Tomorrow Daily 105: Scary snake-bots, 'The Interview' release, animated ancient art and more
On today's show, scientists figured how to make a robot even more terrifying by giving it robot snake legs.
The Interview will be available to view this Christmas, and we're gonna tell you how to see it.
And a group of animators is bringing really old, ancient artifacts to life, and it's awesome.
There it is.
Greetings, citizens of the Internet.
Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe.
I'm your host, Ashley Esqueda.
Joining me, as always.
It's almost Christmas!
You're gettin, you're getting jacked on Christmas time right now.
Let's hope I get a lot of cool stuff.
Well you already bought it all for yourself, right?
Yeah, ha, I, I said I wanted a raspberry pie, I want an iPhone Six Plus,
I, yeah, I want a lot of electronics.
There's like a whole bunch of lists up on CNET's like channel,
And you're like, I'll take that and that and,
And I was watching them and I'm like, oh no, there's no way I'm gonna get all.
But, then, then we have CES coming up.
[APPLAUSE] Don't forget everybody, [CROSSTALK] we got CES coming.
Christmas two for those of us in the technology.
Nerdverse that's like second Christmas cuz we get to see all the cool stuff we can't take.
But, but here's the problem, we can't take any of it home.
Oh, oh, real quick before we get to stories.
There's been a story.
Do we need to myth bust?
So, there's, in, in case you haven't noticed, there's been this huge, this story that's been circulating.
You know how it works with Facebook and.
And Buzzfeed, a story that seems a little too good to be true.
Can you tell us a little bit about this, Ashley?
So, there's a rumor happening that says that there's going to be this planetary alignment on January 5th and that you're gonna, it's just gonna mess with the Earth's gravity and that you're going to be able to jump.
And stay in the air for three seconds instead of the regular.
which, you know, is insane.
And guys, it that's, nope, debunked.
So, there you go.
No, is the answer.
> You can, you can go to Snopes.com and they'll give you all the information.
But if you're ever.
Because this was previously reported.
Yeah, April 4th of this year, they said it was going to happen and then, you know, it didn't.
It's of course, cuz I think we would have all remembered the time where gravity came to a, came, lessened on the planet.
And then, and then again on January 5th, cuz they said, oh, no, no, it's, it's miscalculated.
It's January 5th of 2015 now.
It was like substantiated by like a NASA tweet that maybe somebody faked, or I don't know.
It might have been faked.
It's on [UNKNOWN].
Nope, not true, not accurate.
Don't try to jump over anybody on January 5th is what I'm saying.
But oh you might get hurt.
But either way, if you didn't know about this, It's kinda fun to see how people fake science stuff, and and then get people to, they'll be like, yay on January 4th let's all jump.
Just you know.
So, there you go.
2 seconds to reach Earth.
It's out of the way.
That's all we're saying.
Just, just wanted, just wanted to let the, the Tomorrow Daily people be smarter than [CROSSTALK]
Yeah yeah yeah.
Is what we're saying, and at your, at your holiday parties, and your New Year's Eve parties, if someone brings that up, you can be like.
You could be that guy or girl at the party.
Splash egg nog on their face.
Let's, okay, let's do it, let's do it.
let's go to the headlines.
I don't like this.
I don't like this.
I know you don't cuz you hate spiders.
So Kale is not a fan of the spider, and well.
You know, robot spiders are terrifying enough.
[LAUGH] You, you think.
And, this is, this is really interesting and, and I love this video.
So, this comes from the biorobotics lab at Carnegie Mellon University and they have this DARPA-funded robot and they gave it six.
It's a hexapod with six robot snake legs and you can see it's on a leash, but sure, checks out, see he pushes it with his foot.
And it can correct.
It's very good at correcting, being pushed or being moved.
it's, it's extremely versatile and extremely mobile.
It's very stable.
So the neat thing is, is that each each leg is its own sort of robot.
And so they're able to kind of operate, not necessarily 100% independently cuz they all have to work together, but they can each make their own decisions as to, like, what it needs to do to correct itself.
So you can watch it crawling over some debris here that they just threw on the ground and it does it, does it pretty well, which is is just a little bit scary.
