Japanese festival attendees can pilot this huge robot...in VR (Tomorrow Daily 212)
On today's show, a research team builds a heart in a lab from scratch.
You can become a robot pilot if you happen to be in Japan.
And Portal is back in a way you've never seen it before.
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I'm Ashley Esqueda, that's Khail Anonymous.
Say your thing.
Say the thing you said.
I want GLaDOS, actually I would even more-
No, just say the, say your thing.
I want GLaDOS to be my navigation.
And you can.
Cuz there's like.
The Tom Tom or something, right?
If you get a GPS.
And you download it and it tells you the opposite direction you're supposed to be going.
So it's like flat off.
If you're supposed to turn right, it's like, turn left now.
Or do a u-turn if you're supposed to [CROSSTALK] keep driving straight.
Drive in oncoming traffic.
Yeah, it really doesn't help you out at all.
But it's Funny, so.
Yeah, I love that so much.
I would like the GLaDOS voice, I would like to be able to pick that as Siri's voice in my iPhone.
Oh, cuz you're almost there.
And treat me like I am the worst person.
Just be like, You are looking heavy today.
I just wanna her to be like, I was once a potato.
People would pay for that.
I would pay for that.
That would be amazing, an add-on for GLADOS as Siri.
That would be glorious.
But we're not talking about Portal just yet.
Let's hit the headlines.
Kell finally my dreams can come true.
I can now be a robot pilot.
I can go and try it out.
I saw this story on rocket news and I got really excited.
Rocket news if you're familiar is a site that like focuses mostly on Japanese culture.
Either here in the US or actually in Japan.
So they send one of their reporters to go check out this 33000 robot.
Called Super Godzilla on display in Tokyo at a festival that is called and this is the translation for [INAUDIBLE] news so hopefully this is 100% correct [INAUDIBLE] dream a [INAUDIBLE] dream mega summer festival, which I feel like they should make a music festival and bring it to the U.S. So there were lots of booths.
All different kinds of stuff.
And this robot was part of that.
Again 33,000 pounds.
About 13 feet tall, it's heavier than [INAUDIBLE] Heavy Industries robot that's going to fight that other mega robot next year.
Yeah, it's heavier?
It's heavier than that robot.
By quite a bit.
And they let you pilot it.
Like you can actually get in and pilot it But there is a total catch to this.
Obviously, they don't want you jumping in there and rolling around the festival.
The Dream Continent Dream Megasummer Festival.
They don't want you rolling around Around there and crushing people and stuff.
So if they do it, they put you inside the cockpit of the actual robot because see these giant claws that it has.
The put you in the cockpit and you put on a Oculus Rift.
And they have-
They have joysticks on each side and the seat is hydraulic controlled.
So when you're moving it, it actually feels like the entire robot is moving, like they've designed it for the seat and everything to move as if you are moving in the robot.
And apparently the interface is incredibly realistic, really, really cool.
And the seat, again, moves as you control it.
And so that's how they let you be a robot pilot for a 33,000 pound robot.
But I mean you gotta start somewhere.
You gotta train, you gotta train.
You can't just take a giant robot out.
So let me get this straight
You don't actually pilot the robot.
But you're piloting it in virtual reality.
So to answer the question, no.
Yeah, no you're not really piloting it.
But can the robot move for real though?
Oh yeah, They can move around.
This video made me laugh really hard because they play this song from a popular Japanese pop group and it kinda dances.
Like, it's hilarious.
Robot's gotta dance.
But no, it totally moves, it's a totally functional robot.
They actually, see all those rocks underneath behind that barrier?
It crushes those rocks.
Like they put the rocks inside these claws and smash them in half and stuff.
So this is what I actually Functional kind of dangerous robots.
So that was the reason.
They're like we can't have people going around and slicing people in half with that.
Yeah I trust no one to pilot that thing.
No not at all.
That's why they give you the Oculus.
Well that's cool.
Does it cost money to do it or.
I don't they charge the reporter.
They didn't say anything about like a fee or anything.
You can just go check out.
I would imagine I would a pretty good line at the Odeiba Dream [INAUDIBLE] Mega Summer Festival.
That's the best.
Megasummer Dream Festival?
Dream Continent Dream Megasummer Festival.
You got two dreams in there.
Oh my god.
That's the best.
Best festival ever.
Remember, I want a t-shirt.
Logan, are we going to that?
Yeah, yeah, I'll remember that.
We'll be there next year at Odaiba.
We've gotta go there.
Alright, so tell me about Portal, I'm so excited.
No no no, just forget that.
This is it, okay guys?
This is the moment we've been waiting for.
