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The Drill Down 417: Do Not Pass ‘Go’
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This week, GM buys big into driverless cars, Google AI beats a Go grandmaster, Amazon Echo repeats itself, Oculus won’t be on the Mac, Tech encryption vs. the Feds in the news again, and Nike self-lacing shoes are here!

All this and more on The Drill Down.

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Nike Releases Teaser Video For Self-Lacing Sneakers Inspired By ‘Back To The Future’
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Back to the Future II Nike MAG

Back in 2011 Nike produced 1,500 limited edition replicas of the Nike MAG, the self-lacing sneakers Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II. And while they were an awesome replica, they didn’t actually self-lace and it was impossible for most people without plenty of extra cash lying around to get their hands on a pair.

A few days after that announcement, shoe engineer Tinker Hatfield—creator of the Pump sneakers and designer of the MAG replicas—said they were still working on the self-lacing technology and would have it ready by 2015, the year they travel to in Back to the Future II. 2015 has come and gone with no self-lacing sneakers, but hope is not lost. Nike has released a teaser video for self-lacing sneakers called HyperAdapt 1.0, and you can check it out below.

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The Drill Down 358: I, For One, Welcome Our New A.I. Overlords
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HAL_9000

This week, broadband gets a new definition, Edward Snowden on Cyber Warfare, ISIS may have hacked US Central Command’s Twitter, Experts call for tighter AI safeguards, and those shoes from Back to the Future are finally going to happen. All this, and much much more…

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The Drill Down 323: A Companion Through Time and Space Forever
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TARDIS Box

This week, Twitter and LinkedIn benefit from a mobile boom, Are wearables dead in the water already?, Did the FCC just hammer the final nail in Net Neutrality’s coffin?, Netflix raises fees, Amazon goes for HBO — and smartphones, what happens when a hashtag backfires on you, and much more…

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Geek Fit: Healthy Living Gadgetry Review
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Aaron the Strong   |  
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Geek Fit

I love all variety of gadgets. I tend to jump on the bandwagon being pulled behind any new and interesting technology as fast as my wallet will let me. Sometimes I am rewarded, sometimes I’m disappointed, but I always enjoy the thrill that comes from experiencing vast leaps forward in technology. When Jawbone introduced the UP, I was in the middle of my fitness revolution and was immediately excited to try it out.

Not only does this little bracelet count your steps like a standard little pedometer, but it also tracks your sleep cycles. Jawbone promises that the UP’s gentle vibrations would wake you up at the optimum time in your sleep cycle to ensure a pleasant waking experience every day. Combine all of this with a colorful, fun iPhone app and you’ve got me hook, line, and sinker! I picked up this cool little device as soon as it hit the shelves of my local Target (Target always has all the coolest stuff).

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‘Back To The Future’ Sneaker Designer Tinker Hatfield Promises Self-Lacing MAG By 2015
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Back to the Future II Nike MAG

Pure excitement quickly turned to sheer disappointment recently when it was announced that Nike was going to release the MAG, the actual self–tying sneaker that Michael J. Fox‘s Marty McFly character wore in Back to the Future II, BUT that they would only be releasing a limited 1,500 pairs of the shoe via auction (which, on the first day, were running many thousands of dollars per pair) and they would, sadly, not be self–lacing.

But that does not appear to be the end of it. Legendary shoe engineer Tinker Hatfield, the man who designed this brand new Nike MAG and invented the original Pump sneakers, was on hand at the release party for the MAG and had some encouraging words for those saddened by the lack of self–lacing.

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Nike Unveils Limited Edition ‘Back To The Future 2’ Sneaker, The MAG
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Back to the Future II Nike MAG

It’s very much likely that we all at one point or another have dreamed of those crazy fictional things from the “future” we’ve seen created for movies, TV shows, comics, and video games somehow being made into a reality some day. And perhaps the movie that presented the most fun and intriguing futuristic goodies to bring to life, was of course Back to the Future II.

The most iconic futuristic item shown in the movie would have to be the hoverboard—a skateboard without wheels that hovers a foot or so above the ground—which hasn’t been mass–produced…yet…though one artist did build his own working hoverboard a while back.

But after that, it’s all about the self–lacing shoes that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) wore in the movie, called the Nike MAG. And now those very shoes are a reality…sorta. A reality for those of us with a lot of money sitting around, anyway.

Continue reading to learn how you can try and get your own pair of the sneakers, and to see a couple of videos—one of which has none other than Christopher Lloyd returning to the role of Doc Brown!

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