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Tony Lopez under fire for ignoring harassment claims amid Twitter return

Published: 14/Aug/2020 14:20

by Georgina Smith

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After several TikToks documenting alleged sexual harassment of minors by influencer Tony Lopez went viral, people looked for Lopez to address the rumours. He’s back posting on social media without mentioning the allegations, and many people are angry.

Over the past few weeks, several girls as young as 15 have emerged to allege that TikTok star Tony Lopez had messaged them inappropriately via a private snapchat. In messages to one girl he said: “your face is kissable” and called her “baby.”

While some defended Lopez, many called for the authorities to be brought in due to the sheer volume of accusations that were being made, and the amount of evidence involving screenshots and recordings that was mounting.

On August 9, Lopez tweeted: “I’ve got a lot to talk about,” which many took as a sign that he has acknowledged the allegations and was planning on speaking out about them.

Following this tweet and a message to his fans saying “I love you guys, stay happy,” he went silent on Twitter. That is until August 14 when he began tweeting again, though it wasn’t the explanation that people were anticipating.

Instead of addressing the allegations, he posted tweets about his general life, including comments such as: “Why am I awake I need to sleep,” and “I ate too much food today.”

The response in the replies to his tweet was mixed. Fans still insisted that he should “not care about the haters” and that they “missed [him] so much.” Others told him to “address it and apologize” for “go[ing] after 15-year-old girls.”

It’s currently unclear whether or not Lopez and his team are handling this behind the scenes, but tension is mounting as a direct explanation from the TikTok influencer becomes increasingly less likely.

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Self-driving car hilariously crashes into wall during Twitch broadcast

Published: 29/Oct/2020 18:58

by Tanner Pierce

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During the Roborace Season Beta event being streamed on Twitch, which pits multiple teams operating “self-driving” cars against each other in an augmented reality experience, one of the cars crashed in an unfortunate, but ultimately hilarious, fashion.

If you never heard of Roborace, you’re probably not the only one. The AI-focused racing experience has only been around for a few years now and while it’s certainly entertaining, it hasn’t quite hit the mainstream just yet in the same way that something like Formula 1 racing has.

Despite this, Season Beta of the aforementioned competition is currently underway and is being streamed on Twitch for the world to see. Of course, it wouldn’t be a race without some spectacular crashes and one happened in an absolutely hilarious fashion on October 29.

During the second day of the Season Beta race, Acronis SIT Autonomous’s DevBot 2.0 car took an abrupt sharp turn directly into a wall immediately after being at a standstill, leading to an unfortunate, albeit hilarious moment during the race.

Unfortunately, the camera cuts away before we can see the reaction of the operators, although it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t be a little annoyed at that immediate outcome. While it’s currently unknown what the estimated price is for the DevBot 2.0, as they’re all produced specifically by Roborace, this little crash probably just cost the team a lot of money.

The DevBot 2.0 uses Nvidia’s DRIVE platform to operate, which allows artificial intelligence to take over driving the fully electric car, as it races through an augmented reality track.

As the name suggests, this is the second iteration to use the name and is being used by all teams during Season Beta. It’s unknown whether this error was due to a technical error or was down to the “operators”.

If fans are interested in Roborace, Season Beta is set to continue until October 30, and will be streamed on the competition’s official Twitch channel the whole time.