Within A Decade, Every Nation Will Have Weaponized Drones

Governments around the world will soon have a new tool to fight wars, carry out assassinations and suppress domestic dissent. According to military experts, the capability to build or purchase lethal aerial drones is spreading so fast that we've passed the point where we can do anything to prevent it. » 5/07/14 11:40am 5/07/14 11:40am

​Peter Singer and David Brin to speak at animal personhood conference

The final list of speakers has been announced for Personhood Beyond the Human, a conference devoted to the issue of granting human-like legal protections to a select group of highly sapient nonhuman animals. » 11/22/13 2:34pm 11/22/13 2:34pm

Would Living Forever Make Us Happier?

Legendary philosopher Peter Singer once imagined a scenario where a pill could double human lifespan, and argued that such a world would never be as happy as one without the medicine. Science fiction author and philosopher Russell Blackford disagrees. » 1/09/10 9:00am 1/09/10 9:00am

In 20 Years, The Navy Will Be Full Of Riddicks

The U.S. Navy is looking towards the world of 2030, when its newest recruits will be just retiring. There'll be lasers, remote-controlled planes... and eye surgery to help you see in the dark. » 1/04/10 2:00pm 1/04/10 2:00pm

The Best Of io9's '09 Interviews: Our Favorite Strange Encounters

This year io9 got to quiz some of the galaxy's most interesting people. We found out what Maurice Sendak didn't like about his Wild Things movie, talked TSCC philosophy with Josh Friedman, and quizzed Zack Snyder about the Watchmen changes. » 12/31/09 8:00am 12/31/09 8:00am

What Happens When Wars Are Fought By Robots?

Journalist Peter Singer has a new book out called Wired for War, about all the scifi-influenced tech being deployed on battlefields right now, including autonomous robots. He explains the folly of robot war. » 1/30/09 2:44pm 1/30/09 2:44pm