Science Fiction, Technology, and Porn in San Francisco, Starting…

Well, pretty much every day in San Francisco is filled with scifi, tech and porn, but this weekend is special. Arse Elektronika » 9/24/08 10:26am 9/24/08 10:26am, the notorious techno-porn event imported from pervvy Vienna, is starting tomorrow night with a bang. This year, the conference theme is "Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep?" I'll be a…

Last Chance to Submit Ideas to the Etech Conference!

Every year, geeky idea factory O'Reilly puts on a great conference called Emerging Technology » 9/18/08 11:00am 9/18/08 11:00am, fondly known as Etech. There you'll hear from scientists, engineers, futurists, investors, writers and artists about what's coming next for humans living in an increasingly high-tech world. The theme of this year's…

Will We Hold Robots Accountable for War Crimes?

Now that the military is using autonomous surveillance/combat robots created by iRobot, the company behind the Roomba robot vacuum, a strange question emerges: What do we do if a robot commits a war crime? This isn't idle speculation. An automated anti-aircraft cannon's friendly fire killed nine soldiers in South… » 1/17/08 1:00pm 1/17/08 1:00pm