles. Battles? In Amsterdam. How many drones are involved? Did they say, was it like, is it like, it from the video. It looks like a lot. Yeah. they're jumping through hoops, it's like Tron over here. You know it looks a lot like, if you've played Final Fantasy XIII. Oh, the blitz ball? No, that's Final Fantasy X. Crap. There's, there's a part where there's a futuristic city, and there's a racetrack. And they're flying around in circles through different light hoops. And something's happened with the plot where that doesn't work out so well. But it looks a lot like that. Okay, yeah! I mean, this looks fun. I would wanna see this, right? Mm hm. Looks pretty cool. So it's, it's not its own show, is it's. It's, it's own show where just like, you watch soccer and then that's like half time. I think you're going just straight for this. Straight for the drones? It's not, not all the details are out yet. There's no, there's no date besides fall of 2015. Mm-hm. Mm-hm. So, that's a few months from now. Right on. You seem to be not so pleased with the bears and elephants no longer being part of the circus. Yeah. I don't know. I mean. Drones do it for me, but I, I like bears [INAUDIBLE]. Don't you feel back for them though? I feel bad for the bears. They shouldn't be in a circus. I mean like. Circuses are very. >. Yeah. That's an antiquated notion of entertainment. Like. It's terrible. Match around with this creepy Calliope music for my pleasure. Yeah. No, it's, it's weird, it's weird. Maybe they can make drone bears. Then we'd all,like we'd meet in the middle. >. Okay. > What do you think of that? Benjamin Button, we meet in the middle. I'm, I'm into that. Okay cool. That'll be your into it this week. I'll, I'll conceive. [LAUGH] Okay, so now we're moving onto robots. >. What? Yeah, I know, I was just as surprised as you. So over at MIT a few, a few of the students have made a robot garden that is more than meets the eye, well it is meets the eye, but it's more than it, it's robots. So, so check this out, what you're seeing is they're setting up this robot grid system. It's these flowers that not only glow but they also bloom on command. So, this technology is, it's, it's Arduinos that connects 16 tiles together, it can be controlled by clicks to, like, light up and bloom and stuff like that, or be controlled by code. Now, the reason I bring that up. Is that the goal this system is to teach young computer science hopefuls Aw. Especially girls, no sexism there that's what they said, the concepts of basic algorithms and programing. So you learn program, these children learn programming by playing around with these lights and, and coding it and, and seeing what they can do with it. The flowers have principle motors for simulating blooming and color LED for code control. There's also sheep robots that are down there on the floor. They don't really show them, but they just kinda like walk around. You control them, too. And there's also magnet controlled swans. See, there it is blooming. See, it kind of like, opens, and. Is that paper? And closes. Yeah! They're, they're paper, they're paper printed. Oh. They also tried to make it so that it's very easy to replicate, so that schools can go. Sure. They're, they're trying to make this for schools, so that the kids can learn. Coding very easily. Mm-hm. So all this stuff is really cheap and this, this by the MIT Computer Science Lab. So they're saying the next step is to make the garden controlled by multiple students at once rather than just one, one person controls is right now. But see there's the students completely amazed look at them oh my god. They love it. They're so shocked. [LAUGH] No, but the MIT students said that they, the students were very excited. I don't see any smiles. It looks, it was really cool. I wish they were showing the sheep. [LAUGH] But they're hoping to make it so easy for, you know, like classes to replicate this and teach students. Yeah, that's great. Programming and how to like grow fake flowers, I guess. Well like with Raspberry Pi and even like Making Mikey. Oh yeah, yeah. I mean those are, they're pretty simplistic, but. I think it gets people interested in computer engineering or programming at also and this is a great thing.>> It's better than learning like necessarily just looking at a screen and seeing ones and zeros. It much easier to kind of just see it in practice.>> It's more accessable.>> Lights up and like blooms. [UNKNOWN] and what not, so that's pretty cool. Speaking of which, we didn't touch on our TD of the day. Every single episode we ask the audience and the viewers and the people that are smarter than us a question. We missed it back, but it was for the circus one. Yes. So we have one. It's TD-circus. And we want to know. Wait, what did we want to know? My, my thing didn't show. What would you like to see the drones do in the circus? So, you know, maybe you've seen the blue angels and you could compare what they do. Or maybe you've seen a regular circus, and you want a drone bear. Like Kale does. I want a drone bear. So what would you like to see the drones do at the circus? Mm-hm. So. As always, we answer it. So what, what would you like to see? I would like to see them kind of sky write, but on a mini level, and I want them to make something more complicated and colorful than you might see in the [INAUDIBLE]. That's fantastic. That's cool, so like- . I want, I want art- Like a portrait of you, or okay- Yes, of my face. Of, just of your face. No. [LAUGH] Who's that? Who's that girl? That nerdlike girl? Get her out of here. That nerdlike girl? She's really [INAUDIBLE]. No, like- [LAUGH]. Everybody knows- Oh no! I