Sweet Dreams, Deadly Machines

Terminator Salvation may have been a letdown, but our week of celebrating the violence within every gadget—armed and sentient or ordinary and household, they're all bloodthirsty—was a hit. Here's a recap of the finer moments: » 5/26/09 4:00pm 5/26/09 4:00pm

...And Then The Robots Will Learn Compassion

In the robot wars, much blood and oil will be shed because of our differences, and lack of understanding. But one day, perhaps amid the fighting, a robot will learn the human value of compassion, and humans will respond—well, like humans. [Broken Robot Nozomi via JapanProbe] » 5/22/09 8:00pm 5/22/09 8:00pm

Wall-E vs. Johnny 5: Who Would Win In a Deathmatch?

The question of which machine is deadliest of all-time has already been answered—but it's the bonus round that will prove to be the most exciting matchup. Who would win in a battle between Wall-E and Johnny 5? » 5/22/09 5:30pm 5/22/09 5:30pm

The Death Row Inmate Who Turned His Toilet Into an Electric Chair

Michael Anderson Godwin was a murderer. He was awaiting South Carolina's electric chair in 1989 when he decided to fix his TV set while sitting on his cell's metal toilet. You can probably see where this is going. » 5/22/09 2:00pm 5/22/09 2:00pm

Gort vs. Caprica 6: Which Machine Is Deadlier? (Championship Round)

Gort and Caprica 6 pulled out victories in the final round of the Heavyweight and Humanoid division battles. Just for fun we are pitting them against one another in a final, championship round. Which machine is the deadliest of all-time? » 5/22/09 1:30pm 5/22/09 1:30pm

Let's Agree to Never Make Meatgrinders Sentient, OK?

Never, ever, ever attempt to fight a meat grinder. The following photos, from rotten.com, illustrate why. (Do not click through if you are squeamish.) » 5/21/09 9:20pm 5/21/09 9:20pm

Sadistic Parking Gate Smashes Car Hulk Style

Some machines are so evil that they will kill other machines just to cause you pain. And yes, I probably find this hilarious because that bloody gate is not destroying my car. [Hiroiro via DRB] » 5/21/09 7:40pm 5/21/09 7:40pm

What Is The Deadliest Machine Of All-Time? (Heavyweight Division, Final…

The battle between Megatron and Mega Maid was a nailbiter, but I called it at noon with Mega Maid taking 51% of the vote. That earns her the right to face Gort from The Day The Earth Stood Still. » 5/21/09 6:00pm 5/21/09 6:00pm

Why the Terminator Uprising (Probably) Won't Ever Happen

When I interviewed Wired for War author PW Singer last March, he told me that the preconditions for a successful Terminator-type uprising are not in place. As computer development accelerates, however, those preconditions become way more possible. » 5/21/09 5:00pm 5/21/09 5:00pm

You'll Love This Video of the Sarah Connor of Beat Boxing

Not all Man/Machine battles are bloody. They can beat us in Chess. And they can beat us in math. But the drum machines and synths, they can't beat us yet. » 5/21/09 3:00pm 5/21/09 3:00pm

The Pitching Machine With a Taste For Blood

11-year-old Mitchell Anderson had just finished practicing in the batting cage and was gathering balls in his helmet. Unfortunately for him, there was one ball left still rattling around in the machine. » 5/21/09 1:20pm 5/21/09 1:20pm

What Is The Deadliest Machine Of All-Time? (Humanoid Division, Final…

Caprica 6 is proving to be a difficult adversary. Hotness seems to be a factor, so for the final round we are going to even out the odds a bit. No Yul Brenner is not hot...but his backup is. » 5/21/09 1:00pm 5/21/09 1:00pm

What is the Deadliest Machine of All-Time? (Heavyweight Division, Round…

Not surprisingly, Megatron easily took another heavyweight round over Marvel's Sentinel. So we are upping the ante in Round 3 with a robot so horrifying, just thinking about it will give you nightmares for weeks. » 5/21/09 12:00am 5/21/09 12:00am

16-Real Life Cyborg Technologies

Why fight the machines when you can become the machines? As Oobject points out with their list of 16 cyborg technologies—bionic eyes, ears limbs and organs are already a reality. [Oobject] » 5/20/09 6:00pm 5/20/09 6:00pm

What Is The Deadliest Machine Of All-Time? (Humanoid Division, Round 3)

The original Terminator was finally dethroned by Caprica 6 in the Round 2 Humanoid Battle. But how will she fare against Roy Batty from Blade Runner? » 5/20/09 5:20pm 5/20/09 5:20pm

Five Reasons Why Humanoid Robots Will Someday Fight Our Wars

Robots are officially on the battlefield—UAVs like the Predator and Reaper patrol the skies while militarized bomb-disposal robots like the Talon detonate explosives on the ground. But where are the humanoids? Roboticist and author Daniel H. Wilson makes the case for a humanoid robot army. » 5/20/09 4:00pm 5/20/09 4:00pm

Giz Explains: How Electrocution Really Kills You

Humans are fragile. Our bodies are easily mutilated by our own creations: Crushed, mulched, zipped. But physical force is weak and inefficient compared to good old electrocution, which, according to MythBusters' Adam Savage, doesn't kill you the way you think it does. » 5/20/09 2:40pm 5/20/09 2:40pm