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Self/Less Proves That The “Posthuman Thriller” Is A Thing Now

Self/Less, the new movie starring Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds, clearly wants to remind you of Limitless, the hit movie from 2011. There’s the similar title, but also another story of human enhancement with a dark side. And Self/Less proves that “posthuman thrillers” are becoming a genre. » 7/08/15 8:00am 7/08/15 8:00am

Ethan Hawke Is A Tortured Drone Pilot In The Dystopian Good Kill

Director Andrew Niccol is best known for creating futuristic dystopias, like Gattaca or In Time. But he's often at his best when he creates a dystopia that's set in a darker version of the "now," like Lord of War. Check out the trailer for Good Kill, where Niccol is holding up a dark mirror to the present. » 1/07/15 3:30pm 1/07/15 3:30pm

7 Dystopian Technologies That Would Never Exist in Real Life

Everybody loves dystopias nowadays — especially dystopias where the evil overlords have crazy unstoppable gear. But a shockingly high number of dystopian futures feature technology that makes no sense, that no engineer would ever design that way. Here are 7 dystopian technologies that could never actually happen. » 8/09/13 10:16am 8/09/13 10:16am

First footage from The Host is a dystopian thrill ride — with one huge…

After the Twilight panel at San Diego Comic Con, there was a huge surprise — the first footage from The Host, the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's alien-invasion novel directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Now). And the good news is, The Host looks like a beautifully shot movie with some lovely action sequences. There's… » 7/12/12 2:42pm 7/12/12 2:42pm

Real and fictional technologies that aim to find your perfect mate

If a computer could pair you up with a perfect mate, would you want its advice? If an artificial intelligence could train you to woo the partner of your dreams, would you seek its wisdom? What if technologies were better at finding and attracting the object of your ideal romance than you were? What if they already are? » 7/01/12 9:00am 7/01/12 9:00am

Shipmates In Love: The Best Real-Life Scifi Couples

Wonderful news, scifi lovers - Lisa Bonet (Life On Mars) and Jason Momoa (Ronon from Stargate Atlantis) are expecting another little bundle of joy. This will be the second child for the couple (Bonet's third), and we send those two nothing but interstellar good wishes. Their happy news got me thinking that this is a… » 10/17/08 7:30am 10/17/08 7:30am

10 Amusing Things to Do with Your Genome

Click to view » 9/21/08 2:00pm 9/21/08 2:00pmWith new — and that's Single-Molecule Real-Time, not cutespeak for "smart" — it might soon be possible to get the complete details of your own genome for the price of an iPod. At long last, you'll be able to prove to the world that you truly are a beautiful and unique snowflake. That, however, is only…

Genetic Discrimination Banned — Gattaca Still Possible?

Yesterday the United States Congress passed the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA), which bans health insurance companies and your employers from using your genetic information against you. This is a major step in the right direction, but does it go far enough to prevent a dystopian, Gattaca-style… » 4/25/08 1:40pm 4/25/08 1:40pm