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Who holds the world record for live video views?

The killer question - February 15, 2017

Named 2016’s Person of the Year by Time, he’s the president of the world’s greatest democracy. Donald Trump holds the new views record for Periscope, Twitter’s live video streaming app, for the video of his inaugural speech.

Trump’s inauguration on 20 January 2017 beat the record: over 6.82 million viewers tuned in to see the event live on his Twitter account. Internauts chimed in with another 12 million tweets relating the inauguration!

The old record was set during the American presidential election on 8 November 2016, with 6.8 million on a live feed. One thing’s for sure – Trump is all about excess.

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Why is Africa a hotbed of goalies?

The killer question - February 08, 2017

If there were a global hall of fame for goal-keepers, it‘d be stacked with Africans. Ever since the legendary keeper Thomas Nkono graced the cage, everyone wants to mind the net. The Cameroonian star has a CAN trophy, was quarter-finalist in the 1990 World Cup, an Olympic gold medal winner, UEFA finalist, Bolivian champion, and recipient of 2 Golden Balls in Africa.

Nkono has mentored generations of excellent goalies and shone on the European stage. Gianluigi Buffon, arguably the planet’s finest current keeper, credits his interest in the position to Nkono’s brilliant play. He even named his son Thomas, in homage to the “greatest keeper of all time.”

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Frank Simon talking tactics with young talent © José Porras

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Africa discerns its own Golden Ball

Shine at parties! - February 08, 2017

The Beautiful Game’s most coveted individual award is the Golden Ball, since 1956 attributed to the planet’s finest footballer. Winning it is the stuff of every young player’s dreams. But many aren’t aware that since 1970, an African equivalent has been awarded.

The African Golden Ball, created by France Football, (which also created the International Golden Ball Award), goes to the best continental player. Its winners are a who’s who of African football: Roger Milla, Abedi Pelé, George Weah, Yaya Touré, Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba. Since 1992, the award has been redubbed “African Player of the Year” but everyone stills calls it “The African Golden Ball.”

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Algerian Riyad Mahrez won the 2016 trophy © AFP/ Pius Utomi Ekpei

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Who keeps the robots in line?

The killer question - February 01, 2017

In the 1930s, when most of science-fiction accounts of robots were of the Frankenstein variety (an uncontrollable robot who kills his creator), author Isaac Asimov saw the potential benefits of robots for mankind. In 1942, following discussions with writer John W Campbell, Asimov came up with 3 laws to govern robotics, including them in his short story Runaround:

  1. Robots must not harm human beings, nor refuse aide to a human in danger;
  2. Robots must obey all orders issued by human beings, except those that flout the first law;
  3. Robots must defend themselves by all available means unless that jeopardizes compliance with the first or second law.

Later, in the books entitled Foundation and Earth (1986) and Prelude to Foundation (1988), the author added another law – the zero law: “Robots may not harm humanity in any way, nor, by their failure to act, allow a danger to threaten humanity.”

Proving that science-fiction predicts and influences reality, in 2007 South Korea drafted “The Robot Ethics Charter,” aimed at preventing robots from abusing humans and visa-versa. The charter was inspired by state-sponsored European research on robotics as well as by the four laws established by Isaac Asimov 65 years ago. More recently, celeb engineer/entrepreneur Elon Musk, teamed up with astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, to create a non-profit R&D lab called OpenAI. Its mission: develop artificial intelligence that benefits mankind and is guided by moral considerations: You can sense the guiding hand of Asimov, who just happens to be… the favorite author of

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In the film I, Robot, the laws of robotics guarantee human safety © IMDB

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Google’s turning our windmills into kites

Shine at parties! - January 25, 2017

Proving that profitable and environmentally friendly aren’t incompatible, Google is one of the world’s most-valuable businesses and eco-aware, too. British daily The Guardian reported that in 2017 Google will be run entirely on renewables (wind and solar). No surprise, then, that they’ve been conducting research in sustainable energies and technologies for years.

