Smaug Is So Pissed On The First Hobbit: Battle Of Five Armies Poster

The first poster for The Hobbit 3: Citizens On Patrol The Battle of the Five Armies has arrived; while it's not exactly a shock, seeing a very, very angry Smaug descend on Laketown and Bard is still pretty badass. Here's hoping that this means movie #3 is more like movie #2, at least in terms of excitement. » 7/23/14 11:52am 27 minutes ago

Watch This Whale Lift A Kayak Clear Out Of The Water

Two kayakers in Argentina were paddling off the coast of Puerto Madryn recently, when a whale took sudden interest in their boat, swam beneath their vessel, and lifted it gently from the water. » 7/23/14 11:43am 36 minutes ago

How Artificial Superintelligence Will Give Birth To Itself

There's a saying among futurists that a human-equivalent artificial intelligence will be our last invention. After that, AIs will be capable of designing virtually anything on their own — including themselves. Here's how a recursively self-improving AI could transform itself into a superintelligent machine. » 7/23/14 11:30am 49 minutes ago

What Kinds of Stories Would You Like to See on io9?

You come to io9 for a lot of reasons. You want to escape with science fiction and fantasy, but you also want to learn about what's possible in the real world using science and technology. You want to know what's coming next, and what it will take to get there. What other stories do you want to see? » 7/23/14 10:03am Today 10:03am

This Nefarious Webcomic Evildoer Is Every Bond Villain Rolled Into One

The titular supervillain of Richard Sala's deliciously over-the-top crime webcomic, Super-Enigmatix, is the puppet master behind most of the world's crime. He can make dogs attack their owners or place human-eating plants in the local botanical gardens—and he's always surrounded by beautiful henchwomen. Can he be… » 7/23/14 9:00am Today 9:00am

​Is Marvel Getting People Ready For A New Generation of Movie Heroes?

Before I start answering this week's letters, I just wanted to let you know that I, as a fake mailman living in the post-apocalyptic future, know everything that's going to be announced and shown at this year's San Diego Comic-Con already. And I'm not telling. Nyeh. » 7/23/14 8:15am Today 8:15am

Get 92% Off The Complete iOS 8 & Swift Development Course (Pre-Order)

In a few months, Apple is releasing iOS 8 along with Swift, their new development language. Want to get a jump start and learn how to build apps in this new language? For a little while, you can lock in this extra low pre-order price (92% off for $79) on the Complete iOS 8 & Swift Development Course. » 7/01/14 3:44pm 7/01/14 3:44pm