I wish I could see more of the build process for artist Koka Nikoladze’s mechanical beat machines, but the little teasers of shaping springs and wires and wood in the video will have to do. In the end, the machines become adorably weird music boxes that are totally programmable and can “produce different kinds of…
One of my life dreams as a child was to be able to fool a vending machine with quarter-like objects. I mean, how smart could a vending machine be, right? Wrong. More like how dumb a kid I was. Vending machines use light sensors to measure the size of a coin and electromagnets to detect the metal type to determine what…
Even if you saw how big the machine was and knew how it worked beforehnd, the little perfectly choreographed dance that all the little parts of this giant braiding machine does to weave together fiberglass is so damn impressive that you can’t really take your eyes away from it. Each strand just falls right in place…
Yum. If I were a giant shredder, I can’t imagine many things more fun to crush and destroy and eat than bulletproof glass. The way it completely shatters into glass dust, the fight it gives because it’s so strong, it’s all so damn satisfying. Watch the destruction below, as the shredder takes down all the ballistic…
The Turing Test, which is intended to detect human-like intelligence in a machine, is fundamentally flawed. But that doesn't mean it can't be improved or modified. Here are eight proposed alternatives that could help us distinguish bot from human.
The Machine, in select theaters today, is a harrowing low-budget movie about what happens when the military tries to develop its own artificial intelligence. We spoke to writer/director Caradog W. James about his research on real-life military experiments, and the worst thing that could possibly happen with A.I.
There is simply nothing better than a giant machine. Nothing. Not convinced? We've got a gallery of some of the most enormous machines in history that will take your breath away.
In 1921, Dr. Gustav Luchy, a Swiss scientist, and the Chevalier Pini, an inventor, collaborated on devising a machine to conquer the Antarctic. They needed a model on which to base their invention — something that sheltered its crew, but was more maneuverable than a train or car. So of course, they settled on the…
David Neevel has always been on the cutting edge of incredibly necessary technology. Now, he's outdone himself, making a machine that can not only draw a penis with the mere push of a button, but also write the word "penis." It's amazing. Still, I feel bad for all the people whose penis-drawing jobs have now been…
Chances are you're typing on a keyboard as you read this. But could you imagine typing on a set of keys like the ones above? The typewriter keyboard has a long and colorful history — and here are some eye-opening pictures of typewriters from the past two centuries.
Physicist, artist and copywriter David Neevel is all business, which is to say he's all about the cookie. Neevel so abhors creme filling, he built an Oreo Separator Machine (OSM) to first split the tasty sandwich in twain, and then flay its frosty white coating by way of a carefully calibrated CNC machine.*
There is nothing more awesome than watching industrial machines do what they are made to do. And here, in this Russian report on a giant mobile drill, you can see what I hope will one day turn up in a comic book with a mutant alien who hates Green Lantern riding on the back of it.
Coal, steam, and human power helped bridge the gap between the machines that kicked off the industrial revolution and the advent of electricity and internal combustion engines, but in some places, man's best friend provided the power that kept machines moving.
The years haven't been kind to the Terminator franchise, after that whole Terminator Salvation debacle. Fortunately for Skynet fans, Gale Anne Hurd, the executive producer and a cowriter of The Terminator, recently expressed interest in reviving the franchise.
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.
We've all seen the commercials that say the Navy is "working every day to unman the front lines." How do we do this while avoiding an Asimovian situation where our robots go crazy? And is that even possible?
The next project for Troy Nixey, director of gremlin creature feature Don't Be Afraid of The Dark, is a science fiction feature, Simple Machines. In a change from the plague of remakes, it's an original tale of a reclusive inventor.
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!
This gigantic tool is an ore-grinding machine at the Kumtore gold mine, the largest in Central Asia. The mine clings to the side of the Tien Shien mountain range, 4200 meters above sea level in Issyk Kul Province, Kyrgyzstan. Want to see the process of smelting gold up there in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan?