DARPA Tried to Build Skynet in the 1980s

From 1983 to 1993 DARPA spent over $1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency's goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They… »12/18/13 6:50pm12/18/13 6:50pm

Could super-realistic avatars of dead presidents influence election results?

A new technology called cognitive video regeneration has seemingly brought Ronald Reagan back from the dead — a potential glimpse into how politics might be played in the future — if not the present. The technology was developed by a company called Seyyer, who has created the Reagan "Live From the Other Side" series… »9/17/12 4:40pm9/17/12 4:40pm

What happened when a 7th grader asked Ronald Reagan to declare his bedroom a federal disaster area

In 1984, a young boy named Andy Smith came up with a clever scheme to get his room cleaned with minimal effort: he would convince President Ronald Reagan to have his room declared a federal disaster area and then clean his room with the resulting funds. But the president didn't exactly send folks in biohazard suits to… »6/30/12 2:00pm6/30/12 2:00pm