12 Low-Budget Robot Movies That Are Better Than Transformers

This weekend, we'll all be watching giant robots turn into trucks and dinosaurs, and it'll be like fireworks for your brain. But robots can do more than just throw down — they can make us question the nature of existence. Here are 12 mindblowing indie movies about robots that you could watch instead of Transformers. » 6/25/14 10:21am 6/25/14 10:21am

The Machine's Director Takes Us Inside The Worst-Case Scenario For A.I.

The Machine, in select theaters today, is a harrowing low-budget movie about what happens when the military tries to develop its own artificial intelligence. We spoke to writer/director Caradog W. James about his research on real-life military experiments, and the worst thing that could possibly happen with A.I.
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Upcoming Genre Movies That Aren't Sequels, Remakes or Reboots

Sometimes it seems like every movie is either a sequel or a reboot. They remade Robocop and Godzilla. They're releasing sequels to the reboots of Spider-Man and Planet of the Apes. But there are still tons of original films in the pipeline. Here are over 50 forthcoming movies that aren't sequels, remakes or prequels. » 3/24/14 1:30pm 3/24/14 1:30pm

The most useless machine on Earth gets an upgrade

When Wired posted its list of "The World's Most Annoying Technologies" a few weeks back, "The Most Useless Machine" (a box with a toggle switch, which, when flipped, causes a mechanical nubbin to emerge from inside the box, flip the switch back, then retreat back inside the box) didn't even get an honorable mention. » 1/02/13 7:30am 1/02/13 7:30am

Watch the world's most complex Rube Goldberg machine in action

Yesterday, Purdue University's Society of Professional Engineers broke a world record, creating the world's largest Rube Goldberg device. "Largest" here means containing the most steps, and Purdue's machine goes through 300 steps to inflate and then pop a balloon. The previous record-holder? Purdue University, which… » 4/08/12 2:30pm 4/08/12 2:30pm

In Machine, a woman deals with loss in a world of biomechanical…

In this excerpt from new novel Machine, by Jennifer Pelland (Apex Publications), a woman named Celia with a troubled past has just lost her wife because she's chosen to become a bioandroid. Celia lives in a future of underground surgeries, bio-mechanical implants, and posthuman politics. In this chapter we begin to… » 3/12/12 4:30pm 3/12/12 4:30pm

Kafka’s Killing Machine Performs Its Torture Ballet

As if reading In the Penal Colony » 10/23/08 12:00pm 10/23/08 12:00pm wasn’t enough to give you Terry Gilliam-flavored nightmares, artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have brought the story’s gruesome execution device to life. Now visitors to Modern Art Oxford can watch the mechanical monstrosity rehearse its chilling dance of death while…

The Victorian-Era Supercomputer And The Genius Who Created It

The London Science Museum finally completed work on the Victorian era's greatest supercomputer, the Difference Engine No. 2, 120 years after the death of inventor Charles Babbage. This five-ton machine is currently traveling across the pond to San Francisco, and will go on display in America for the first time… » 4/18/08 3:30pm 4/18/08 3:30pm