Empathic Virtual Humans will Pass the Voight-Kampff Test

The robotic Replicants in Blade Runner were indistinguishable from humans except for their lack of empathy. Now researchers are creating virtual humans that can detect human emotions through non-verbal cues and develop appropriate responses. This could lead to artificial life forms who are not only intelligent, but… » 12/08/08 2:07pm 12/08/08 2:07pm

The Shiniest Stories On io9 Last Week

Too busy trying to build your own science fiction franchise from scratch? Don't worry, we've compiled a list of the best stories of the week, just for you. Highlights this week include great geeky causes to give to this holiday, a new kronk burger (extra rare), an exclusive look behind the scenes at the original The… » 12/05/08 4:00pm 12/05/08 4:00pm

Aldrin Says First Manned Mission to Mars Should be a One Way Trip

Buzz Aldrin has stepped from his pedestal once again to talk about the space program. No longer content to bash science fiction for destroying interest in real space exploration, Aldrin has turned his attention to a crewed mission to Mars, saying that if we do send humans to the Red Planet, we shouldn’t bother bringing … » 10/24/08 8:40am 10/24/08 8:40am