How Ashley Madison Hid Its Fembot Con From Users and Investigators

The developers at Ashley Madison created their first artificial woman sometime in early 2002. Her nickname was Sensuous Kitten, and she is listed as the tenth member of Ashley Madison in the company’s leaked user database. On her profile, she announces: “I’m having trouble with my computer ... send a message!” »9/08/15 4:14pm9/08/15 4:14pm


Ashley Madison Code Shows More Women, and More Bots

After searching through the Ashley Madison database and private email last week, I reported that there might be roughly 12,000 real women active on Ashley Madison. Now, after looking at the company’s source code, it’s clear that I arrived at that low number based in part on a misunderstanding of the evidence. Equally… »8/31/15 4:05pm8/31/15 4:05pm

Brazilian Booping Robots Will Have You Doing the Twitchy Dance

This little wind-up bot from Brazilian toymaker and environmental activist Chico Bicalho does a spastic jitter when you let it go. In fact, all Bicalho's creations are goofy, jumpy critters that are pretty much the opposite of what you'd expect from a robot. They shoot sparks, wobble lopsidedly on their wheels, and… »2/29/08 11:20am2/29/08 11:20am