Boston Dynamics’ Evil-Looking Robots Now Run, Jump, and Climb

Remember Boston Dynamics and their terrifying robot dog that could open doors? It wasn’t enough that this creation literally inspired the very violent Black Mirror “Metalhead” episode: the company is still flirting with the robot apocalypse, as its its newest developments demonstrate. 

In one 34-second clip posted to the company's YouTube page yesterday, Boston Dynamics unveiled new updates to their humanoid robot named Atlas. It can now jog and jump over obstacles, besides being able to lift objects as heavy as 10 lbs and open doors. 

Another new robot, the SpotMini, which looks like a dog, has an updated version, too. Now, it can walk by itself using autonomous navigation, walking up and down stairs. 

The company, which is owed by Japan’s SoftBak group, clearly thinks this an innovative technological feat. As explained on the company’s website, “Atlas’ control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace.” Additionally, the robot is able to “manipulate objects in its environment… travel on rough terrain… [and keep] its balance when jostled or pushed and can get up if it tips over.”

Okay, I’ll concede that is indeed a technological advancement. With that said, the question remains: why is no one at Boston Dynamics as worried as the rest of the internet? These two new robots are unsettling. We already have artificial intelligence sending e-mails and making phone calls for us and robot citizens—and now autonomous robots who can avoid obstacles? I mean, has no one watched The Terminator

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Instant ramen is one of the world’s most ubiquitous cheap eats. But which international noodle brand reigns supreme? To help Sean Evans unpack the increasingly intricate world of mass-market noodle bowls, he’s enlisted the help of Andrew and David Fung, the stars of the wildly popular YouTube channel Fung Bros. While taste-testing noodles from across East Asian, Sean, Andrew, and David slurp up instant soba from Japan before sampling Samyang’s hot chicken flavor ramen—a dish made famous by last year’s viral “Korean Fire Noodle Challenge.” Finally, the guys taste-test Ichiran’s ultra-luxe ramen kit before stepping into the Japanese chain’s legendary solo dining booths. Does complete isolation really enhance the noodle-slurping experience? Is it ever worth dropping $39 on a three-pack of instant ramen? Is the Fire Noodle Challenge really all it’s cracked up to be? Find out the answers to these important questions—and more!—on an all new episode of Sean in the Wild. 

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YouTube Red Wants Logan Paul’s Brother to Host a Talk Show For Some Reason

In this week's edition of things we never asked for, Jake Paul is apparently working on the development of a talk show with YouTube Red. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is projected to have the feel of a late-night variety show, even though YouTube Red does not have programming blocks.

YouTube spokeswoman confirmed the project on Thursday. She said in a statement, “Last year, we engaged in early development deals with a handful of YouTube creators as part of our normal process to evaluate new creative ideas. There is no series order currently in place.” 

The series, which has not yet received a title, will be produced by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens' Propagate Content with Five All in the Fifth Entertainment and Douglas Banker executive producing. The pilot, which could be shot as early as May, will be executive produced by Gavin Purcell, the showrunner of I Love You, America, Sarah Silverman's Hulu talk show. Paul, 21, is set to host and executive produce the show.

Paul rose to some level of fame through his Vine (RIP) videos. He now has over 14 million YouTube subscribers. The vlogger posts videos of himself with his squad “Team 10” and his equally moronic brother Logan, who are “are always making comedy vids, acting, doing action sports, and going on crazy adventures,” according to his Youtube page.

Logan Paul recently posted a video of himself exploring Japan's Aokigahara forest which included the blurred out image of a suicide victim. YouTube removed Logan from its top advertising tier and indefinitely suspended all original projects with him. Logan said he would donate $1 million to suicide prevention.

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“I told him I really wanted to work on the Vandal and how much that [sneaker] represented my personal style,” he says. “Fraser immediately was like, ‘Let’s do it. I love the Vandal.’” Elliott pauses, his eyes widening with excitement as if he’s back in that exact moment. He’s still amazed that Cooke, who has orchestrated some of the company’s most successful campaigns and collaborations, was on board. “I was like, ‘Really? OK.’”

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KAWS went from a skater kid doing graffiti around New York City to illustrating the beloved animated series Doug to creating instantly recognizable pop art that gained visibility the world over. The artist, painter, designer and toymaker details how he linked with Nigo and Pharrell in Japan, collaborated with Jordan and Uniqlo for sold-out capsules, and created motifs that elevated fine art into the cultural zeitgeist.

