HAL: The Do-Gooder Exo-Suit With the Really Evil Name

While it's a shame that the Fukushima disaster could well have been prevented, you can only dwell on the past for so long. If Japan is to move on from this disaster, the Fukushima facility must come down. But how does one disassemble such a highly radioactive structure? One research team hopes the solution involves… » 10/22/12 11:30am 10/22/12 11:30am

HAL 9000 Papercraft Will, At Some Point, Cut You

We know. He certainly looks cute and harmless. But sooner or later, the HAL 9000 (freely printable papercraft version) could get a small, unintentional dent in the side. "I'll just toss him in the shredder for another," you say out of earshot from the harmless little paper computer. Or so you thought... [ Mr. Hal 9000 » 11/24/08 4:00pm 11/24/08 4:00pm

NASA Working On a Robotic Space Psychologist, Astronauts in Grave Danger

NASA is set to begin work next month in Boston on a four-year, $1.74 million project called the Virtual Space Station. The project is supposed to create a program that can independently counsel depressed astronauts by supplying solutions to their typed insecurities. AP writer Jay Lindsay insists that it's nothing like… » 10/25/08 7:00pm 10/25/08 7:00pm

LaCie 5Big is Slightly Less Infamous Than HAL 9000

We doubt that the LaCie 5big Network storage array will one day spontaneously become self-aware and take over your office, but the visual nod to HAL is unmistakable nevertheless. And on purpose. Designer Neil Poulton said he created the array thanks to inspiration from the supercomputer at the heart of 2001: A Space… » 10/12/08 12:30pm 10/12/08 12:30pm

Rent Your Own HAL Exoskeleton For The Low, Low Price of $1000!

Are you a feeble, pasty pansy? For the low price of $1000 a month, you could overcome your physical limitations with a HAL exoskeleton from Cyberdyne. While HAL prototypes have been around for a few years now, Cyberdyne has just begun building a lab that will mass produce 400-500 of the suits per year starting this… » 4/17/08 2:30pm 4/17/08 2:30pm

Hal the Robot Hamster Loves Dancing to Styx, Sniffing Stuff

Hal is no ordinary hamster. While other hamsters find themselves confined to the dancing gifs of 1990s novelty websites, Hal has grown into an autonomous force of the entertainment world. Dancing to Styx' Mr. Roboto on command, Hal is recommended as a loyal companion in all environments not including pod bay doors. » 4/08/08 9:41am 4/08/08 9:41am