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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 12:20pm Yesterday 12:20pm

How Ex Machina's Director Wants To Film VanderMeer's Crazy Annihilation

Ex Machina rocked our world with its story of artificial intelligence and messed-up dynamics. And its director, Alex Garland, is in line to direct the movie of Jeff VanderMeer’s acclaimed book Annihilation next. Is that really going to happen? How do you pull that off? We asked him. » 7/14/15 11:30am 7/14/15 11:30am

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 8:00am 7/13/15 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 2:00pm 7/08/15 2:00pm

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

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

From Metropolis To Ex Machina: Why Are So Many Robots Female?

The new movie Ex Machina has been pushing people’s buttons. It features a seemingly vulnerable robot named Ava, who’s as beautiful as she is mysterious. But Ava’s just the latest in a long line of artificial seductresses, girlfriends and mothers. Why are so many thinking machines female? » 4/21/15 1:15pm 4/21/15 1:15pm

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