Who among us knew that Wall-E, the lost puppy of robots, foreshadowed our emotional dependence on wire and metal? As the line distinguishing human from robot shifts and blurs, it turns out that those of us with flesh and blood may no longer reserve our empathy for other humans. A recent study published in Scientific…
A little girl from the town Timmins, Ontario with the cool name of Cash Cayen was stoked to see a summer robotics program being offered at her local library. The library’s assistant director refused her registration, saying that only boys were allowed to participate. The reason being that “boys’ academic and literacy…
The new movie Ex Machina has been pushing people’s buttons. It features a seemingly vulnerable robot named Ava, who’s as beautiful as she is mysterious. But Ava’s just the latest in a long line of artificial seductresses, girlfriends and mothers. Why are so many thinking machines female?
It's the most adorable time of the year: the White House Science Fair, when the nation gets to watch President Obama interact with charming, science-minded children.
"Aww thanks Mom for all the words of encouragement," wrote Reese Witherspoon on Instagram the day after she did not win a Golden Globe for her role in Wild. Inquiring minds would like to know: Is Reese Witherspoon's mother just in the stage of excessive excitement after recently discovering emojis or is she actually a…
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and with it, questionable business innovations. For instance! Hardware store Lowe's is testing customer service robotsat one of its California outposts. What, because everybody just LOVED automated answering systems?
Tinder is a great way to find
hookups romance near you, but it still relies on you and your potential partner finding each other mutually attractive. Since you can't always rely on that, why not boost your odds—say, with a robotic finger that can "like" up to 900 Tinderers per hour?
It only took them 16 years but Dyson has created a Roomba competitor. It promises "the most powerful suction of any robot vacuum" and comes equipped with 360-degree camera to help navigate. You know it's futuristic because they used a man with a British accent to narrate the demo video.
You know the old saying: "Something old, something new, something borrowed, some kind of tentacled flying robot hovering above your wedding and watching you from its single hellish black eye."
A robot has mastered the envious skill of hitchhiking. We are doomed.
Sex writers, on the surface, seem to have a great life. They write about the best, most pleasurable topic in human existence and seem to have an all around good time in the process. Not only that, but sometimes they get cool free shit to test out (vibrators, dildos, etc.) Then sometimes they have to ask their spouses…
The new Transformers movie expertly duplicates the experience of taking an endless road trip with your father, who refuses to see you as a separate person and who is also quietly falling apart. It's dull, horrifying and miserable. But after nine hours, you realize you're seeing the failure of patriarchy, in miniature.
In Tokyo, two robotic terrors have just slithered their way out of the uncanny valley in order to demonstrate just how unsettlingly almost humanlike they are. According to reports, their levels of "unsettling almost humanlike-ness" is "extremely high."
The weird little tail-whip motion that sperm use to get to their Holy Grail has been co-opted by scientists for use in miniature robots.
The fast food industry has a solution to the rising demand to raise worker salaries. They'll simply develop advanced technology to replace them. That's right—robot fast food workers are coming. AI or GTFO.
A recent survey of 2,000 people by Middlesex University found that 1 in 5 members of the British public would willingly have sex with a robot, which means that 4 in 5 members of the British public are liars who would also have sex with a robot.
The poor people of Great Britain, who once conquered nations and ruled an empire of millions, now find themselves quaking in fear over a very real and terrifying threat—robots.
Alright, I'm going to be honest—the robot sex we're about to talk about isn't the sexy Jude Law from AI Artificial Intelligence type. Nope, it's the type of robot sex that helps us learn about certain reproductive behaviors in animals.
No need to be weirded out by video conference meetings, Skype or FaceTime anymore guys, there’s a robot for that. The Socibot will translate the faces you’d make in person, just, you know, on a robot.
Roombas have given humanity so much—clean floors, kitten transportation, wonderful GIFs. But how can the grateful owners of the world reward they? Roombas care not for trinkets. So, apparently, the vast majority of people give them names.