You know, don't put a gatling gun on it is what I'm trying to say here.
Don't put any, or poison darts.
Just nothing that could maybe attack a person.
So yeah, they, they're saying that as, potentially, you know, maybe this could be used in the future for rescue robots.
To be able to go into.
Oh yeah, yeah.
For space exploration, I don't [CROSSTALK].
I mean, there's a lot of different things that they could use it for, and it's just that it's super fascinating way of putting a robot together, and I saw that video, and I was just like whoa, like that is, that is intense.
was just like, you know, we should add, we should add snake robot legs to this,
to this little robot.
I think it would go over really well.
Like, and it, and it did, but I'm scared.
I, I think the, the you know, the legs or whatever, the fact that it.
It, it can't be disturbed.
Like you can push it.
And they were kicking it.
Yeah, it would be able to really like correct itself.
There's a lot of articulation in each of those legs.
So really getting over like we were saying debris, or any kind of obstacle would be relatively easy for it compared to other robots.
So we've seen other robots kind of struggle.
But, yeah, this is pretty cool.
Cool though, yeah.
I like seeing the video.
I like seeing the guy like push it with his foot.
It just is like.
Where's your, your spider robot, probably.
Come at me bro.
So yeah, that's that's our scary spider robot.
I like it.
I actually like it.
I'm cool with it.
It, it only walks.
As long as it's not venomous.
It's not venomous.
And shows up in your shower.
That's pretty cool.
Okay, so here we go.
The Interview is, is.
Is definitely back on.
But in select theaters.
And on VOD.
And we don't know VOD yet.
They're saying that the V, yeah, they're not, they haven't said exactly what.
So, for those of you keeping up, Sony, decided a, just like a few, like a week ago that they weren't going to release.
They yanked it.
The Interview because of North Korea's threats.
Well, they decided, hey.
Allegedly North Korea.
Allegedly North Korea.
So, they decided, hey, we're gonna, we're gonna, hey, we, we're cool, we're gonna do it.
This is the quote that they have from the CEO of Sunday pictures, Michael Linton.
We have never given up on releasing The Interview.
I think, I think they did last week.
Yeah, they did.
And we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters.
On Christmas Day.
so, it'll apparently be offered, simultaneously on VOD.
Of course Seth Rogan had something to to say about it.
Should I try a Seth Rogan?
I think you should.
The people have spoken.
No this aint' good.
Freedom has prevailed.
Sony didn't give up.
The Interview will be shown at theaters.
Will, the, shown in theaters willing to play it on x-mas day.
So there you go.
You forgot the laugh.
Yeah, yeah, that was so fake.
And then James Franco said, victory, the people and president have spoken.
So there you go.
But he, but the president did speak and called him James Flaco.
So that was.
He did not.
Yeah you didn't see that?
When President Obama did, when he talked about Sony pulling The Interview.
When he talked about the Sony decision to pull The Interview.
He's like, you know, I prepared Seth Rogan and James Flaco.
It was the greatest.
So, I'm, I'm interested to see.
I'm interested to see how many theaters, cuz I, we haven't received a full release on it.
I think right now they said it's like 200, but they said there might be more.
They're talking to more theaters.
But it will be available I know the Alamo draft house.
Is is definitely showing it.
Of course, yeah.
So if you're in Austin, you'll be able to see that.
So I'm interested to see how many of you guys would watch it on VOD.
Like, like, let me, let me know in the comments and we'll, we'll find out, you know, we're gonna, we're gonna watch it.
And to clear up the air on this.
A lot of people have been asking us via email, like why aren't you guys covering the Sony hack.
And, I, I gotta tell you.
We are fully aware and, and are always like reading up on what's going on, but we also feel really uncomfortable about the fact that we denounce the iCloud hack as like this is a crime and the people should be held responsible and anybody who shares these pictures is not, not cool.
Like it's private data, like private data's private data, regardless of whether it's a bunch of d bags up in, up at Sony like making terrible jokes and just.
Being jerks, or people who, you know, it, it doesn't matter if you're a jerk or not, I mean your privacy's your privacy.
And they're a company.
And, I don't know.
I kinda gross about stuff like this.
I don't support the fact that the media used this to propel themselves.
