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.
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…
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.