This Man Is About to Put a Robot in Your Pocket

What will it take for robots to become as common in our homes and daily lives as smartphones, TVs, and computers? Ask roboticist Tomotaka Takahashi. The famous Tokyo professor aims to be “the Steve Jobs of robotics,” by moving away from technical specs and emphasizing design, as well as pure bot charisma. »8/27/15 4:32pm8/27/15 4:32pm

How Humans Became One of the Most Compelling—and Human—Shows on TV

What does it mean to be human in a world where A.I. doesn’t just exist, but is an ordinary facet of life? AMC’s Humans, which wrapped up this past weekend, has been asking that throughout its run. It hasn’t quite given us all the answers yet, but what it has given us is some of the smartest scifi TV we’ve seen this… »8/18/15 12:15pm8/18/15 12:15pm

For the First Time an AI Machine Identified Galaxies All on Its Own

Researchers in the UK have developed a computer that can scan outer space and classify galaxy types on its own, without any human help. This image recognition AI could help develop robots that can “see” better on their own, possibly helping doctors spot tumors or airport security spot firearms. »7/08/15 2:00pm7/08/15 2:00pm

Linux Creator Linus Torvalds Laughs at the AI Apocalypse

Over the past several months, many of the world’s most famous scientists and engineers — including Stephen Hawking — have said that one of the biggest threats to humanity is an artificial superintelligence. But Linus Torvalds, the irascible creator of open source operating system Linux, says their fears are idiotic. »7/08/15 12:00pm7/08/15 12:00pm

Ex Machina's Biggest Villain Hunts You Too

It’s hard to figure out who the villain is in Alex Garland’s sexy robot thriller Ex Machina. That’s what makes the film so, well, thrilling. But as a new featurette called from the studio called “God Complex” makes painfully clear, the real villain is the one you can’t see, the one that’s ever-present, always… »4/28/15 2:53pm4/28/15 2:53pm

This Movie's Realistic AI Scared the Shit Out of Me

When I watched the trailer for Ex Machina, I was excited. It wasn’t just the uncanny and attractive robot Ava, either. There were androids, AI, Turing tests! This looked like the scifi movie of my dreams. But when I saw Ex Machina recently, I was terrified. Because it told the truth about what AI might become. »4/13/15 12:00pm4/13/15 12:00pm

A Chatbot Has 'Passed' The Turing Test For The First Time

A Russian chatterbot named "Eugene Goostman" has become the first to pass the Turing Test – an assessment of machine intelligence first proposed in 1950 by visionary mathematician, logician and codebreaker Alan Turing – by convincing 1 in 3 judges that it was a 13-year-old non-native-English-speaking Ukrainian boy. »6/08/14 6:00pm6/08/14 6:00pm