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Chevrolet FNR

Here's another look at the Chevrolet FNR, a futuristic concept vehicle with a capsule design. What sets this apart from other self-driving cars are its "Dragonfly" dual-swing doors that enable most of the bodywork to peel away like armor. It uses integrated sensors, along with a roof-mounted radar unit, for autonomous operation, and it can even suggest alternate routes when a human helms the controls. In self-driving mode, the front seats are capable of swiveling 180° to face the rear seats. Continue reading for another video. Click here to view more images of the FNR.

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AI Super Mario World

We have seen the future, and artificial intelligence takes over. MarI/O, created by gamer Seth Bling, is just the tip of the iceberg. This AI had no idea how to play the game at first, but after some simple parameters were set in the form of "fitness" levels, it was incentivized to continue trying new ideas. You read that right, each level used new ideas, and it remembers what worked, while discarding its mistakes. After 34 steps, using NeuroEvolution of Augmenting Topologies, MarI/O figured out that jumping was the key to complete the stage. What's crazy is that the AI is so good now that any further attempts on the stage will all result in successful completion. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a 90-minute tour through Shanghai Disneyland.

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TAP Wearable Keyboard

Looking more like a knuckle duster than a connected device, the TAP is essentially a wearable keyboard, complete with sensors embedded within the strap that reads your hand movements and convert them into writing. A companion app, called TapGenius, offers tutorials and games that help make learning it a breeze. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of two red hot nickel balls being crushed by a hydraulic press.

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The Pilot Translation

Say goodbye to whipping out your smartphone when a translation is needed, as all you'll need are Pilot Translating Earphones by Waverly Labs. It's touted as the world's first smart earpiece capable of instantly translating two conversations spoken in different languages - English, Spanish, French, and Italian, for now. All you'll need is a companion app to toggle between languages, which even functions offline. The system also comes with a second earpiece for listening to music. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Ingestible Origami Robot

MIT researchers have developed tiny robots made from dried pig intestine that come in the form of a pill, which dissolves in stomach acid. Once ingested, it unfolds like a musical instrument, and moves around with a "stick-slip" motion, using the friction of its surroundings to propel itself forward. The robot contains a magnet that allows it to be controlled from the outside using another magnet. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Hyundai Exoskeleton

Hyundai has just unveiled a new powered exoskeleton inspired by the Caterpillar P-5000 Powered Work Loader from the movie Aliens. The entire system consists of a backpack with leg / arm attachments with claw-like appendages that enable one to lift objects weighing hundreds of pounds. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bizarre pit bull and dachshund mix.

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Nikola Electric Truck

The Tesla Model S is good enough for most road trips, but when it comes to hauling shipping containers, you'll want the Nikola One Electric Semi-Truck. Featuring a 2,000-horsepower, 6x6 AWD electric drivetrain, paired with a natural gas-powered turbine, it can haul nearly 2,000-pounds more cargo than its competitors, while accelerating twice as fast. You'll be able to travel up to 1,200 miles without needing recharge. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Electronic Skin

We have seen the future of smart devices, and it includes this ultra flexible electronic skin. Created by researchers from the University of Tokyo, this ultra-thin film is basically a wearable LED display. A practical application for early prototypes include fitness tracking for data such as blood oxygen level, heart rate and even calories burned. The film itself measures only two micrometers thick and is made from layers of organic and inorganic materials, enabling transparent electrodes to be attached, while preventing the passage of water vapor and oxygen. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what happens when a flamethrower takes on a fire hose.

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Best Buy Ad 1990s

For $1998 back in October, 1994, you could have purchased a Packard Bell 486DX2/50MHz computer system with 720MB hard drive, 4MB of RAM, 2x CD-ROM drive, 16-bit stereo sound card, Canon Bubble Jet printer, and a 14-inch Super VGA monitor. If you didn't already know, Best Buy was founded by Richard M. Schulze and Gary Smoliak in 1966 as an audio specialty store. In 1983, it was renamed and rebranded with more emphasis placed on consumer electronics. Continue reading to see the rest of this circular - SNES and SEGA Genesis included.

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Revision Military Exoskeleton

Revision Military's Exoskeleton transforms you into a super soldier direct from a video game. In addition to the fully-enclosed helmet with integrated quad-tube night-vision device, the suit features rugged armor protection, capable of stopping rifle rounds, covering 60% of the operator. There's also a powered, lower-body exoskeleton, which is used to transfer the additional weight of the armor down to the waste belt, while supporting it with motorized actuators on each leg. Everything is powered by a small power pack and cooling system worn on the back. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what happens when a fireworks factory goes up in flames.

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