The AI Revolution: How Far Away Are Our Robot Overlords?

Imagine taking a time machine back to 1750—a time when the world was in a permanent power outage, long-distance communication meant either yelling loudly or firing a cannon in the air, and all transportation ran on hay. When you get there, you retrieve a dude, bring him to 2015, and then walk him around and watch… » 2/09/15 2:00pm 2/09/15 2:00pm

One day we will end up living inside computers but it will really suck

Consciousness uploading to a computer network at the time of death. It is a great idea. It will happen. People will be able to live forever, roam the universe, experience the unimaginable. Or perhaps it will all get ruined by corporations, as this video—which can be the plot for a Black Mirror episode—shows. » 12/16/14 7:35pm 12/16/14 7:35pm

This Animation Makes Stephen Hawking's Ideas Easier to Understand

Stephen Hawking. Theoretical Physicist. Cosmologist. Smart guy. Beyond genius, actually. Hell, very probably the best brain that us humans have right now. But so much of his intelligence is hard to grasp for less wrinkled brains like us. This animation, made by The Guardian as part of its Made Simple series, breaks… » 9/25/13 9:03pm 9/25/13 9:03pm

Halloween Costume Competition: Robots Turn on Humans

From our last post on the matter: With Halloween around the corner, there's one thought that scares us more than any other. It's not Dracula or reanimated corpses. It's not TP'd houses or razor blade candy. It's the day when robots turn on humans in the battle for Earth. And to prep for the event, we're throwing a… » 10/29/08 5:00pm 10/29/08 5:00pm

LHC Webcams Depict Horrifyingly Singular Moment

In case you weren't paranoid enough knowing that there's a 14-mile particle accelerator complete with Black Hole Button » 9/11/08 11:00pm 9/11/08 11:00pm currently operational on this, your most favorite of planets, here's a dose of meta-reality that will make your palms even sweatier, a glimpse of . Once you're sufficiently freaked out, you can share…

Will Microsoft's Midori Project Be a Web-Delivered Windows Replacement?

That's what SD Times » 7/30/08 10:30am 7/30/08 10:30am is claiming, based on "internal Microsoft documents" that give more details on the skunk-works research project currently . The docs supposedly hint at a fleshed out platform for distributed concurrency-which entails moving what used to be core desktop OS functionality into the cloud for a…

Microsoft Midori Is a Secret Post-Windows Operating System

Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 might just be the salve to soothe Windows Vista ouchies, but what Windows fans really want is something that hasn't yet been announced. Mary-Jo of All About Microsoft says that internally, there's a project called Singularity that's designed to solve all kinds of shortcomings in current… » 7/01/08 3:00pm 7/01/08 3:00pm