would like to see them bring me cotton candy. Just like little, it's charming. Oh, like a taco drone, but with treats for the circus. Yeah, there you go. Just like flying around, just giving them to me. Now I don't have to pay for it. [LAUGH] So there you go, TV Circus, please let us know what you'd like to see the drones do. At the circus. We're going to take a quick break and then we're going to come back and we're gonna talk about what were into this week. One of, of us has a really really nerdy one. Whatever, it's great. And then the other one of us it's just amazing, and you'll love it, and it's the best thing ever. Those are both me. [LAUGH] Alright, we'll see you guys in sec. [MUSIC] Oh hi, we didn't see you there. [LAUGH] Welcome back to Tomorrow Daily. Thursday's one of the coolest days for us, because we get to talk to about kind of like our own self. This is- we're going to do into it, which is where we're going to talk about what we're into- what we're excited about this week. Some of you may be excited too. So let's find out! Into it. That. That little heart. You're into the into it graphic. Well that was a waste. Now you don't get into it. [LAUGH] No, no, no, no I still get a wish. Oh, but you get a wish. These aren't, alright, we'll, we'll we'll see what's gonna happen. Alright so Kim I'm gonna let you go first as the guest so what is your into it, what are you into this week? What I am into this week is x-wing miniatures. So. Star Wars released a board game it was in 2012 but there have been steadily expansion packs for it. There was a new one about to come called Scum and Villany. That's cool. So basically if you're not familiar with this X-wing miniatures is a board game based, it's like a turn by turn strategy game based on the dog fights that you may have seen in the various Star Wars films and television shows. And it's really fun you can play with a team or just two people against each other. I have a lot of fun with this. I'm almost always a rebel>>Yes, there you go.>>That's my side. But with scum and villany you get the scum and villany like Bobo Fet and the mandos and Prince. Xixor. I mispronounce his name every time. I only read it. I'm sorry. But, it is a. You're toast. No, I'm not. No, well, Boba Fett before was on the Imperial side. I'm so mad at her. No, don't be made! I have only read that word. I'm on the internet. I'm allowed to be more opinionated than you. No. So okay cool. So, it comes out when? Very soon. Okay, so what are you going to do to celebrate. Are you gonna like, have a big party, or what? Maybe I will. Okay, I don't know. I'm used to being a rebel so, I. See, with the new set there are going to be much more tricky moves that will force. You're opponents into, bad situations that they'll have to make tough decisions for. Which I tend not to be a fan of when playing, board games. Cause I'm, I'm boring, like I want to be the rebels and I, I want to be an X-wing fighter, too. You know [INAUDIBLE] Wes Jansen so at least I'm not Luke Skywalker right? Yeah. Not like with those robotic arms from earlier. And. More news on that. So the New York Toy Fair just announced that in a, in the future there going to put episode 7 stuff in the game.>>No, That's really, really cool.>>Yes. It's gonna be great. That's a great way to learn about like your future movies that you're interested in by the way. Look at the toys they are always. Hid some spoilers in the toys. Yeah. They just had a Jurassic Park one they released the, the new dinosaur. Yes. Indominus Rex. Yeah. That's pretty oh you knew, you knew the name. Nice job. Mm-hm. It looks creepy. I love it. Yeah. All right. Cool. So, what I'm into this week is also a nerd alert type you know, thing. It is Kingsman. I mean, the Kingsman, I know I'm late to the, I know I'm late to, you know, the movie, but this is the movie that came out this weekend up against 50 Shades of Grey, and did okay! It did okay. I think it made like 50, 50 mil in the box office, but. More importantly, what's great is this, this is based off a graphic novel. Huh. Not a lot of people knew that and that's really cool. Cause Mark Miller makes those kind of. Kick ****. Yeah, he made kick ****, kick **** two. He kind of sneaks under the radar, like, like when they get made in a movie people don't realize that they're based on graphic novels. So is it like the same kind of like crazy, kind of super realist. Not, super unrealistic violence. It's over the top. It's like, you know, it's like there's, it's yeah, people have arms that get cut off. Someone gets cut in half. It's not even really a spoiler. It's, it's really violent. And it's basically, it's such an homage, like Mark Miller's in love with everything he covers. So like when he did Kick **** he was like in love with the superheroes and, and he's in love with spy films in this one. Samuel L. Jackson plays a character with a lisp. Oh no! It's really great! But yeah, good all the way to the end. [LAUGH] It's, it's. Just when you think you've figured the movie out, it keep, it takes a right turn. This scene right here [CROSSTALK] is amazing. I've heard that scene is the scene where everything gets turned on its head. Oh my God! Yeah, yeah! It, it even addresses, like, certain cliches and stereotypes. Anyway,. Don't listen to me any more. Just go see the movie. It's really, really great. And yeah. You haven't seen it. No, I haven't seen it yet. Oh, it's so great. I saw Jupiter Ascending instead. So go see the Kingsman. [LAUGH] That's the review, they put it on the poster. No. [LAUGH] Jupiter Ascending. Go see the Kingsman. Yup. It's Kim [UNKNOWN] Yes. All right. So that's cool. Now it's time to