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

New 'Gattaca' DVD Brings High Def to Genetic Fascist Dystopia

Andrew Niccol's film Gattaca seems like it's been swept under the carpet and behind the radiator lately, which is surprising given the current obsession with stem cells, in utero fetal testing, and the human genome. In fact, there's a whole generation out there who haven't even seen this film. Breathe easy, because… » 1/07/08 4:00pm 1/07/08 4:00pm