IBM Simulates 4.5 Percent of the Human Brain and Might Make You…

Machines have been outperforming the human brain for a while now. Deep Blue vs. Garry Kasparov, Watson vs. Ken Jennings, Siri vs. my hungover inability to operate technology. Now IBM's Blue Gene is trying to not just outperform, but simulate the whole damn human brain. It's 4.5 percent of the way there. » 10/25/11 11:00am 10/25/11 11:00am

Watson Crashed Multiple Times on Jeopardy, Plus Other Watson Tidbits

If you saw the second night of Jeopardy's Watson vs Man and Watson's flat out dominance, I wouldn't blame you for being a little bit sad about humanity. Thankfully it's not straight to SkyNet for Watson, turns out the machine is a little unreliable and prone to crashes. » 2/16/11 5:20pm 2/16/11 5:20pm

Specter of Deadly A.I. Looms In Wake of Invite-Only Asilomar Conference

Science fiction is great fun, but should we really be quaking in our boots over dangerous A.I. anytime soon? A growing number of scientists say yes, and the results of their February conference at Asilomar are finally being made public. » 7/26/09 2:00pm 7/26/09 2:00pm

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

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