I have always said that VR, to actually start selling headsets, needs to create something that we wanna play, that blows our minds, that we don't want to end, and we're like, I'll get a VR headset for that.
And this is basically it.
It's a demo that they showed off for the HTC Vibe.
This is the headset that Valve is making with HTC, in which we get to experience Aperture Labs from the Portal series, like one of the best games of all times.
You get to walk around the lab.
There's a lot of different, you get to fix Peabody Sherman.
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah.
You get to fix Atlas, you get to look through different cabinets, there's some really funny jokes One in which you see, oh look there's cake.
And they do a voiceover for this, and they point out the fact that the cake is moldy because that joke is old?
And then, of course, these little tiny characters and it's a little office and you scare them.
All of the humor from the Portal series is in this demo.
It's only a five minute demo.
But from what we can see, it has all of the charm, and it explores Portal in a different way than we've seen before.
You don't get the Portal Gun, but you do get to go around and experience the fact that this world's interesting to a T.
Apparently, watching this video, which is available, and that's what you're watching.
It's recorded off of a
Like of a screen, but apparently this does not even begin to show why this so awesome in VR.
And that's the exciting thing, is, we really haven't seen anything from the HTC Vive.
Taking things from Oculus, Samsung gear.
Did you know they had a trailer at Comic Con.
An actual full trailer where people were able to line up and try the Vive.
And I wanted to stand in that line, but it was so long.
It was outside of the convention center, like a couple blocks down by a cupcake shop.
And I'm like, I want to stand in this This line so bad.
I didn't get to.
That would have been worth it, but, again, from what I know, the first thing that they've showed off.
By far, in my opinion, the most interesting and exciting thing that I'm like, I have to try that.
I want to play this game so bad.
Does this mean there's going to be more of this?
Oh yeah, definitely.
Come on, they aren't going to build a demo and just like [NOISE]
Like, oh we built this five minute demo and there's definitely not a game attached.
This will sell HTC Vibe headsets.
I will buy one if they release a full Portal game.
And again, I've been saying all they need to do Let's get a game that makes sense.
One that you don't want to put down.
And one that is an experience that you have to play.
Got to have.
And this is it as far as I'm concerned.
Yeah this is what we call the console seller.
So this is like Halo for the XBOX.
These are the games that make people buy hardware.
And so gosh, portal.
All they need now, Half Life 3.
That's all we need.
Yeah, that's what I'm saying is any of those three games,
Left 4 Dead 3, any of those.
I hate that it has to be an IP that we already know that's gonna sell the consoles.
But it does kinda make sense.
But it's such a new medium.
For us want to explore that we already love.
Yeah in a new way.
In a new way.
Like it's all a new way.
I think that's the important part.
So there you go.
That's basically that.
You can go check out the video.
Again it's 5 minutes.
They narrate it.
There's no sound.
This guy narrates it.
It's really well done.
But that brings us to our hashtag of the day for our last article.
Yes it does.
Which is TD bot pilot.
Which I wanted to ask.
I'm getting really bad about forgetting the Hashtag of the Day.
Cuz you were excited about Portal and ****.
I was really excited about Portal, okay?
If you could pilot a robot, what would you do with it?
What kind of robot would you pilot?
Would you want to take the robot, and what would you wanna do with it?
Like if you could just pilot a robot around.
And you can't like oh I want to solve driving cars.
Like I'm talking about like a Jaeger type robot where you get in and you like pilot it around and it walks and stuff.
I'd probably say do Transformers have jetpacks like rocket packs.
I mean listen.
If we're going for it.
Star scream yeah I want to pilot star scream.
You fly with star scream.
So from the transformers starscream because I'll have a jet.
I'll have a robot that walks around and I'm good.
I like it.
Yeah that's what I want.
I would want a robot with a 3D printer attached that makes roads.
That 3D prints me plastic roads so I can skip traffic.
See you later suckers.
And that dissolved in the rain.
Like just cotton candy.
Like cotton candy.
Like Spiderman's spider webs.
No one else can use it.
It's just like basically as soon as I drive over it my emissions from my tailpipe just like wipe out the road behind me.
Oh my God yeah you're like iceman
Does his little, flies around--
Why don't you turn to Disney, sure.
Right there, into Disney.
All right, last story, but certainly not the least important, this is rad.
Okay, so we've talked about lab-grown organs before, right?
So, we've talked about people, these scientists that are making some really interesting microscopic versions of a human body, and they want to connect them all together, they want to make a nervous system and a heart and all this kind of stuff.
That has always relied on scaffolding.
So what they do is they actually will cell wash.
