This week, Elon Musk tweeted a picture of a humanoid-looking robot, that he says Tesla will be building starting next year, with the eye towards using them for constructing his Boring Company hyperloop tunnels. Leo isn't so sure that will happen. Although Boston Dynamics has been working for ten years on a robot that can now practically run like a parkour athlete, this kind of sophistication takes time. So we won't be seeing robots on construction sites any time soon. And he doesn't think we're on the verge of Cylons either.
Janen is looking to change careers, and wants to go into something more tech related. What will be the next biggest thing in technology in the next 10 to 15 years? Leo says that both robotics and biotech is going to be huge. Virtual reality is about to explode as well. Even app development has a lot of promise, even though most of the money is made by a small segment. Learning to code is really going to serve Janen well. The chatroom says that battery technology is great for those material engineers.
Quartz published an article this week declaring that 2013 was a terrible year for technology and that innovation was albeit over. Leo doesn't agree, though. First, the story of Edward Snowden blowing the whistle of how prevalent the NSA's eavesdropping on Americans was a huge story in technology. Google's Project Glass was an interesting story that may be the beginning of wearable computing.
Google bought robotics company Boston Dynamics this week. This is the company that makes the Cheetah robot that can outrun Usain Bolt.
Google Acquires Robotics-Design Company Boston Dynamics (Mashable)…
Kyle just discovered Lego's next generation of robotics toys called the EV3 (or Evolution 3). They include gyro sensors, range finders, and drag and drop programming. They're very cool and Kyle is using them to teach science, technology, engineering and robotics to kids, even as young as 5 years old at his Mathobotics after school program.