Empathic Virtual Humans will Pass the Voight-Kampff Test

The robotic Replicants in Blade Runner were indistinguishable from humans except for their lack of empathy. Now researchers are creating virtual humans that can detect human emotions through non-verbal cues and develop appropriate responses. This could lead to artificial life forms who are not only intelligent, but… » 12/08/08 2:07pm 12/08/08 2:07pm

The Victorian-Era Supercomputer And The Genius Who Created It

The London Science Museum finally completed work on the Victorian era's greatest supercomputer, the Difference Engine No. 2, 120 years after the death of inventor Charles Babbage. This five-ton machine is currently traveling across the pond to San Francisco, and will go on display in America for the first time… » 4/18/08 3:30pm 4/18/08 3:30pm

Marvel Really, Really Wants You To Know Iron Man Is Theirs

Marvel Comics has made some high quality wallpapers from the upcoming Iron Man movie available on the web, and we won't argue that they are spiffy, shiny, and gorgeous. However, did they really need to brand the things four times? In the shot above (mega-version here) you've got an awkwardly placed Iron Man logo… » 1/10/08 11:40am 1/10/08 11:40am