The Fifth Element Is Starting to Come True

Earlier this week, we learned that Apple's Touch ID could be used in third party apps with iOS 8, paving the way to make your fingerprint a universal password. On a seemingly unrelated note, we also discovered a concept cigarette designed to help you quit smoking. And suddenly, it seemed apparent. We're living in The… » 6/04/14 8:00pm 6/04/14 8:00pm

The Original Robocop Was A Christ Allegory

The original Robocop, released in 1987 and directed by Paul Verhoeven, was not only one of the best science fiction films of the last three decades—"a brilliant comedy operating in the guise of an ultraviolent action movie," as Tom Scocca described it on Gawker—it was also a Christian allegory. At least according to… » 2/16/14 3:00pm 2/16/14 3:00pm

Brutal Art Show Depicts Machines at the End of Humanity

It's hard to know where to begin describing artist Jan Manski's brutal new show forthcoming at London's BREESE LITTLE gallery. Called "Possesia" and opening to the public on February 26, it's a surreal and over the top look at "archaic instruments" turned into end-of-the-world machinery used by some unnamed conquering… » 2/14/14 6:05pm 2/14/14 6:05pm

The New RoboCop Is What RoboCop Meant to Kill

This new RoboCop movie does not care that anyone might compare it unfavorably to the original 1987 RoboCop movie. It has been programmed not to care about these things. The most readily available metaphor, which is also true, is that the new movie has killed the human mind and guts of its predecessor and kept the cold… » 2/14/14 4:54pm 2/14/14 4:54pm

The Landscapes Of Suburbia Are The Real Science Fiction

Science fiction is often charged with naïve technological optimism and historical amnesia. But for present-day Californians struggling with a wide range of environmental and social problems, science fiction might just provide the perspective we need to successfully pivot from the boom times of the twentieth century to… » 1/30/14 3:40pm 1/30/14 3:40pm

Why Spiderman's Strong-as-Steel Webs Are Mathematically Possible

When you're watching the Spiderman movies, you hardly ever stop to think about whether Peter Parker could actually physically swing from buildings on threads of silk. C'mon! Suspend your disbelief! It's a superhero movie! Jeez. Except as this mathematics professor points out, it's freaking possible. » 7/24/12 1:20pm 7/24/12 1:20pm