An odd, off-kilter film, Computer Chess, has managed to pull off something that no other science fiction story ever has. With its tale of an early 1980s computer chess tournament, it reveals the mundane, silly way that a truly dangerous artificial intelligence might emerge.
This thing is "Neck Clamp and Impactor." It involves sticking your head inside a neck brace with only a small impact-resistant nanoceramic plate to protect your throat from a rocket launcher. The project begs the question: Do you feel lucky?
Imagine buying your dream house and gradually losing it to a slow-moving landslide. For Jim and Charity Marlatt of Keene, NY, this is a living nightmare they face every day.
If you haven't seen the BBC television version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then you need to get off your lazy duff and give it a whirl. It's extremely different from the movie version, and much closer to the novels and radio drama. Probably the best thing about it is the Guide itself, complete with…