Why Asimov's Three Laws Of Robotics Can't Protect Us

It's been 50 years since Isaac Asimov devised his famous Three Laws of Robotics — a set of rules designed to ensure friendly robot behavior. Though intended as a literary device, these laws are heralded by some as a ready-made prescription for avoiding the robopocalypse. We spoke to the experts to find out if Asimov's… » 3/28/14 9:00am 3/28/14 9:00am

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future. » 3/17/14 10:07am 3/17/14 10:07am

7 Utopias that Changed the Future

Though "Utopia" means "nowhere," many real-life societies have been strongly influenced by various concepts of a perfect realm where humans live in harmony with each other. Here are some of the most influential Utopian visions — and how they changed our distinctly non-Utopian world. » 3/11/14 12:07pm 3/11/14 12:07pm

With Regard to the Footballs

One of the top comments on yesterday's post about a picture of Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen all geared up for the Super Bowl came from NGEFAN, who wrote: "I've never understood the dislike/indifference towards American football and sports in general that people have on here." On that point, I'd like to clarify… » 2/02/14 10:15am 2/02/14 10:15am

The 7 Most Intriguing Philosophical Arguments for the Existence of God

Nietzsche is famous for saying that God is dead, but news of The Almighty's demise may have been greatly exaggerated. Here are some of the most fascinating and provocative philosophical arguments for the existence of God. » 1/23/14 10:10am 1/23/14 10:10am

Does The Vampire Diaries laugh at any notion of absolute morality?

Last night's episode of Vampire Diaries asks a pretty simple question: Why can Damon be forgiven over and over, for being a serial-killer and bad friend, when Katherine is beyond forgiveness? The answer seems to be: moral relativism is sexy, dammit. » 12/13/13 2:22pm 12/13/13 2:22pm

What will jail terms be like when humans can live for centuries?

Radical life extension is coming. That means future societies will have to do a dramatic rethink of our ideas about how long offenders should be imprisoned and — more crucially — the ways they'll be rehabilitated. » 11/11/13 11:03am 11/11/13 11:03am

Is time real?

It's more than some half-baked question from your college days. Time and its "real"-ness are, in fact, major considerations in fields like physics and philosophy. But then, what does that question – Is time real? – even mean? Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll gets down to brass tacks on time, reality, and how we… » 10/17/13 1:08pm 10/17/13 1:08pm

9 Philosophical Thought Experiments That Will Keep You Up at Night

Sometimes, the best way to illustrate a complicated philosophical concept is by framing it as a story or situation. Here are nine such thought experiments with downright disturbing implications. » 9/18/13 10:00am 9/18/13 10:00am