The Turing Test, which is intended to detect human-like intelligence in a machine, is fundamentally flawed. But that doesn't mean it can't be improved or modified. Here are eight proposed alternatives that could help us distinguish bot from human. »
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.
There is simply nothing better than a giant machine. Nothing. Not convinced? We've got a gallery of some of the most enormous machines in history that will take your breath away. »
In 1921, Dr. Gustav Luchy, a Swiss scientist, and the Chevalier Pini, an inventor, collaborated on devising a machine to conquer the Antarctic. They needed a model on which to base their invention — something that sheltered its crew, but was more maneuverable than a train or car. So of course, they settled on the… »
David Neevel has always been on the cutting edge of incredibly necessary technology. Now, he's outdone himself, making a machine that can not only draw a penis with the mere push of a button, but also write the word "penis." It's amazing. Still, I feel bad for all the people whose penis-drawing jobs have now been… »
Chances are you're typing on a keyboard as you read this. But could you imagine typing on a set of keys like the ones above? The typewriter keyboard has a long and colorful history — and here are some eye-opening pictures of typewriters from the past two centuries. »
Physicist, artist and copywriter David Neevel is all business, which is to say he's all about the cookie. Neevel so abhors creme filling, he built an Oreo Separator Machine (OSM) to first split the tasty sandwich in twain, and then flay its frosty white coating by way of a carefully calibrated CNC machine.* »
There is nothing more awesome than watching industrial machines do what they are made to do. And here, in this Russian report on a giant mobile drill, you can see what I hope will one day turn up in a comic book with a mutant alien who hates Green Lantern riding on the back of it. »
Coal, steam, and human power helped bridge the gap between the machines that kicked off the industrial revolution and the advent of electricity and internal combustion engines, but in some places, man's best friend provided the power that kept machines moving. »
The years haven't been kind to the Terminator franchise, after that whole Terminator Salvation debacle. Fortunately for Skynet fans, Gale Anne Hurd, the executive producer and a cowriter of The Terminator, recently expressed interest in reviving the franchise. »
We've all seen the commercials that say the Navy is "working every day to unman the front lines." How do we do this while avoiding an Asimovian situation where our robots go crazy? And is that even possible? »
This gigantic tool is an ore-grinding machine at the Kumtore gold mine, the largest in Central Asia. The mine clings to the side of the Tien Shien mountain range, 4200 meters above sea level in Issyk Kul Province, Kyrgyzstan. Want to see the process of smelting gold up there in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan?
Boris Artzybasheff was an artist and illustrator during the early twentieth century, drawing hundreds of magazine covers and publishing illustrated books. According to the Hollywood Animation Archive, which has several of his originals in their collection, Artzybasheff said: "I am thrilled by machinery's force,… »
This machine can taste the quality in your cup of espresso, and can identify coffee types nearly as accurately as a panel of trained human espresso tasters. How does it work? »
This image shows the precise arrangement of atoms that form a bridge between two gold crystals. Until yesterday, you would not have been able to see that image — at least, not with such clarity and color. It's the product one of the world's most powerful transmission electron microscopes, installed yesterday at UC… »