This Clip Shows Why People Are Comparing The Machine To Blade Runner

The British cyberpunk thriller The Machine has gotten pretty upbeat reviews, with Kim Newman calling it "brimming with ideas" and other reviewers comparing it to Blade Runner. And now here's an exclusive clip from the film, in which you can see a hint of those big ideas for yourself. » 4/01/14 6:00pm 4/01/14 6:00pm

Amy Acker Tells Us About The Evolution Of Root On Person Of Interest

Person of Interest has been dealing with some heavy themes lately — determinism, artificial intelligence, surveillance, posthumanity — and the hacker known as Root has been at the center of all of them. We talked to Amy Acker, who plays Root, and she told us what to expect from Root's continuing evolution. » 3/20/14 11:56am 3/20/14 11:56am

In Shovel Ready, the real terror isn't Hell on Earth, but Cyber-Heaven

In Adam Sternbergh's novel Shovel Ready, the world has gone to shit after a dirty bomb hit New York — but the really horrifying part isn't the squalor on the streets or the random violence. It's the virtual world that the rich have escaped to, and the virtual afterlife that one televangelist is trying to build. » 1/21/14 1:53pm 1/21/14 1:53pm

Robot Separatists: The Best Stories About A.I.s Leaving Humanity Behind

When we finally create artificial intelligences and supersmart robots, everybody expects the very next thing they'll try and do is wipe out humanity. Right? Maybe not. Some artificial creations just want to be left alone, to do their own thing. Here's our semi-complete list of stories about robot separatists. » 10/01/13 2:34pm 10/01/13 2:34pm

Why the User Interface in Hackers Hasn't Aged That Badly

A lot of the stuff about the movie Hackers looks really dated now, especially some of the fashions and the way it depicts hacking. But the user interface still looks pretty good, compared to a lot of other stuff from the era. Paul Franklin, the Academy Award-winning special effects designer who's worked on all… » 1/25/13 2:13pm 1/25/13 2:13pm

How would the William Gibson of 1984 have described the Internet of…

William Gibson coined the term "cyberspace" and he's still predicting the myriad possibilities of our technological tomorrows, but how might Gibson have described our modern Internet at the time he was writing Neuromancer? Over at Something Awful, Zack Parsons' short parody of Gibson's writing style imagines how our… » 1/06/13 8:30am 1/06/13 8:30am

A Dystopian Movie that Gives You the Glorious Weirdness that All the…

The publicity materials for the new Russian movie Generation P describe it as William Gibson meets William S. Burroughs. Which is a pretty bold claim. But with its strange drug trips, ancient conspiracies and computer-generated politicians, this weird satire of Yeltsin-era crony capitalism almost lives up to those two… » 12/05/12 9:00am 12/05/12 9:00am

Psychotic robot heads are a girl's worst friend in the techno thriller

In Richard Stanley's post-apocalyptic techno-thriller Hardware (1990), Dylan McDermott plays Moses, an aptly named desert wanderer who scavenges the wasteland for salvage. On his way to visit his industrial artist girlfriend Jill (Stacey Travis), Moses and his sidekick Shades (John Lynch) purchase a mysterious robot… » 11/17/12 12:30pm 11/17/12 12:30pm

Is Bill and Ted the most realistic time travel movie of all time?

What are the dumbest tropes in time travel fiction? This week on the io9 show, we recount the temporal storylines that drive us nuts. And then we catch up with Caltech physicist Sean Carroll, who explains how time travel could happen in real life — and why Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure might be the most… » 9/28/12 10:30am 9/28/12 10:30am