Cool Experiment Puts Asimov's First Law Of Robotics To The Test

Isaac Asimov's First Law of Robotics states that "a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." That sounds simple enough — but a recent experiment shows how hard it's going to be to get machines to do the right thing. » 9/15/14 6:00pm 40 minutes ago

Terry Gilliam Talks About The Message Of Zero Theorem: "Wake Up!"

We caught up with Terry Gilliam recently to talk about his new film, Zero Theorem, a one size fits all, full gate, semi-vinyl motion picture on searching for the meaning in the face of impotence. He also told us which films left shrapnel in his soul, and why you should be fucking honest and cut the end off your story. » 9/15/14 8:51pm 49 minutes ago

Graham Joyce's Brilliant Novel About Being Haunted By The Class System

Graham Joyce's death last week was a huge loss, but at least he's left us with one last confounding masterpiece. The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, out now in the U.S., is a weird, semi-autobiographical novel in which the fantasy elements are mostly at the margins. And yet, it's a strangely haunting ghost story. » 9/15/14 4:36pm Today 4:36pm

At last, the Game of Thrones toy you've always wanted: A Joffrey Figure

Finally, Game of Thrones fans no longer have to worry about when they'll get their very own plastic incarnation of their absolute favourite character from the series to put on their desk with glee. Why of course, I'm talking about this new Joffrey Baratheon figure from Dark Horse! » 9/15/14 5:05pm Today 5:05pm

​Is The Military Developing Banned Laser Tech To Blind Enemy Soldiers?

Until the mid-1990s, the U.S. Air Force funded research on how to destroy human eyeballs at a distance with lasers. There were at least 10 such programs with names like BOSS, Nighthawk and Y-Blue. An international treaty banned these weapons, but, according to one report, the research has continued. » 9/15/14 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

Relive The Glory Days – Get 25% Off The NES30 Bluetooth Controller

Touchscreens are okay, but controllers are better. What's better than a controller? A quality retro one like the NES 30. Playing with this controller is straight nostalgia – only improved. For a little while, io9 readers can grab 25% off the NES30 (w/ free shipping, of course). For $29.99, it's an easy choice. » 9/12/14 2:57pm Friday 2:57pm