For example, a valve from a pig, like a heart valve.
They actually cell wash it so that it can.
Can be transferred into a human body without more levels or possibilities of rejection.
So they basically make a scaffolding.
They take all, they strip it.
It's called like cell stripping, I think.
They strip it, and then they rebuild something like to make it for humans.
Well [SOUND] This is a first.
Because UC Berkeley has now made a beating human heart, with cells, that were rewound.
And I'll explain that in a second.
They taught these cells to make themselves into a heart without any scaffolding or structure that otherwise told them what shape to.
Make them [UNKNOWN]
Sounds gross, we'll see it.
So this is, it's microscopic, you still, I mean, it's not, obviously not nearly the same size of the human heart.
What they did was, again, without preexisting instructions to help guide the cells, the cells themselves figured it out.
But they did make chemicals for no-go zones.
So they could tell the cells okay, well you can build here, but you can't build here.
But there was no scaffolding involved.
There wasn't a pre-made 3D printed.
There's different types of materials that you can make, like polymers and things that.
Are like a scaffolding.
They didn't have any of that.
[CROSSTALK] And what they did was, this is insane.
So basically they imitated what happens when an embryo grows its own heart.
And how they did this was, this is how I am to understand this and hopefully I get this right, because I read this story a lot and was like, if I'm reading this right, They rewound ordinary human skin cells backwards to a point that is called, induced pluripotent stem cells, which are basically, they basically washed them, or stripped them of the idea that they were skin cells.
They took, they rewound them all the way back.
To a point where they could say, okay, now you're heart cells.
Go make a heart.
No, no, no, you're just making that up.
I swear that's what it says.
Hey, I'm gonna rewind these cells.
It basically says
We're rewiring you, we've rewound these skin cells into cells that can be rewired to heart cells and go make yourselves into a heart right now.
But that's what they did.
I don't much nay say and say that you're speaking magic words that aren't true on this show.
I feel like I'm speaking magic words, but that is what happened.
That is what happened, and their goal is now to make a full-sized tart.
At some point, they wanna make a full-sized tart.
These stupid magic students.
But I'm pretty sure.
Is this from Hogwarts?
Sometimes guys, science is really a lot like magic.
Honestly I think the whole [UNKNOWN] the self thing could lead to a lot of stuff.
Well so, they were saying-
I'm not even gonna open that can of worms.
It's a great way to kind of take cells that exist.
Because I know there's a lot of controversy around embryonic stem cells.
So scientists have been for a long time trying to find other ways to sort of make cells without having to use embryos.
Which is like very controversial.
There's ethical issues involved, all this stuff.
So that's sort of the thing where they're like, how do we not use those?
How do we find other ways to do this and this is one of those ways to do that, I guess.
It's not true.
But, you know guys, science.
One of these stories today wasn't true, can you guess which one it was?
Guess which one.
It was definitely Portal.
All right guys, we're gonna take a quick break.
We'll be right back.
It's Tuesday, we gotta tell you what movies are coming out this week, cuz there's no video games.
And of course we have your user feedback and our [INAUDIBLE] of the day so don't click away.
Welcome back to the show.
It's a Tuesday!
Which is always a great day because we get to tell you about some of the stuff that could be, or probably won't be, emptying our wallets.
This is new releases.
So let's just get this out of the way.
This is a thing that will not be emptying my wallet this weekend.
Pixels is coming out.
I'm gonna go see this movie, though.
I'll wait for it to show up on like I don't know, Lifetime or something and watch it with commercials.
Describe this movie, and then I'll tell you why I'm seeing it.
Is there a way to describe this movie?
So basically, we sent a bunch of stuff into space that had like a time capsule, and some of it was video games, and now aliens are back, and they are literally Video games like Pac-Man, and Pac-Man is now, as Adam Sandler says, which made me very upset.
Pac-Man's a bad guy?
There he is right there.
He's saying that.
I hate it.
Okay, so here's the thing.
This movie was inspired by a Internet video that came out, I wanna say like six years ago, in which Like Space Invaders were attacking the city and turning everything into this digital thing.
But the reason I'm gonna see this movie, even though I hate most of the cast, except for Peter Dinklage.
He's gonna be cool.
Who doesn't love Peter Dinklage?
Is because, honestly, this movie couldn't have existed in any other generation in time.
Like 10 years ago.
It wasn't until now that Hollywood.
Wasn't it until now that gaming is accepted enough that something we all understand that we can movie like this.
Okay I'm gonna [CROSSTALK]
And I know that's a really stupid way to like validate it.
But I'm gonna say this to you.
