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Vice CEO Shane Smith Wins $1 Million Gambling in Vegas, Celebrates With $300,000 Steak Dinner For 30

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Shane Smith, super millionaire CEO of the media company Vice, was confirmed to have dropped $300,000 on a steak dinner while at CES in Las Vegas last month, but the recent news is that dinner was nothing to him, considering he reportedly won over a million dollars gambling during that week.

Smith, whose net worth has been estimated to be around $400 million (Vice is valued at $2.5 billion) according to Business Insider, treated 30 guests, including a few Vice execs, to a lavish dinner at Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Steakhouse, where a bottle of wine costs more than $20,000.

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One of Smith’s guests confirmed with the New York Times that Smith had gotten extremely lucky at the blackjack tables, winning more than $1 million in total during the week of CES.

If there’s anything to learn from Smith’s spending habits, it’s that it’s good to spread the love — generous CEOs seem like a rarity these days.

But Smith is no stranger to handing out cash. Last year during Vice’s holiday party, Smith dropped over a million in cash personally handing out $1,500 to his employees as holiday bonuses.

It’s only February but Shane Smith might have already snagged The Most Boss Boss of the Year Award.

Written by NextShark’s Jacob Wagner

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Hit-Or-Miss Technology

Revolutionary Kitchen Appliance Debuts at CES, Pitch Presentation Is Cringe-worthy

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Twin sisters Haidee and Helen Chen co-founded Sereneti Kitchen in 2014. The company has been working on prototypes of the Cooki, an appliance that cooks your food for you. No, it’s not just a crockpot; it actually stirs your meal and adds ingredients over time.

The Chen sisters are 18 years old.

When the sisters approached their older brother, Timothy Chen, a robotics professional, with an idea for an appliance that could cook for you with the push of a button, he was skeptical. He asked them to show him a clearer vision of the product, so they came back with a Keurig coffee maker, spatula and the iTunes application.

“Music is the same as food,” Timothy Chen, now Sereneti Kitchen’s CEO, remarked. “The score is the recipe and the musician is the chef.”

Modeling their business plan after this romanticizing of a kitchen appliance, Sereneti Kitchen has been working on numerous prototypes for several months in order to present the Cooki at TechCrunch’s 2015 Hardware Battlefield, a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) staple event.

“Music is the same as food. The score is the recipe and the musician is the chef.”

Jesse Rosalia, the fourth co-founding member and CTO, had a rough go of it during the team’s presentation when the Cooki wouldn’t function (1:56 below).

“I thought, well, this is just some performance anxiety,” laughed Rosalia, regarding the first malfunction. By the third non-start, he committed to a (pretty good) improvisation of how the Cooki would be performing.

Cooki’s nerves didn’t affect its critical reception and it’s been running smoothly ever since on the CES floor.

The coolest aspect of Sereneti Kitchen’s business model is the meal plan that accompanies the Cooki. For $5 or less a meal, the company will ship fresh ingredients to you in pre-portioned and prepared trays, which you simply have to slide into the Cooki. You can then control it from a smartphone application.

This primary iteration of the Cooki is geared toward single servings for college students lacking culinary skills. Though it currently lacks the ability to schedule meals, Rosalia spoke passionately about integrating the feature in the near future.

For $5 or less a meal, the company will ship fresh ingredients to you in pre-portioned and prepared trays.

At the moment, recipes are limited to pastas, soups, salads and rice dishes due to the singular pan, but Timothy Chen notes that you can make about 60 percent of the world’s cuisine with just one pan.

Sereneti Kitchen’s crowdfunding campaign to transform their very industrial-looking prototype to the Keurig aesthetic that started it all will launch in spring 2015. A preliminary IndieGogo campaign is live until 11:59pm PDT January 9, 2015.

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Bill Gates Just Drank Poo Water Out of the Greatest Machine Ever Invented for Planet Earth

“I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyer belt and drop into a large bin. They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water.”

That’s how Bill Gates described the Janicki Omniprocessor, which he visited last November, in his blog yesterday.

A human waste problem has been solved. The Omniprocessor, a creation of Janicki Bioenergy, is an ingenious, self-powered machine that turns human waste, in the form of sewage sludge, into clean drinking water and produces more electricity than it takes to run. It can send the excess electricity back into the community as it recycles sewage waste. According to Gates, the water is indeed fit for a billionaire.

“The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle. And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe.”

Not only is the machine exactly what both the developing and developed world needs, it’s also great for entrepreneurs because between the sewage waste removal and the electricity produced, you would be making money — yes, you can actually make a profit off of something that helps the world. And the machine Bill Gates visited is only a prototype.

“The next-generation processor, more advanced than the one I saw, will handle waste from 100,000 people, producing up to 86,000 liters of potable water a day and a net 250 kw of electricity.”

The Omniprocessor, if distributed throughout the developing world, would create water and electricity for the over 2 billion people worldwide that still use latrines to rid their waste — waste that contaminates water sources that the very same people rely on.

“Diseases caused by poor sanitation kill some 700,000 children every year, and they prevent many more from fully developing mentally and physically.”

There is no word yet as to how much the next-gen processor will cost. With all the other tech news we get swept up in as a developed society, it’s refreshing to hear about the great strides being made towards fixing the real problems affecting the world.

Written by Sebastian Dillon of NextShark

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Is Your Kitchen Ready for Hershey’s 3D Chocolate Printer?

You know those days when you need chocolate, but don’t want to put on pants? 3D Systems and The Hershey Company have teamed up to make sure you don’t have to.

3D Systems revealed the CocoJet, a 3D chocolate printer, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas today. That’s right chocoholics, you can now print chocolate.

The 3D printer creates intricate, geometric designs through synchronized printing and the movement of a platform. After each layer is printed, the platform moves down momentarily in order to let the chocolate cool.

3D Systems has yet to announce a specific time frame for when the CocoJet will be available to businesses and consumers, but they definitely intend to bring it to market. The company’s ChefJet and ChefJet Pro, which make various types of candy, retail for about $5,000 and $10,000, respectively.

Prepare your bodies and bank accounts. Discard your pants.

H/t Market Watch

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CES SPOTTING: This is What 3D Sour Candy Looks Like

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3D printing has become the food industry’s preferred fascination of late, from 3D printed pizza dough topped with tomato sauce to 3D chocolate face sculptures. The most recent delight was spotted at CES 2014 in the form of 3D geometric candies and chocolate by the brains over at 3D Systems.

The actual printer, ChefJet, comes in two sizes: an 8x8x6″ countertop build for single color confections and a 10x14x8″ build (the Pro) for full-color desserts, priced at around $5,000 to $10,000 respectively. Recipes include chocolate, vanilla, sour apple, watermelon and cherry. The designs look like they’ve been pulled from Willy Wonka’s science class, with intricate multicolored octahedrons and dodecahedrons filling clear glass containers.

Check out a gorgeous close up snapped by Cool Material:

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