J.J. Abrams' Pet Peeve: When Futuristic Stories Use Present-Day Jargon

Sunday sees the first episode of Almost Human, the android-cyborg buddy cop show from some of the peeps behind Fringe. Co-creator J.J. Abrams has been doing interviews to promote the show, and he brought up the biggest thing that annoys him in future-set stories: anachronistically present-day references. » 11/14/13 9:40am 11/14/13 9:40am

The horrifying truth about Google's secret project

For weeks, the internet has been buzzing about Google's sexy secret project, a massive barge piled with customized shipping containers floating in the San Francisco Bay. Was it a secret data center, soon to be outside national jurisdiction? A rejuvenation lab for Ray Kurzweil? No. The truth is much worse. » 11/08/13 12:15pm 11/08/13 12:15pm

Will humans continue to evolve during multigenerational space missions?

Scientific American has posted an interview and podcast with Portland State University anthropologist Cameron Smith about the ways in which humans might evolve during extended missions in space. Given the intense timeframes involved, Smith speculates about the various ways in which Darwinian pressures will continue… » 12/20/12 12:30pm 12/20/12 12:30pm

This prophecy about North America's super-mega-earthquakes in 1998…

Remember how the North American continent was torn asunder in the late 1990s by geological forces beyond all comprehension? Remember how Denver became a seaport and Long Island was lost to the ocean? Those were the days. Let's recollect these halcyon years of tectonic upheaval with precognitive futurist Gordon Michael… » 9/26/12 8:50am 9/26/12 8:50am

According to a 1918 science magazine, the Earth would transform into a…

In the May 1918 issue of the youth science and current events periodical My Magazine, an unnamed author played it particularly fast and loose with geophysics when he declared that the planet was slowly becoming a pyramid. "What sort of people will live on the tetrahedron?" screamed the author in the headline, somewhat… » 3/12/12 11:50am 3/12/12 11:50am

Will Ray Kurzweil make Roland Emmerich's Singularity movie even more…

Roland Emmerich has pushed bad science to its limit before, most notably with the amazing 2012. But for his upcoming movie Singularity, he's actually enlisting the help of Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Near, to help him revise the script. On the one hand, this means the movie will accurately reflect… » 11/10/11 4:16pm 11/10/11 4:16pm

Ray Kurzweil uses math to prove that we have no energy crisis

Futurist and singularitarian Ray Kurzweil recently told PBS' Lauren Feeney that we don't need to worry about peak oil or carbon emissions. That's a relief. He's applied his "law of accelerating returns," developed to describe the way consumer electronics improve exponentially, to the field of solar power. Kurzweil… » 2/22/11 7:40am 2/22/11 7:40am