A lot of sites, a lot of YouTube news channels.
It just feels kinda gross.
They all used it to kind of fuel their views.
And they wanted to drop every single little thing.
And I, and I wasn't supporting it.
There's a certain-
There were certain pieces of it.
That's an editorial choice.
That's an editorial choice and that's fine.
I'm not, I'm not into.
I'm not, we're not into it.
Like, I don't need to dig in-
We're here for a different-
Well, not only that.
We're here for a different reason.
We're here for a completely different reason.
We're here to give you.
We're here to kind of fuel your creativity.
That's why we're here.
We wanna create conversation.
We keep it positive.
And, yeah, well keep it positive, you know?
Keep it real.
So, you know.
Well, we just, you know, it's like, everyone else covers it.
We're, we're, we appreciate that you wanted us to talk about it.
We really, really do.
I, we do.
But, just so, FYI.
We have our thoughts, we have our opinions.
We'll tell 'em on Twitter, whatever.
But the show.
If you find us walking around and see, yes, you can ask us.
We'll tell you what we think.
But that's just generally.
Only for money.
Not for us to really talk about.
And also, like I don't really want to di, deep dive into these crazy email.
I've seen a lot of headlines about like oh, Angelina Jolie's like fighting with so and so.
Oh my God.
I don't, I don't, I don't want to deal with that.
Just let the dis, just the way it goes.
Just let it die.
Just let it die.
Let it go away.
So there you go.
Thank you for asking.
And on that note, here's story three.
Which I think is so cool.
Gotta bring it, very distracted today.
I know, Kale hasn't seen this video,
And I'm really excited to show it to him.
So, this is from an animator from Steve K. Simmons and an ancient Greek history expert named Sonya Nevin.
They work together to take ancient artworks on vases and other things.
In Greek, Greek culture and they animate them and bring them to life.
So check out this video.
That's an actual vase that they took and sc, I guess, scanned or, or re-created as an animation.
And they bring them to life.
And and show you, different, kind of just ways of, the, that they, the Greeks might have been, like, which is really cool.
And they, they have all kinds of different ones.
They have ancient Olympics.
They have, clash of the dicers which is what you're watching now.
This is, it's a dice game, you know, it's like something cool.
And then well wishers.
Every soldier which is kind of like a war sort of thing.
And then they have a few more.
And it's just really, really neat.
If you have any interest at all in ancient history, and that sort of thing, it's just really fun to watch.
And sort of see these images come to life.
The, via panoply's website.
Yeah, it's a fun way to get into the sort of art.
Cuz it's a very unique art form.
And it's maybe, maybe you have kids or, or a little brother or sister who might want to see something like this.
Like this is really fascinating to me.
How many are there?
I believe there's like, there's a few in each category.
They have a few animations in each category.
they, here this one's called the runners.
Oh, that's great.
They take, this is what, just a fragment, just a fragment of the art and they animate it which is.
So, so cool and I just thought that was super fascinating.
Yeah very neat.
And I liked the idea of this being sort of a future way of preserving history?
Like we have these like sort of animations of, of things that we've past that depict life.
I'm gonna, I'm gonna go ahead and say what somebody is already going to mention.
Yeah, it reminds me of Hercules.
Hercules animated movie.
With all the muses on the, on the vases.
But this is really, but this is a really a cool thing to do with history.
It's so creative.
Way to go.
It's so creative.
So you can go over to panoply.org.uk to check out everything.
And panoply is P A N O P L Y. So check that out.
It's super cool.
You are missing a lot of visuals on this show if you're just listening today.
Like there's the robot and also these animations are really, really neat so I suggest you check them out.
But on that note we're gonna take a quick break.
We'll be right back.
We have, a lot of new releases including The Interview obviously.
And it's our.
It's our last new releases of the year.
And then we, and then we have your user feedback and of course our phonetographer of the day.
So don't click away.
It's tomorrow daily.
Welcome back to the show.
We are, we are here.
It's our last Tuesday of the year that we'll be here.
I hope you guys are gonna miss us next week.
We'll be on vacation.
But you know, for now I think it's time to check out one of our favorite parts of the week.
Which is the, all the new releases.
