It's the next step in creating a robot who can pass as human. Boston Dynamics, the group who brought you the creepy BigDog robot, is working with the military to build PetMan, who walks just like a human. And that's not the only thing human about PetMan.
This device, called the PediSedate, was invented to calm kids down before a scary medical procedure. The helmet connects to a GameBoy that the child can play while a mouthpiece slowly blows nitrous oxide gas into the child's face.
A new web application called Wolfram|Alpha looks like Google but is far scarier in its implications for humanity's future. Developers say it will "provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries." A single source of definitive answers? What could go wrong?
One of the films at Sundance that flew under the radar this year was jetpack fantasy Pretty Bird, based on the book The Rocketbelt Caper. The film is billed as a comedy, but the real story is both weird and disturbing — more of a comedy of errors. It explores the story of an engineer who built a rocket belt that can…