Which is if it's a bad movie you're setting back video game Movies.
Just like Super Mario Brothers, people were really excited about that movie and it ended up being a total mess, and it was awful.
Everyone knew it was bad, and now Nintendo is like, we're never making another video game adaptation movie ever again.
It's just, it set the precedent for bad video game movies, and so for me it's like I don't wanna see this.
I wanna see a good video game movie.
Well, I'm not saying.
Wreck It Ralph.
That's a good video game movie.
Okay, see, but that's what I'm saying is, it isn't based on one video game.
It's celebrating video games as a culture, and I see what you're saying.
Wreck It Ralph did it right.
But I don't want the studios to be like, oh, this is a terrible movie, so let's not make any more cool video game movies.
But if it succeeds?
The movie will not succeed.
Would you like to bet on this?
Could we bet on box office for Pixels?
I'm gonna that it doesn't-
Place on the box office?
You say 40 million?
I'm gonna say-
Adam Sandler movie.
People go see Adam Sandler movies.
They do in fact see Adam Sandler movies.
I'm gonna say.
Well see here's the thing.
I don't want to give a number out because I would rather it will come in at the box office.
I don't think it will be number one in the box office.
I think it will come in second and third.
There's like minions there's ant man.
Still minions we've got and man still.
Look I am not validating this movie's
I will not.
I'm in my mind saying okay at least Hollywood is understanding that people like video games.
It's a cultural tha's universal.
Let's make a game, and let's make a movie about [UNKNOWN] ..
And I like that because 10 years ago nobody would have celebrated that.
We were and outlier, I get it.
And also because
Because that Pac Man scene where he goes up and it's like, I'm your father.
You're a good boy.
And then he bites his hand off.
So what do you want me to do.
Should I go see it as a matinee and pay the least amount?
No I want you to go see this instead.
Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhaal.
This is what you should go see this weekend if you wanted to see a good movie.
It's an underdog story.
It's a boxing story.
Apparently, Jake Gyllenhal's so good in this, they say he's like in a lock for Best Actor nomination for an Oscar.
Jake Gyllenhal got in such good shape for this movie, I think, he said it took like a year to get in shape for this.
Eminem did some of the sound track.
He's got like a new what is a phenomenal or pheneoman.
I don't know.
I forget what the name of the song is.
I was the right the first time.
And so yeah he's plays a boxer and apparently it's really good and people are raving about it and his performance So if you want to spend your money this weekend, go see this.
Or if you like music
I was going to say
See what Kaleb is going to see this weekend.
I'm actually going to see this instead.
Is this the next one?
So instead of seeing Pixels, I'm legitimately going to
Gonna see Amy.
This is the Amy Winehouse documentary.
It has like a 98% on any of the review sites.
Apparently it's amazing.
This was showed at South by, I think, and just incredibly rave reviews.
She's a, look, no matter what you think about her.
Apparently she's just very misunderstood and this kind of breaks into sort of that sort of world.
For someone who seemed so tortured, it's always great to come see inside that person.
No matter if you hate them or love them to kind of understand and she was a phenomenal musician.
I'm a huge Amy Winehouse fan and so I'm
Really looking forward to seeing this.
I was actually battling whether I wanna see Trainwreck or this first.
Both of which are train wrecks.
[LAUGH] Too soon.
No but I really, really, really, really, really wanna see this.
Everyone that I saw walking out of the, cuz I went to go see it yesterday.
Was just like amazing.
Everyone walking out of the theater was just like
I didn't hear their actual conversation.
Yeah, I know.
Of course, cuz they were thumbs upping, and they were high fiving and hugging each other.
Yeah, it was amazing.
This is a very polarizing weekend for movies.
It's like, man, you gotta make some choices.
Okay, so, if you had to see one movie this weekend,
I would go see Amy.
Oh, come on.
Yeah, fair enough.
And I would probably also go see Amy.
So there you go.
Maybe I'll see Southpaw.
Actually, I really want to see it.
I'll go see Pixels, there's a $2 theater down the street from me.
Go see that.
Go see it then, yeah.
I'm going there.
Add $2 to the box office take in a couple of months.
That's a better idea.
All right, guys, let's talk about you.
It's time for user feedback.
Yeah, I also liked where that ended, too.
Actually, I wanna know how it's gonna stack up for people.
Yeah, please tell us what movie you wanna go see.
If you're on the YouTube cuz, look, I read the YouTube comments, even you jerks.
Go ahead and tell us what you're gonna see there.
[CROSSTALK] Okay so.
We asked you guys yesterday to use the hashtag TDfilmVR to tell us which upcoming movie you want a VR experience from and what would it be.
