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 12:36pm 6/29/15 12:36pm

Scientists Use AI To Solve A Long-standing Genetics Mystery

For years, biologists have sought to understand how the genes of planarians, a group of free-living flatworms, direct growth in specific body parts. An artificial intelligence tasked with the problem appears to have cracked the code, a breakthrough that demonstrates the incredible potential for “robot science.” » 6/08/15 9:20am 6/08/15 9:20am

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 12:02pm 5/06/15 12:02pm

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 2:53pm 4/28/15 2:53pm

Here's The Scene From Ex Machina that Made My Jaw Drop

Ex Machina has a lot of crazy brilliant stuff in it, and we’ve gushed about this movie a lot. But there’s one scene in particular that made us freak out when we saw it in the theater, because it’s hilarious and weird and insane. And now that the studio has released as a clip, I can’t stop watching it. » 4/22/15 6:00pm 4/22/15 6:00pm

The Central Irony Of Person Of Interest: Too Much Privacy Can Kill You


Last night's episode of Person of Interest was promoted as the return of Taraji P. Henson as her beloved character, Detective Carter — but it was really a dive into the character of Reese, who can't open up to people and can't share himself with anyone. And in this episode, it nearly gets him killed. » 4/15/15 12:10pm 4/15/15 12:10pm

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 12:00pm 4/13/15 12:00pm

Ex Machina Proves Science Fiction Movies Can Be Smart AND Kick Your Ass

Ex Machina is one of the smartest, most thought-provoking science fiction movies in ages. And that probably conjures images of a slow, introspective Sundance-y film — but actually, Ex Machina moves at a ruthless pace, and kicks your ass up one all and down the other. Minor spoilers ahead... » 4/10/15 9:00am 4/10/15 9:00am

Director Alex Garland Explains Why Ex Machina Is So Disturbingly Sexy

You've probably seen some pretty sexy robotic imagery from Ex Machina — and yet, it's kind of weird and off-putting as well. The new film from 28 Days Later and Dredd writer Alex Garland, takes the "sexualized robot" archetype and makes it weirder. We talked to Garland about why his robot is both sexy and disturbing. » 4/07/15 1:57pm 4/07/15 1:57pm

A.I. Pilots Are Not The Solution To Preventing Airline Disasters

We're still trying to understand the horrific Germanwings tragedy. But already, some people are suggesting it could have been prevented if a computer had been flying the plane. But that's not the solution. We spoke to an expert about why an A.I. pilot would open up an entirely new set of risks and complications. » 3/27/15 11:45am 3/27/15 11:45am

Why The Hell Doesn't Person Of Interest Have An Emmy Yet?

Michael Emerson already has an Emmy for his performance on LOST, but he really deserves one for Person of Interest. Last night's episode, "Skip," was an hour of incredible drama, exploring the twisted relationship between Root and Harold Finch. I lost count of how many times I yelled at the screen. Spoilers ahead... » 3/25/15 5:30pm 3/25/15 5:30pm

Yep, That Anti-Robot Protest At SXSW Was A Marketing Stunt [UPDATED]

When a group of plucky students organized a protest at SXSW against the rising threat of artificial intelligence, they got a ton of attention. Including interviews on NPR and the BBC. A grassroots anti-robot protest seemed almost too good to be true. And it's looking like maybe it was. [Updated!] » 3/16/15 1:30pm 3/16/15 1:30pm