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:
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?
When machines behave deadly, they are forced to spend eternity tortured by robots like these 10 monstrosities.
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.
Google's developed an algorithm that tells them which employees are most likely to quit. That's creepy.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.