MachinePix Weekly: Top Posts of 2021
A look back at the Top Ten posts of 2021—some expected, many not 🛀🍁
Now that it’s 2022 for everyone in the world (looking at you, American Samoa (SST) and Niue (NUT) UTC-11:00), it’s time to look back at the most popular @machinepix posts of 2021 based on analytics.twitter.com.
I realize this is unfair to later posts which have had less time to steep in the broth of the Internet, so take the following with a grain of salt.
#10: Bold Bathtub on a Buggy
Absurdity always seems to perform well, and this is no exception. For you superfans, go forth and live your best life.
#9: Soothing Seascape Sculpture by Sylvain
Sylvain’s seascapes were much appreciated this year. Poor guy makes amazing sculptures only to be out-SEO’d by a Fire Emblem character 🥲
#8: Terrifying Tree-trimming Technology
I have a confession: every few months I post a version of this when I’m in a pinch for new material. It’s such a wild piece of machinery that people love it every time 😅
#7: Alarming Atlas Android Accidents
Poor Atlas, destined to be scapegoated as a harbinger of a robot uprising when it succeeds, and laughed at when it fails. It’s tough being a robot.
#6: Radical Ring Receptacle
I got to interview Brian Ignaut about his creations in 2020!
#5: Adorable Automaton
Disney Research publishes some incredible technical work and has a fascinating YouTube channel.
#4: Humongous Hydraulic Hole
Dams are a technology that keeps on giving gifs.
#3: Macaque Masters Mind-over-Matter
Brain-machine interfaces are fraught with ethical and philosophical considerations (and rightfully so), but damn this is pretty cool.
#2: Robotic Rack Rovers
I think the reason this made #2 is because Elon Musk commented on it. For the sake of accuracy I should have mentioned the video is sped up.
#1: Mass Manufactured Marijuana
Congrats to drugs for winning the War on Drugs! Honestly didn’t expect this one to be the winner this year but here we are.
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