So first up, as Kale mentioned, the Interview.
The interview will be in select theaters.
Woo, we did it!
I saw some people tweeting this morning saying, you know, even though it's coming out, it's still not showing in a theater within 100 miles of me.
So that might be the case for you, but if, even if it is,.
The likelihood of VOD, we're hearing rumors as of right now, as of the taping of this show, we're hearing rumors that Sony has been talking to VOD outlets to bring, to, and, and telling theaters they will be releasing it VOD the same day that it will be theatrically.
So hopefully you'll be able to see it.
They might as well.
I gotta say they, they must.
Because if only select theaters are going to release it
If it's only 200 theaters.
Yeah there's no point in that.
So there you go.
So, so there's that.
my, one of my favorite childhood frustrating, games, Duck Hunt, is now available for the Wii U virtual console.
You can now go,.
So how do you.
I think you just use.
I, well, I would imagine with the.
Get the Wii U.
The game pad maybe you could do it.
Or you tap on the duck.
Or you could do the, the.
Or the yeah.
The controller, yeah.
And you can aim angrily but ineffectively shoot at the dog.
Or if you're feeling like you really need vengeance from the dog that laughs at you, You can go over into Super Smash Bros.
and kick his face in.
Which makes me feel a lot better if I'm being honest.
Just really cathartic.
All those years, I finally am able to beat up the Duck Hunt dog.
And then I thought this was awesome.
So apparently, Temple Run VR is now available.
For free, for free, for the Samsung Gear VR.
So if you have a Note or a Note Edge.
A Note 4 or a Note Edge.
You are able to in first person, do Temple Run.
It looks great.
It looks really, really cool.
It looks really good.
It makes me wanna go get all those things and try it.
It's a lot of things.
It is a lot of things but it looks really neat and like I think a lot of people are going to be real excited about kind of this sort of thing.
Like we're going to start seeing kind of VR games hit app stores and different things like that.
So that, it's temple run VR, again it's free.
Just go pick it up.
And then in theatres as, just like the interview on Christmas day.
We are going to see big eyes which was not-
Yes, are you holding the CNET logo?
I appreciate that.
Big eyes is Tim Burton's newest flick.
It is a, based on a true story about Margret.
Keane who was the kind of creator of these paintings with, you know, kids with big eyes and all this stuff, and it became kind of this phenomenon.
It was kind of a kitschy sort of fad that caught on.
It was very, very popular.
And then but what happened was her husband at the time was a con man and took credit for all of her work, because it just said Keane.
So he took credit for it.
And Christoph Waltz plays.
Oh yeah you can't go wrong with Amy Adams or Christoph Waltz.
Yeah and it's just, it looks fun.
It looks interesting.
Like I'm curious about it.
I think it might be really good.
I know Tim Burton has kind of been a little uneven like over the last maybe ten years or so.
Yeah but a lot of people are saying that.
Big fish, this is like a big fish.
This seems more like a big fish as opposed to you know, kind of whimsical Alice in Wonderland or Charlie and the chocolate factory.
I was on the, I was one of maybe two people on the planet that was on the fence about this movie.
Everybody seems pretty excited.
Finish it them.
But you convinced me that it's an interesting story.
It's based on a true story and one of the, one of my favorite things about this movie, a little little like tidbit that I read, which is true.
Is there's a, there's a courtroom theme, so obviously they have to go to court to like, work all this stuff out.
And that happened in real life as well, and apparently it was so over the top, the real life courtroom situation, that when they were filming the courtroom situation, Tim Burton asked Christoph Waltz to like, to tone it down.
And they were just like, and the writers were like no, no, it was even worse than what we wrote in the script.
Like it was even crazier.
Then what we wrote.
So, it, like, I highly recommend looking at the story anyway and if you see it like you can sort of check out like what the.
What the creative liberties were with the story.
I'm interested now.
But I find that very interesting.
I'm interested now.
And then, and then lastly next week, A Most Violent Year is going to hit theaters.
This is Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain.
Really good, and really kind of dark and gritty.
Good thing that didn't come out on Christmas.
I think this is a really good New Year's movie.
really, really fantastic.
It just looks good.
I love Jessica Chastain.