One of the most interesting green projects is Makani Power. The idea is simple: build ultra-light kites with on-board electronics that convert wind into clean energy very cheaply. Experiments are being conducted by Google X (one of their big R&D labs) and if successful, would mean we could replace big costly windmills with cheap efficient kites. Go fly a kite… and fuel the planet!

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Can Google turn the world into a video game?

The killer question - January 25, 2017

Project your virtual environment into the real world? Google’s betting on it with its Project Tango. Sensors enable you to perceive the world in 3D via smartphone and tablet enhanced reality. Gaming is the sector that stands to benefit the most, offering enthusiasts a whole brave new (cyber) world. Ready or not, the revolution is here.

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How has Elon Musk made himself indispensable?

The killer question - January 18, 2017

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof and Powerwall:

Elon Musk’s ability to invent technology that changes the world is common knowledge: his Hyperloop train, electric cars and Tesla batteries, and the SpaceX rocket ships, and more recently, his Solar Roofs that make every home energy-sufficient. Photovoltaic tiles capture energy and send it to super-batteries designed by Tesla.

Not only is he providing post-carbon solutions to energy supply challenges, he’s created a virtuous circle business model. In a nutshell, by using solar panels by SolarCity (solar energy specialist for homeowners, acquired by Tesla in June 2016) and Powerwall technology (home batteries from a Tesla and SolarCity partnership), Elon Musk has created a new industry.

Elon Musk and his firms control every step of the process, from R&D prototype design to market. His clients are individuals, companies, even countries. So how do you make a business out of tackling humanity’s most daunting challenge: global warming? He ensures economic viability for every project. For example, by developing reusable booster rockets for SpaceX and marketing them to NASA, Musk is financing part of his wildest scheme – the colonization of Mars. He’s even dreaming of offering tourists expeditions to the Red Planet. Galactic getaways!

Interplanetary transport via SpaceX:

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Luc Besson’s upcoming film features 8,000 species of extraterrestrials

Shine at parties! - January 11, 2017

No doubt about it – everything about the film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is king-sized. With its A-Team cast (Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Clive Owen), colossal budget – a record-setter for French film (197 million euros), it’s clear Luc Besson wants to create a European rival to Star Wars. Slated for release in 2017, this movie features the incredibly detailed work of Luc Besson’s artistic teams. They came up with 8,000 different species of space creatures based on the cult comic Valérian et Laureline, by Pierre Christin et Jean-Claude Mézières, artists George Lucas is particularly fond of.

Nothing beats a trailer to whet your appetite for this galactic blockbuster, so here’s a glimpse of these cosmic critters. Fingers crossed that they will be human friendly 😉

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How do extraterrestrials communicate with us humans?

The killer question - January 11, 2017

It all hinges on a detail: language. When the UFOs start landing and aliens come marching out, I don’t think “ET, phone home” is going to cut it. How will we communicate with them, welcome them, and invite them to Starbucks for a cup of java?

That’s the question posed in the film Arrival by Denis Villeneuve in which a translator tries to establish communication with life forms from outer space. Believe it or not, there’s a branch of science called SETI that’s devoted to comprehending and communicating with extraterrestrials. Some specialists in the field are studying non-verbal means of communication like gestural, touch- and smell-based, and even pheromones (insects’ means of communication).

But we here at Orange Pop are really hoping that extra-terrestrial emojis can do trick.

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First contact with aliens in Arrival movie? © www.sonypicturespresse.fr

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How do you film a surfer in the tube?

The killer question - January 04, 2017

Payloads are still limited, but some ingenious surfers have come up with an idea: drone-towed surfboards. Hawaiian director Eric Sterman managed to get a drone to tow a surfer… and even to have a hovering drone film the whole thing.

Already known ‘round the world for his incredible drone-shot videos, notably footage of the mega pipes called Banzaï Pipeline, (Hawaii), the director has demonstrated the enormous cinemagraphic possibilities of this new technology.

Not only did he develop his own drone app (tells surfers where to catch that perfect wave, even surf without waves), he was one of the first to move the point of view from the beach to the water. His video expresses the water’s enormous power and beauty. As if we weren’t already green with envy for those flyin’ Hawaiians!

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