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

The U.S. military's robopocalyptic army is starting to take shape

Everyone, say hello to WildCat, a robotic quadruped that can run 16 mph (26 kph) without tethers. It joins an already impressive cast of conceptual bots, including an updated version of ATLAS — who, as showcased in a must-see new video, may soon appear on an episode of American Ninja. » 10/04/13 9:45am 10/04/13 9:45am

This android's muscles and tendons allow it to move like a human

You know how the original Terminator looks like a human — even on the inside? Well, that was probably a good design decision. As the designers of this android undoubtedly know, the best way to get a robot to look and move like a human is to give it an actual musculoskeletal system. » 9/27/13 10:47am 9/27/13 10:47am

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

PETMAN is the Terminator's less violent kid brother

Looks like BigDog finally has a robotic counterpart to take him out for a walk. Actually, Boston Dynamics's PETMAN has been under development for a while now, but this is our first opportunity to see him decked out in full battle gear. » 4/08/13 7:20am 4/08/13 7:20am

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 not… » 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

A New Android Cop Show, From the Makers of Fringe

Could there be dueling police dramas about robots a year from now? Just a few weeks ago, NBC picked up a show about cops and robots from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Josh Friedman. And now, Fox has ordered a pilot for a show about android cops from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman, one of two showrunners on » 9/06/12 1:20pm 9/06/12 1:20pm

How would robotic prostitutes change the sex tourism industry?

Machines have already changed the face of manufacturing industries, but what happens when prostitutes find themselves replaced by robots? Will machines populate our brothels instead of flesh and blood people? Will the social stigma of paying for sex fade? And how will the availability of robotic sex partners impact… » 4/15/12 11:30am 4/15/12 11:30am

Watch Project KARA, a seven-minute tearjerker about a sentient android

Video game studio Quantic Dreams — who you may remember helmed the PS3 crime thriller Heavy Rain — has now released a new short film starring the voice and digital likeness of actress Valorie Curry (Twilight, Veronica Mars). According to Quantic Dreams CEO David Cage, this heart-rending short uses technology more… » 3/08/12 8:20am 3/08/12 8:20am

The long lost head of Philip K. Dick finally gets his own book

It caused a huge uproar some years ago when the head of a Philip K. Dick android went missing on an aircraft — and now that incident has spawned a book, called Losing the Head of Philip K Dick-A Bizarre but True Tale of Androids, Kill Switches, and Left Luggage by David Dufty. According to The Bookseller, this book is… » 11/17/11 2:20pm 11/17/11 2:20pm