Obviously, Oscar Isaac is in the new Star Wars film, if you're, if you're into IMDB.
But I like Oscar Isaac a lot.
He was great in the Coen Brothers flick.
What's that one?
Inside Llewyn Davis.
He was the lead in that movie and he was so good in it.
And of course Jessica Chastain is fantastic.
And also Halo 5 multiplayer beta is going to start sometime in the next week or so.
On Xbox One.
I didn't put that in the notes but I just remembered it right now.
Gotta get on that somehow.
I don't know.
I get it.
Well, you're not, come over, you come over.
Come over to my house and we'll, we'll play, Halo 5.
Oh, yeah, that'd be fun.
We really could.
You, you're in it?
You're in the beta?
I don't know.
I'm sure I could try.
Do you have to sign up?
Do you have to do something?
I don't know.
I don't know how that works.
I, you just gotta have friends.
Stay on it mom.
They have friends that at-
Friends in high places, not low places.
Okay well on that note let's hit up your user feedback.
So first up I have something to let you know, we actually got either a tweet or an email from somebody and I am a terrible person and I didn't write it down.
> Of course, yeah.
But they said a lot of the trash you would burn off in the atmosphere on re-entry.
So maybe they would like throw it back.
Throw it back at Earth.
And then let it burn up.
Well that's interesting.
I thought it was a really good-
Yeah it was a really good idea.
So, we asked you guys to use the hashtag TDTrash and tell us, what you'd want to see floating around in the sky.
Or what we'd be cleaning up in any sci fi universe.
You guys came up with some good ones.
Sean wrote to us and said, the lost Tomorrow Daily blooper reel.
Somehow, is floating above our heads.
You're never gonna see it.
Never gonna see.
We were not, we were not in that blooper reel,.
No, we're not.
George wrote to us and said, I agree with Kale and said Luke Skywalker's right hand.
Wouldn't that be awesome?
It would be so weird.
Tony wrote to us.
Toni Roach says.
Yes, like hey guys.
Just thumbs up.
[INAUDIBLE] Chewbacca says what happens in space stays in space.
[LAUGH] Well, he would.
Which made me laugh.
That was really funny.
That was good.
And then Matt [UNKNOWN] said we may find a white round object with a glowing orange eye that seems to be very interested in.
Space.>>Do you know what that's from?
Because I needed about ten seconds.
To think about it.
Gotta go to space.
It's from Portal two.
Everybody's favorite, everybody's favorite robot.
I, I don't want to give anything away.
Gotta go to space.
Gotta go to space.
So yeah, I love the Wheatley reference.
That was delightful.
Your hashtag of the day today.
We are actually going to, it's going to take a couple weeks.
Or actually no it's tomorrow.
[LAUGH] That's tomorrow's hashtag.
It's tomorrow's hashtag.
I'm getting ahead of myself.
We want to hear from you guys.
What's your favorite tech stories?
What is your favorite.
Pop culture stuff, what is your favorite video game of the year we wanna know what your choices are.
I am very interested to hear what their favorite stories were.
[CROSSTALK] I even had to do a lot of research but honestly, it's going to be whatever one surfaces on your brain that you maybe told other people.
Or that made you look up other things.
Or that you got really excited about.
I'm not going to spoil mine.
I won't spoil mine either.
But I have kind of a theme on mine, so.
Mine was one singular event.
I think it was good.
It could be like, you know, anything that happened with NASA.
It can be any of the future tech.
It could be something that somebody printed out.
It could be the toilet expedition in Tokyo.
Whatever you want, it's totally fine.
You weren't here for that.
That was one of our earliest shows.
There was an exhibition in Japan about the toilet.
The history of the toilet.
And part of it was, there was a 15 foot tall toilet.
You walk into a room and there's a giant toilet, and then you picked up a little hat.
And it was a poop.
And you put it on your head and then there was a slide.
You slid under the toilet and you could learn about plumbing and stuff.
Could you say Japan?
Could you say Japan?
Of course it was.
But really it was extremely enlightening.
For a lot of people who went there and learned about the history of the toilet.
So anyway, #TVbestof2014, that's your hashtag.
Do that, do that up and let's talk about our very last piece of user feedback.
