'Social Shot' creates custom cocktail from your Facebook data (Tomorrow Daily 269)Ashley discusses a Minecraft server made for teaching biochemistry concepts, MIT's crowdfunding effort for an at-home lab made for growing cells and a special cart that can parse your social media profile into a personalized shot of booze.
[MUSIC] Greeting citizens of the Internet, welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe. I hope you enjoyed Jeff Cannata hosting the show yesterday. He's going to be back again this week, but for now, let's hear the headlines. [MUSIC] Minecraft Is literally a world full of infinite possibilities and a pair of researchers are using that to their advantage to teach kids biochemistry. Mark [UNKNOWN] and Joel Mills recently launched Molcraft. That's short for molecules and Minecraft and it's a server dedicated to educated kids about molecular structures and how they form proteins. In an interview on Vice's motherboard the creator explained that they used to use Powerpoint presentations to teach kids but they actually realized they could grab kids' attention much better through Minecraft. Huh, imagine that, getting kids' attention through video Video games, much easier than a PowerPoint presentation. Although the way the server works is there are large models of molecules scattered around the world and a scavenger hunt guides players around teaching them about each structure through clues and other objects. Going forward, [UNKNOWN] and [UNKNOWN] hope to add more and more complex levels to the server, and the University of [UNKNOWN] has a website with information on how to access the server itself. Also, this would look super cool if you experienced it through HoloLens, right? Amazing. All right, so yesterday, Jeff talked about MIT and their living bioscan, and today I'm gonna talk about MIT and their take-home biolab. We've all had dreams of genetic engineering from the comfort of our own home haven't we? Okay, well maybe we haven't but MIT's media lab is hoping to make that dream come true for the people who have had that dream with Amino, their at home bio lab for growing In a controlled environment. It's not unlike the [UNKNOWN] actually in that's its founder wanted to create a fun, easy way for people to experience synthetic biology. It's a countertop bio-reactor that allows users to run amino Which combine DNA programs and grows liquid. It automates more difficult processes and helps people learn by doing. If you wanna run a different app, you can as amino allow users to run a cleaning cycle between programs. Making it easy to change up your experiment. By democratizing scientific processes usually can find a professional lab MIT hopes Amino will help pave the way for anyone to help problem solve using synthetic biology when it's relevant. This is actually a crowdfunding campaign over on Indiegogo, but they're already funded beyond their goal and there aren't too many first edition runs left in the campaign itself. So I figured I'd mention it just in case a lab or a school or you wanted to get in on it. It's up to you guys. Let me know if you get one though cuz it looks kind of awesome. All right everybody who is of legal drinking age in your country get out your favorite liquor and if you're not of legal drinking age get out your favorite juice because there's a robot bartender that's gonna make a custom shot based on your personality. Social Shot is a project featuring a mobile cart with a robot bartender on board. Five ingredients representing personality traits hang up on top of the cart. Those are, openness Conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. Here's where it gets weird, if that wasn't weird enough already. A user can log into their Facebook profile via a terminal that is right there on the cart and then the terminal collects data from that person's Facebook profile and determines their personality through an algorithm that analyzes the users likes. After all the data gets crunched, the robotic bar keep puts together those five different ingredients into a custom shot based on your very own personality. Fun, unless you're totally, 100% neurotic in which case, it's all going to be one ingredient. It's just going to be solid liquor. And honestly, if this team finds their way to Vegas for CES I am totally, right now, officially inviting them to our show So that we can test out Social Shots on Tomorrow Daily, cuz honestly, it seems like it'd be pretty fun. Okay guys, it's Tuesday. Let's check out what's gonna empty our wallets this week. [MUSIC] This week new releases Of course, again, some great video games coming out. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is available this week. Obviously it's a continuation of one of the best selling video games of all time, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. There's gonna be all kinds of different modes. People are pretty excited about this. Actually looks It's really, really good and I'm sure any of you who like shooting man games will enjoy it. And then on the other side of video gaming from shooting at people to driving around with them, Need for Speed is out this week for the PlayStation 4, XBox One and PC. So, if you Really have a Need for Speed? Game's available for you. Go for it. Have a great time. If you find yourself heading to the cinema this weekend, make sure you check out maybe Spectre. If you're in the mood for a little James Bond action, this is Daniel Craig's very last forte as the titular British spy. But if you're not in the mood for Spector you want something a little bit more fun you can head over and check out The Peanuts Movie which apparently is getting pretty good notices as far as I've seen. But that's it for your new releases. Let's check out our phonetographer of the day. [MUSIC] This This week's phonetographer is Yianni. At least that's how he said he pronounces his name. So, I'm going to trust you on this one Yianni. That's what you wrote in your e-mail. He took this picture with his iPod Touch 5th Gen. He says, hey guys. My name is Yianni and this is a photo Photo I took with my old iPod touch 5. It isn't a phone but it is an awesome photo. This was taken at Red Cliff Lodge in Moab, Utah of a morning sunrise. I have an iPhone 4s and will hopefully get an iPhone 6s for Christmas. Of course you have permission to use my photo on the show because it would be stupid if I sent in this photo and not give you permission. Keep up the [UNKNOWN] of the show. I really love it and enjoy listening to it on the bus ride to school every morning. I hope I see it on the show! Thanks. Well Yiaki there it is, your picture right there on tomorrow daily. Congratulations and also I think you have a Silent K in your name that's out to get you, so you should really keep an eye on that. 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