What If You Awoke One Morning Transformed Into A Robot?

Acclaimed Japanese director Oriza Hirata is releasing a stage production of Kafka's surrealist classic The Metamorphosis. But in this production, our tortured protagonist does not wake to find himself transformed into a bug. Instead, he's an android. And remarkably, an actual robot gets to star in the show. » 10/09/14 7:20am 10/09/14 7:20am

10 Weird TV Show Ideas That The Networks Keep Trying Over And Over

Just like with movies, you sometimes see a few television shows about the same idea come down the pike. Recently, we had two "supernatural child" shows (Touch and Believe), and a handful of supernatural medical shows. But here are 10 TV show ideas that keep coming back again and again. » 9/12/14 10:06am 9/12/14 10:06am

This story only takes a couple minutes to read -- and it's superb.

Some of the shortest stories pack the biggest punches. Case in point: "In the Marrow" by Malon Edwards, published over at Lakeside Circus. It's under 1,000 words, and it tells the story of a gynoid and her girlfriend, who've been driven apart by their parents — and by the "sexually deviant" gynoid's memory loss. » 2/20/14 3:40pm 2/20/14 3:40pm

Would you copy your mind to a robotic body-double?

A central theme of the recently concluded GF2045 Congress was the idea of achieving a kind of immortality by transferring our minds to avatars or robots. Indeed, as Japanese professor Hiroshi Ishiguro’s presentation clearly showed, our robotic doppelgangers will truly be made to look and act like the real thing. » 6/18/13 9:40am 6/18/13 9:40am

Are these what the robot cops look like in J.J. Abrams new TV series …

J.J. Abrams Robocop series Human pairs a jaded (but still human) Karl Urban with an android cop, played by Michael Ealy. While Ealy isn't in any of these on location shots from the recent shooting of Human, a bunch of emotionless mannequin-looking cops are. Check out the creepers behind Urban — are these the future… » 3/27/13 11:07am 3/27/13 11:07am

Watch as robots and androids portray themselves in this futuristic…

What better way to portray robots and androids on stage than by having actual robots and androids perform their own parts? Such is the thinking behind the Japanese Robot Theater Project. The troupe's latest productions, "Sayonara" and "I, Worker," feature robots that interact with live performers right on stage. And… » 2/14/13 8:20am 2/14/13 8:20am

A short film about one roboticist's obsessive quest for perfection

In a future where robots have replaced retail workers, androids and gynoids that can pass for human are highly valued. Anders Ohm is an expert at building and fine-tuning robots that seem human, but he takes issue with the little flaws that make us human. His obsession with perfection is especially pronounced when it… » 1/19/13 10:00am 1/19/13 10:00am

The most compelling new look at artificial intelligence comes from...…

Most startling news of the day: Grey's Anatomy producer Shonda Rimes is creating a new TV show, based on an as-yet-unpublished young-adult novel, Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza. That novel, about a teenage girl in the Midwest who finds out she's really a cutting-edge artificial intelligence, comes out in March but is already… » 10/29/12 3:30pm 10/29/12 3:30pm