Which is of course.
Your user feedback.
No our phonetographer of the day.
This is from Sean S. He took this of his Galaxy S5.
What is that?
Okay, so he explains.
He says hi guys, big fan of the show.
Have been supporting it since day one.
I haven't submitted any photos to be featured on the show as I didn't think I had any photos worth sharing.
I found this photo.
That being said, I recently found this photo that I took.
Oh, I'm sorry!
A Nexus 5. We'll correct that.
It was taken on 11-11-14 at the Tower of London, 888,246 ceramic poppies flooded the tower in order to remember the soldiers who lost their lives in the great war over 100 years ago.
It was a truly humbling experience.
I wish both and all of the behind the scenes crew a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
I've never seen an image of this.
How gorgeous is that?
I've been to the tower.
And I, I loved it.
It was amazing.
But I've never seen, I hadn't seen it like this.
So I, I knew, I think I saw some pictures on, on social media of people taking photos of this.
But not at night like this.
And that is.
And what a great memorial.
Like what a beautiful, sort of poignant way to honor those who, you know, fought in that war.
Yeah, that's for sharing that.
That's very neat.
You know, a little bit of history.
You're definitely Khail's new favorite.
You are my favorite.
People are now emailing saying they're, they're hoping I, that.
They're my favorite.
And I think that's pretty awesome.
Because they're, because I'm tougher to impress.
Kale's, Kale's an easy date.
All you have to do is.
Just show him any phonetography, and he's like, that's my favorite.
No all you have to do is be like, hey, by the way, great, I love the show.
Also, love point-click adventures.
Not at all.
And then you'd be like, oh, you're my favorite.
That's not true.
Love, the little Italian greyhounds.
If you send a picture of Italian greyhounds, that'd be my favorite.
Cuz I love Italian greyhounds.
Then you should re, someone should Photoshop our heads and replace them with Italian greyhound heads.
So maybe I'll wait for someone [UNKNOWN].
My dog is an Italian greyhound, and, and I'm sorry Jenna Marbles, but I had an Italian greyhound first.
She has Kermit and Marbles.
And both of my dogs are an Italian greyhound and a chihuahua.
So everyone always goes "oh, you got them because Jenna Marbles has them."
And I'm like no, my dogs are older than her dogs.
I've had them for longer.
Let's shut her down.
I just decided not to exploit them on social media until I realized how cute Bailey was then I just
Your dog's not a sell out.
So that's cool.
He's not, no.
Bailey is a total sell out.
Oh, he is a [LAUGH]
Chilly Willy maybe not so much.
He's keeping it real.
But yeah those two are.
He's, he's super underground.
But yeah, so that's our phonetographer of the day.
Sorry about the mix up on the Galaxy S5, Nexus 5 thing.
We'll fix it and post.
If you guys want to submit your phonetography to be considered for CES.
Cuz that's the next time you might see us.
So you're going to be stage at CES.
On stage live at CES.
Let's see what you got.
Feel free to email us tomorrow at CNet.com.
Bring your A game.
Bring your A.
Plus plus plus game.
Make it good.
Too many plusses.
No it's not nearly enough.
And if you want to send us your user feedback, you can do that via email.
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We're Tomorrowdaily on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and TomorrowDailyTV over on Google plus.
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Subscribe on YouTube and give a like for Ashley [LAUGH] and then leave a comment for me.
Cause i'm gonna-
Make a thumbs up like Luke's severed hand in space.
And also if you're listening, thanks for listening.
I actually, I, I, that's a fun thing to do.
I actually did that the other day.
Listened to it?
Yeah, but I talked back to me and told me I was dumb.
But anyway so don't forget to rate and I don't.
I don't know, like should we be followed.
Write reviews, iTunes and all that stuff.
Do all, all the things.
If you want to find us individually on twitter, you can do that too, I'm at @AshleyEsqueda.
And I'm @kellnonymous.
And that's it for the show.
We're going to be back tomorrow with our best of 2014.
Just our own personal opinions as to what the coolest stuff of the year.
Yeah, yeah, it'll be friend.
And you guys of course, TDBestof2014's your hashtag.
But until tomorrow.
Vegan humans, we'll see you next time.
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