Oh that should be good.
There's some good ones.
So Frank wrote in and said.
Pandora's meant to be explored using the Rift.
Paused the film and explored the surrounding.
#Avatar 2 That's a good one.
That is completely possible.
Yeah, the way they filmed it.
He filmed it in a very VR way.
He created this technology in which he has this tablet thing, and they build the entire Pandora world And he's able to use the camera as if he's looking through the world and film it like that.
I did a behind the scenes experience with James Cameron.
And he showed that technology off, and I was just like this is the future, and then they haven't used it since.
Maybe he owns it, maybe he owns that technology, he's the only one who can use it.
But now they have to use just
Flip the switch and now you're in that world so.
There you go.
Will wrote in.
Said a flyover of the city as the monsters from pixels as they destroy everything.
So there you go.
[NOISE] Fly over the city it's good.
Now she's gonna go see Pixel.
I knew you'd like that.
I'm not proud, I'm not proud of the fact that I defended it in any way.
But I'm trying to make a very thin point,
That's going to fall apart.
After the box office.
Rick writes in and says a VR
Experience for upcoming Sherlock Victorian special where you help Sherlock find clues to a case.
I like that.
It's like, you know those hidden object games where you have to find stuff and solve puzzles and things like that?
Like that'd be pretty cool.
Honestly, like the seventh guest or the eleventh hour.
It's like a VR game.
So a scary one?
I don't know that.
It was one of the old Trilobyte games.
It was like games where you would Kind of go, and you solve these puzzles, and it was a real creepy house, and, oh, man.
So, so, so, so good.
Yeah, you're very morbid.
Yeah, deep cuts, guys.
You get gaming deep cuts from me all the time.
Troll Trilobyte games.
Welcome to 1992.
And, then, Jesus wrote in and said, it'd be cool to do a VR tour of the GQ-tastic Batcave of Bats versus Supes including a Batwing and Batcave joyride.
That definitely also seems like it could happen.
I think that's a good one.
The bat cave door?
I feel like WB is in touch enough to kind of do something like that.
Yeah, I definitely think so.
Warner Brothers seems like the kind of company that might take a risk.
But yeah, so really good-
Also, I still like that guy's idea from yesterday about having a date with Harley Quinn.
That one guy?
Always thought it was my idea.
Yeah, that was definitely, what was his name?
It rhymed with Khail Anonymous?
It rhymed with-
It rhymed with Khail Anonymous.
Sounds close but it doesnt sound familiar.
Sounds like Khail Anonymous.
All right anyway, that's time for our last [UNKNOWN] feedback.
Which as always, our phonetographer of the day.
So we got a picture from Andy.
And this is something different than what we normally show.
Usually we have landscape pictures.
Well this flips it all around and we have a portrait.
This is a really good portrait picture.
So Andy wrote in and sends this lovely picture.
And said hi guys.
I took this picture last night of my husband, and thought it turned out really well.
I took with my iPhone 6+, love the show keep up the great work.
Thanks Andy, that's a great picture.
That looks like it could be in an art gallery.
You need that on our billboard shot by iPhone.
Stop watching tomorrow daily, and go get famous as a photographer!
Yeah, geez Andy, what are you doing with your life!
Yeah, it's a really good picture.
I love the lighting, [CROSSTALK] I love the shadow.
And it's one of those ones where you can kind of take your own meaning from it, you know.
It's like a Rorschach test.
What do you see in that face?
What do you see in that person?
Look at how well the camera picks up the skin.
I saw it this morning, and I was just like, okay, wow.
That's wow factor.
It's really good.
If you wanna try to beat that, Or if you have your own amazing [INAUDIBLE] you want to send to us you can e-mail us at email@example.com or you can find us on social media where tomorrow daily on twitter, but really if you want to strike up a conversation with the show, you want to come to us individually.
Yeah, come to us individually, and if you have any conversations you want to have about pixels you can hit up @Ashley at @ashleyesqueda or you can hit up me
Pixel conversations only.
At pixel [CROSSTALK]
Pixel conversations only.
We don't talk to Kell about anything else.
Unless your Margot Robbie and you would like to go on a date.
In which case please.
Contact me and I will figure that out for Kell.
Oh man that would be amazing if you set me up on a [CROSSTALK]
I'll be your wing man Kell.
I'm an excellent wing an.
[INAUDIBLE] I just want to say.
All right on that note our friends.
That is the end of the show.
We will be back tomorrow with a brand new docket of weird, wonderful science fact and science fiction blowing up your face and doing all sorts of great thing.
But until Well then, be good humans and we'll see you next time.