Some Of The Most Amazing Dirt Cheap Homemade Robots Ever Built

Robots have come a long way in the past few decades — but some of the coolest advances in robotics haven’t come from huge companies or massive university labs. Makers, inventors, tinkerers and builders have been creating some to-die-for robots for years now. Check out some videos of the very best DIY cheap robots. » 4/20/15 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm

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

Looks Like Tonight's Person Of Interest Will Kick Us In The Teeth Again


Here's an exclusive clip from tonight's brand new episode of Person of Interest — in which Reese tries to teach Finch a skill that Finch does not want to learn. But more importantly, you can see just how desperate things have gotten, and how much Reese is trying to prepare for the very, very worst. » 4/07/15 12:09pm 4/07/15 12:09pm

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

Person Of Interest Has One Of The Most Heartbreaking Relationships On TV

And it's not a relationship between two people. It's the tortured, father-child dynamic between Harold Finch and the Machine, the artificial intelligence he created. Last night's episode, "Karma," served up a great reminder that the Machine loves its "father," even when he goes way off track. » 3/11/15 6:12pm 3/11/15 6:12pm

When A Newspaper Gave Blade Runner's Replicant Test To Mayor Candidates

What if your city elected a Replicant as mayor and you didn't know it? There's only way to guard against this situation, and that's by administering the Voight-Kampff test to every single candidate during the mayoral election. One newspaper in San Francisco did that back in 2003, and the results were amazing. » 2/23/15 1:47pm 2/23/15 1:47pm

A Nerve-Wracking Glimpse At The Future Where Computers Think For Us

We already outsource our memories, calculations and a lot of our fact-checking to Google and other systems. But what happens when the computers start actually guessing what we're going to think before we think it? That's the subject of this unnerving flash fiction by Schlock Mercenary's Howard Tayler. » 2/19/15 10:51am 2/19/15 10:51am

Person Of Interest Shows Us That Creepy Mind-Control Is Already A Thing

This season of Person of Interest has ventured deeper into the wilds of science fiction. We've seen the amoral A.I. Samaritan rigging elections, turning crime on and off like a light, and controlling an entire town. But last night's episode showed how computerized mind-control is already real. Spoilers ahead... » 2/18/15 2:20pm 2/18/15 2:20pm

Finch Learns A Very Different Way To Hack Reality On Person Of Interest

Here's the funniest scene from last night's Person of Interest, in which Harold Finch gets a crash course in swaying a jury from the inside. It's a very different kind of hacking than Finch is used to, and it requires him to be sort of a blowhard. But it's all part of an episode that looks at how "fixers" reshape our… » 2/11/15 3:45pm 2/11/15 3:45pm

Find Out How Spademan Gets In Over His Head In The Shovel Ready Sequel

In Adam Sternbergh's Shovel Ready, we met Spademan, an assassin in a toxic New York who takes out the trash, if the price is right. In Sterbergh's dystopian future, the rich hide out in a virtual-reality paradise, the Limn, while everyone else is trapped in Hell. Here's a first look at the sequel, Near Enemy. » 1/12/15 2:43pm 1/12/15 2:43pm

Exclusive Vice Clip: Thomas Jane's Answer To The Voight-Kampff Test

In Vice, Thomas Jane plays a cop who's investigating a resort where androids have gone wild. And as this exclusive clip from the movie shows, he doesn't need to ask any questions about turtles to spot a rogue android. He just asks if he can "imprint" you. The results are pretty entertaining. » 1/08/15 12:19pm 1/08/15 12:19pm

Watch Person Of Interest's Crew Go Inside The Brains Of Wall Street

Lately, Person of Interest has been serving up trenchant commentary about the ways that computers rule our lives, thanks to its story of clashing A.I.s. But tomorrow night's episode is going to go even deeper into our computer dependence — just watch this exclusive clip, where we go inside the real brains of Wall St. » 1/05/15 4:12pm 1/05/15 4:12pm

Amy Acker Tells Us The Big Question Of Person Of Interest Season 4

Person of Interest just ended its fall season with a hell of a cliffhanger. What happens next? We won't know until January 6, when the next episode airs. But Amy Acker, who plays Root, tells us that episode was their most challenging to film. And she also tells us the big question that lies beneath the show's fourth… » 12/19/14 10:55am 12/19/14 10:55am

A Mind-Blowing Explanation Of Existentialism In The Terminator Films

It's no accident that Sarah Connor's famous dictum that there is "No fate but what we make" closely resembles Jean-Paul Sartre's first principle of existentialism, that "Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself." As philosophy grad student Ro Smith explains in the above video (and accompanying essay),… » 12/15/14 5:30pm 12/15/14 5:30pm