In This Short Film, The Robot Uprising Starts With Our Military Drones

In the future, the US government has removed human oversight from its drone missions, leaving unmanned military operations and surveillance to an AI. But the folks behind the project regret that decision when the AI starts targeting humanity at large. » 11/13/14 1:08pm 11/13/14 1:08pm

Retro Propaganda Posters from the Robot Uprising

Animator and illustrator Tom Kyzivat reaches all the way back to Metropolis to create the classic feel for his series of Murderous Automaton posters. The massive mechanical rebels on his propaganda posters are menacing, but their quest to usher in the Atomic Age would be inspiring if they weren't trying to exterminate… » 3/03/13 7:00am 3/03/13 7:00am

Robot behavior reveals the fundamental structure of deception

We've invented robots who can obey you. And now we have ones who can just pretend to obey you. Over at Georgia Tech's Mobile Robot Lab, researchers have spent over a decade studying potential military uses for robots. And what could be better for stealthy ops than a robot who is programmed to lie? » 12/05/12 10:19am 12/05/12 10:19am

Noodle-shaving robots are replacing human cooks, and look pretty evil…

According to Chef Cui Runquan, young people in China no longer want to take jobs as noodle shavers, so he created the "Chef Cui" robot to handle the slicing duty in noodle shops. Now, he has an entire army of Ultraman-ish robot slicers, and they look poised for a delicious robot uprising. » 9/02/12 11:00am 9/02/12 11:00am

This is how a real robot uprising would play out

XKCD's Randall Munroe has a pretty serious background in robotics. As a kid he designed underwater ROVs and programmed battlebots. As a college grad, he worked on robots for a little organization called NASA. Maybe you've heard of it. » 8/02/12 12:38pm 8/02/12 12:38pm

Watch a horrifying car ad that shows our robot-dominated future

When robots control our entire existence, life will be bleak and joyless, according to this recent Dodge ad, crafted by Carl Erik Rinsch, director of the hot science fiction short The Gift and the upcoming 47 Ronin. » 5/02/11 12:46pm 5/02/11 12:46pm

News article from 80 years ago warns of the impending robot age

Anxiety over the mechanization of labor isn't a new phenomenon. In 1931, Modern Mechanics asked, "Is man doomed by the machine age?" Learn about the dangers of "robot music" and how miniature golf is a catalyst for economic progress. » 11/08/10 2:00pm 11/08/10 2:00pm

Meet Suzette, the chat program that convinced an expert she was human

Have you met Suzette? If you have, you might not know it — because Suzette has passed the Turing Test. This chatbot convinced a judge that she was a human. » 10/26/10 1:00pm 10/26/10 1:00pm

The giant robot rampage is here — wear it with pride!

A giant killer robot stalks the cityscape, in this awesome new T-shirt from designer Mingo Lamberti, with art by Wesley Van Eerden. It's just part of Lamberti's new "Sci-fi Range" of T-shirts with gorgeous art prints, including steampunk and apes. » 9/27/10 12:20pm 9/27/10 12:20pm

Denny's Joins The Resistance, Fights The Machines

This surprisingly clever Denny's commercial pits humans against machines, when the kitchen helper asks, "When do you think we'll get a human substitute?" Glad to have the Grand Slamwich on our team. » 4/30/09 9:30am 4/30/09 9:30am

Sarah Connor's Future Just Keeps Getting Worse

Friday's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles proved, once and for all, that the Riley storyline was worth hanging in there for. Not to mention, that a character-driven drama can also raise tough philosophical questions. Spoilers! » 3/22/09 1:14pm 3/22/09 1:14pm

No One's Kicking BigDog, Now That This Robot Has Horns

BigDog has been weaponized, with gigantic freaking bull horns. You remember that scary-as-hell walking military bot, whose owners videotaped themselves slo-mo kicking the crap out of him? Now BigDog will have revenge. » 3/19/09 6:30am 3/19/09 6:30am