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Michael Emerson Doesn’t Expect Person of Interest To Have a Happy Ending

Person of Interest has been getting darker and darker as the show delves deeper into its premise about artificial intelligence. And even though we want these tortured heroes to find happiness in the end, star Michael Emerson tells io9 it’s probably not going to happen. He also told us what to expect in season five. »8/26/15 11:43am8/26/15 11:43am

Here’s A Book That Adds a Fascinating New Dimension to Posthuman Space Opera

By now, the stories of humans transcending their limitations in space have become pretty much ubiquitous. We’ve had space cyborgs, space immortals, and tons of other posthumans in space. But the new novel Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper still represents a fascinating new approach.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00... »8/19/15 4:49pm8/19/15 4:49pm

We Should Not Dismiss the Dangers of "Killer Robots" So Quickly

Earlier this summer, more than a thousand prominent thinkers and specialists signed an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous killing machines. Since then, a number of critics have condemned the motion, citing it as both dangerous and useless. Optimization researcher Toby Walsh explains why we shouldn’t be so… »8/14/15 12:40pm8/14/15 12:40pm

Why the Argument Against a Ban on Autonomous Killer Robots Falls Flat

This week, an open letter was presented at an AI conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. The letter has been signed by nearly 14,000 prominent thinkers and leading robotics researchers, but not everyone agrees with its premise. Here’s the case against a ban on killer robots, and… »7/29/15 12:20pm7/29/15 12:20pm

Design Secrets of Ex Machina, This Year's Boldest Science Fiction Movie

Ex Machina looks unlike any science fiction film you’ve seen lately. Its mostly subterranean location is opulent and claustrophobic—and then there’s Ava, the eerily beautiful robot. Check out an exclusive clip from the DVD’s special features, and our interview with the film’s production designer, Mark Digby.… »7/13/15 8:00am7/13/15 8:00am

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 11:00am7/08/15 11:00am

Alien Isolation's Artificial Intelligence Was Good...Too Good

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I stayed perfectly still after they chased me into the air vent. I hadn’t heard anything for several minutes. Surely they’d left by now. Crawling out of my hiding spot, I found myself face to face with one of my pursuers. He hadn’t moved. He started shouting, but he remained locked in place, unable to move at all. … »6/29/15 9:36am6/29/15 9:36am

Person Of Interest’s Machine Shows Its True Superpower: Evolution

This season of Person of Interest has gently pushed the theme of adaptation — the best episode of the season was the one at the Stock Exchange, where the Machine has to keep running simulations, and we’ve seen the Machine change its behavior in response to no-win situations. Last night, this theme came to a head. »5/06/15 12:02pm5/06/15 12:02pm