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Eric Koston is one of the best professional skateboarders of all time and he’s also the biggest sneakerhead in his industry. He recently joined Complex’s Joe La Puma to go Sneaker Shopping at Flight Club in Los Angeles and talked about his two decades of having a signature shoe and shared a deep knowledge of footwear.

In the episode, Koston shares how he feel in love with the Air Jordan 1 during a visit to Japan in 1994 and remembers looking up to skaters who wore the sneaker back in the day. He also explains how he convinced eS to copy the Air Jordan XII for one of his signature sneakers. Koston talks about how he signed with Nike SB in 2009 after being a long-time fan of the brand and what it was like to have a collaboration with Kobe Bryant. During the shoot, Koston goes on about his love for Supreme and what makes the brand’s Nike collaborations special and how Virgil Abloh wanted him to skate in the Off-White Blazers. He ends up spending almost $2,000 on the Kaws x Air Jordan IVs and the Nike Flyknit Trainers.

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It Sounds Like Kanye West and Kid Cudi Have a Secret Project in the Works

Rare good news alert.

Kanye West and Kid Cudi are reportedly working on a “top-secret project” together. At least, that's what this report from Page Six would have us believe. In an article that confusingly refuses to name Cudi in the headline (opting instead for “ex-protégé”), sources let loose what they (allegedly!) know about the collaboration.

“[Kanye West and Kid Cudi are] going to drop some crazy collaboration out of the blue,” one source claimed. “They're going to drop some surprise project on everybody. They're recording it now.” According to an insider, “nobody knows what it is” and the artists are keeping the creative process minimal. The alleged recording setup is just West, Cudi, and an engineer.

The report adds that sessions have taken place in Japan, where the two were spotted earlier this month paying Graduation cover artist Takashi Murakami a visit at his studio.

 

Long time no see @kidcudi and #kanyewest. Thank you for coming to my studio. It was fire 🔥🔥🔥

A post shared by Takashi Murakami (@takashipom) on Aug 11, 2017 at 3:41am PDT

Takashi previously teased a “project that I can not say yet” with an Instagrammed photo gallery. The mystery project was teased with images of nude art, a guitar case, and a Marshall half stack:

 

A post shared by Takashi Murakami (@takashipom) on Aug 10, 2017 at 4:16pm PDT

Fans have been sharing photos of the 808s & Heartbreak collaborators out and about in Tokyo:

 

칸예실사 👅

A post shared by 정 민수 (@carborfiber) on Aug 11, 2017 at 11:25pm PDT

 

A post shared by TeamKanyeDaily (@teamkanyedaily) on Aug 12, 2017 at 11:07pm PDT

West and Cudi were also seen last month at a Los Angeles-area recording studio with Plain Pat, a name any self-respecting fan will know means something great is almost certainly afoot.

Cudi surprised us all this week with the announcement of his Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin' Tour. The 25-date trek, which includes a spot on Tyler, the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles, kicks off Sept. 30 at Philadelphia's Skyline Stage at the Mann.

In a perfect world, West would pop in during the Flog Gnaw set to run through this underrated collab:

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Here’s Why People Think Drake Is Opening a New Restaurant in Toronto (UPDATE)

UPDATED 3:21 p.m. ET: It sounds like Drake might be out here diversifying his investments. 

Images showing an advertisement for what looks like a restaurant/sports bar named Pick 6 with the OVO insignia​ over it have appeared in Toronto's financial district. Pick 6's location used to house the Houston Bar and Grill. There hasn't been an official announcement or confirmation from Drake or his camp that whatever that is opening will in fact be a restaurant. But, it does seem like it's a good guess. 

 

#working #pick6 #dukester #nuffsaid #believethat @chubbsview

A post shared by @georgecigardukes on Aug 13, 2017 at 6:32pm PDT

This wouldn't be the first time Drake has been connected to the restaurant business. Back in 2015 Drake came up with the name for chef Susur Lee’s upscale comfort food eatery Fring's in Downtown Toronto. He even DJ'ed for the opening party, which was attended by high profile guests such as Serena Williams, Jaden Smith, and his mother Jada Pinkett.  

Drake is also investing in the green tea company called MatchaBar. The company, which is partnering with Whole Foods for distribution, is having its ingredients sourced from a family farm in Nishio, Japan. Matcha is a type of green tea leaf that is finely ground into a powder and contains a decent-sized dose of caffeine. 

Shortly after these rumors started taking off, a source close to the situation confirmed to Complex that claims of a new restaurant are simply not true.

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