Posts Tagged ‘hype’

Tesla Robot Taxis?

April 29, 2019

Tesla Robot Taxis?

Elon Musk must feel sorry for those exploited, underpaid Uber drivers. He wants to replace them with self-driving robot taxis. By next year.

“I feel very confident predicting 1 million autonomous robo-taxis for Tesla next year. Not in all jurisdictions because we won’t have regulatory approval everywhere, but I’m confident we will have regulatory approval at least somewhere, literally next year.”

— “Elon Musk says Tesla will have 1 million autonomous taxis on the road by next year,” Michael Burke, The Hill


“Elon Musk thinks Tesla can build 1M ‘robotaxis’ in the next year,” Cale Guthre Weissman, Fast Company

“Tesla’s 2020 self-driving car promise sounds too good to be true because it is,” Emily Stewart, Recode


“Tesla’s long-shot robotaxi plan,” Joann Muller, Axios


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Apple Watch

September 10, 2014

Apple Watch

Apple Inc.introduced a new product on Tuesday. It’s the Apple Watch, and will cost you $350. It straps to your wrist. It can tell time, like a $10 Kmart watch, but only when your iPhone is working.


“Apple Unveils Smartwatch, Its First New Product in 4 Years,” Alistair Barr, Wall Street Journal

“Apple unveils smartwatch, bets on wearable devices,” AP via Washington Post

“The Apple Watch Is Here And Another Tech Hype Cycle Commences,” Elise Hu, NPR

“5 reasons Apple Watch won’t scare Swiss watch industry,” Teresa Novellino, Upstart Business Journal

“Deconstructing The Apple Watch, As A Watch,” Johan Schloemann, Süddeutsche Zeitung via Worldcrunch


Super Bowl Stories You May Have Missed

February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Stories You May Have Missed

“In Brutal Contest of Strength and Strategy, a Culture Is Revealed,” Joshua Keating, Slate

“Company Attempts World Record For Largest Mozzarella Football,” CBSNewYork

“Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Coincide for 1st Time,” AP via ABC News

“8 NFL Facts That Will Piss You Off During The Super Bowl,” Nic Halverson, Discovery News

“Pot Will See Sales Spike For Super Bowl, Just Like Pizza,”  Sean Gregory,

“How Your Pizza Delivery Guy Is Getting Stiffed This Super Bowl,” Dave Jamieson, Huffington Post

“An Advertising Legend Rates 2014’s Top Super Bowl Commercials (And One Instant Classic You Won’t See On Sunday),” Allen St. John, Forbes 

“The Best Super Bowl Drinking Games 2014,” Christopher Zara, International Business Times


Super Bowl Stories You May Have Missed

February 3, 2013

Super Bowl Stories You May Have Missed

Super Bowl stories you may have missed:

“What Happens to the Losing Team’s Championship Shirts?” Matt Soniak, Mental Floss

“This Year’s Super Bowl Will Be Gayer Than Last Year’s,” Rich Juzwiak, Gawker

“Astronauts Will Watch Super Bowl from Space,” Tariq Malik, via Discovery News

“Remembering Up With People: The Gayish Quasi-Cult That Invented The Super Bowl Halftime Show,” Jonathan Mahler, Deadspin

“Ray Lewis Isn’t the Only One Bringing Religion to Super Bowl Sunday,” Joanna Brooks, Religion Dispatches

“This Year’s Illuminati-Super Bowl Connection is More Sinister Than Ever,” Mallory Ortberg, Gawker

“Keep These Food Safety Tips In Mind While Serving Snacks On Super Bowl Sunday,” Mary Beth Quirk, Consumerist

“The Brutal Physics of Football,” Ainissa Ramirez, Big Think


Lance Armstrong’s New Charity: Oprah’s Cable Network

January 17, 2013

Lance Armstrong's New Charity: Oprah's Cable Network
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong was forced to abandon his Livestrong foundation, but he seems to have found a new pet charity: Oprah Winfrey’s money-losing OWN video venture. OWN has been bleeding money at an alarming gush, over $300 million as of last May. Oprah’s exclusive Armstrong interview will be a powerful shot in the arm, and the Queen of Confessions is hyping it for all it’s worth.

As for the interview subject himself, here’s the best take:

“Lance Armstrong Admits To Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs To Show Remorse,” The Onion