listen to what you guys have to say, because we're dumb, you don't want to listen to us. So let's check out, you know, your comments. We've got 2 today. Okay. Since we didn't, Two comments on your YouTube? Yeah. No. We got a lot. But like we don't always want to delve into the YouTube comments [CROSSTALK]. Bribe a bro. Yeah, today we got a half a comment on YouTube. No, we had several. But these are tweets that were tweeted at us. Okay. So this one was TD Mars, this was from yesterday. We asked them, if, there was this whole Mars competition, Mars One is sending people to mars. It's going from 100 to 25, to 24 people. Hm. But it's a competition. So we have. It's a reality show, right? Yeah, it's a reality show. So weird. See that's what makes me, So we ask them, what would you do to go from the 124, like how would you impress them? I said I would tell them that I"m really good at digging, cause they want to find if there's water on the bottom. So I'll just be like, I'm really good at digging. Remember that character Shoveler from Mystery Men? That's me. So Oc,. Ocular Nervosa says I would show how I could lay on my couch for weeks at a time proving I could withstand the long trip.>>You did it.>>That's pretty cool. That's one of a kind. Not a lot of people can pull that off. They sprain, they get into a lot of injuries.>>Watch Netflix. It's really easy.>>Netflix. Yeah, there's no Netflicks on Mars though>>I'm out. Have to, yeah, no __ card. [LAUGH] Jon says, "I'm not here to make friends." I'm here to be America's Next Top Model. Yep. You've got to, you've got to do the, on Mars- Intense. Yep. On Mars. We're going to need more of that. So there you go. There's other ones that were, like, tweeted at us, we didn't [UNKNOWN] no comment. [INAUDIBLE] sorry, anyway. So on to our last piece of user feedback which is our phonetographer of the day. [MUSIC] That wasn't a question. It was actually a fact. Yeah. I sounded like it was a question. [LAUGH] All right, so Phonetographer is where one of our viewers takes a photo with their phone. Sure. Tographer. I got it. All right. Okay. You're clever. [LAUGH] All right. So. INGO sent us this photo. Oh, I like it. Taken from his iPhone 4. Says, Hi guys, this picture was taken early morning from my iPhone 4, no editing, which I still own and use. I was on the freeway in south San Fransisco when the rising sun displayed this beautiful symphony of colors. After some failed attempts at taking photos from my moving car, big no no, I wised up and exited the freeway to set up a proper shot. Wow, put in work. Arrived to work late but escaped reprimand after impressing my boss with this photo. No way all right anyway. That's a cool boss. I hope you enjoy the picture as much as I enjoy the show. Aw, thank you Ingo. That's incredible this photo is so impressive anybody that's watching can download it, be late for work, show it to their boss. And and as late as they want. Or just save it as an excuse to your boss. That's what I'm saving, yeah, like save, email it to him every morning. Going to be like, here it is. That's awesome, with an iPhone 4. What kind of phone do you have? I have an iPhone 6 plus, it's enormous. It's also my version has. [CROSSTALK] Well awesome, that's very cool. Uh,so if you guys have any comments, or you want to respond to the TD, or you want to send in any phonetographers, you can email us. At tomorrow, email@example.com. You can also find us on all kinds of social media. You can find as on Twitter at @tomorrowdaily, you can message your TD, or you can e-mail, you can e-mail us, you can. Snapchat, instagram, google plus. Just type it into Google, and you'll find all You know how to use the internet. You know how to find stuff, alright? Even on YouTube, you can find us at Tomorrow Daily, don't forget to like, rate, subscribe, and comment. Also we're on Itunes. If you're there, write a review. I mean I mean and what else? We're on OKCupid. Are we? No. Just you? Just me. Please just send me a message. No anyway so Kim. Yes. Tell us a little bit about where we can find you. For social media? For just everything. Anywhere? Well, my home address- no. Well, you can find me at @Kim [UNKNOWN] on Twitter. There is a story behind that. I am not full of myself. I'm Kim Horcher on Instagram and then please come to Youtube.com/NerdAlert for my show which is also a fun talk show. Yeah. About futurism and culture and technology and science. Awesome, awesome. And Ashley is been already a couple of time. Really, how is she? She was great. Hm. Okay. I don't know. I don't know, I think that you're [UNKNOWN]. I had your back that she was good. Oh really. What did you talk about lately? With Ashley? No, just on the show. Well this week we were talking about the Blade Builders again the toy fair. Mm-hm. George R Martin saying that in the future on Game of Thrones- It's gonna be different. Characters who don't by, die in the books might die in the show. Yep. We also did the proliferance of. Proliferation of haunted Ebay items for sale. Oh yeah, that laptop. we talked about Comcast kind of balking at the state of California demanding that they have more services for underserved areas. Mm-hm. So, it does go kind of all over the place. Cool. All right. Right on. That's, that's cool. So, make sure to check that out, Nerd Alert on YouTube [MUSIC] As always, guys, thank you for joining us. No episode tomorrow, no episode Saturday, Sunday, so we'll see you Monday. Don't do anything until then. At all. Don't. Don't. Turn off your computer and then just sit there. And, thank you for joining us as always. And have a, and be good humans, and we'll see you guys next time. [MUSIC]