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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Giant mechanical mosquitoes will conquer nature!

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… » 8/23/13 7:00am 8/23/13 7:00am

Finally, we have invented a machine that draws penises for us

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… » 6/07/13 10:40am 6/07/13 10:40am

Physicist Builds Machine to Remove Cream from Oreos, Changes EVERYTHING

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.* » 2/27/13 6:40am 2/27/13 6:40am

Atomic Structures Captured by New, Ultra-Powerful Microscope

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… » 1/23/08 7:20am 1/23/08 7:20am