It’s forty years today since K-9 was left off the leash in The Invisible Enemy by Bob Baker and Dave Martin. The original robot dog, voiced by John Leeson, was the creation of Professor Marinus in the year 5000. Behind the scenes, it was a reaction to the popularity of R2-D2 and Star Wars in general that prompted his…
UK booksellers Waterstone’s have an interview with Becky Chambers, author of A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet and A Closed And Common Orbit.
Or rather, Dick Spanner with all the nuts tightened together. This is a Gerry Anderson produced show that frequently flies under the radar and it is coming back to DVD this September.
An old colleague of mine once revealed that her family had been guinea pigs for an innovative new substance. For a year or so they got to sample a strange powder which if you added hot water instantly turned into mashed potato. Their reactions to this daily diet were duly documented for the company responsible, namely…
CBC News report that the terraforming nanobots that swarmed over tonight’s episode of Doctor Who are named after a computer science professor from a Newfoundland university.
If you are in London during the next two months (ending April 23rd) then the Cartoon Museum is having a bit of a beano celebrating forty years of 2000AD. Judge Dredd, Dan Dare, Slaine et al are all on display.
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I’m assuming that either we’ve all become Fallout widows or the zombie apocalypse has consumed the bulk of the Deckers we all know and love because this place is quieter than a morgue on Halloween, so let’s have a nice chat about absolutely nothing and everything, all at the same time!
Several months back io9 posted a story about quadrapedal robots getting kicked and shoved around by humans. There many jokes about robot retribution but I saw it a different way. To me this was the equivalent of the first lungfish heaving themselves, gasping, onto land. Learning is often painful. A child has to dry…
This episode was probably the best, it was by turns the most touching, the most disturbing and the most creepy. All points an android drama need to touch if it’s going to go beyond Holmes and YoYo.
A little girl from the town Timmins, Ontario with the cool name of Cash Cayen was stoked to see a summer robotics program being offered at her local library. The library’s assistant director refused her registration, saying that only boys were allowed to participate. The reason being that “boys’ academic and literacy…
What do you do when you’re sued for wasting taxpayer money on a giant robot statue? Tear it down, and use more taxpayer money on a generic theropod dinosaur statue instead. Obviously.
There's a killer party, and plenty WiFelons to go around. And the expression "hoisted by your own petard" WAS better explained by By Britta. So please go look at the episode, because I can't quite get the greatness of it in text form. Alternatively look out Dan Harmon's podcast, as it came from him.
The Personal Robot is meant to be your very own personal assistant that will wake you in the morning, schedule appointments, monitor the smart devices in your house and even read bedtime stories to your kids.
Be still my robotic heart! The level of detail is astounding and makes the renders look more like production models than concept art. The robotic organs are a fantastic concept and give the robots a sort of macabre humanity. The next sci-fi blockbuster needs make use of these robot designs.
That was TOTALLY rad. I just wish they'd have given the generic military guy a proper haircut beforehand.
Earlier this year, I began a series of zodiac inspired paintings featuring android girls exploring the cosmos. As I paint, I like to make up stories about what’s going on in the piece. I thought it would be a fun experiment to invite a group of authors to write stories based on the illustrations, but with no…
YouTuber The Hacksmith has been working on his Elysium-inspired exoskeleton for a long time. Now it's finally paid off: The pneumatic-powered cyborg arms let him curl more than 170 pounds like it's an empty pillow sack, complete with exactly the sort of robotic sounds you'd expect.
Welcome to the year 2014, we are in the era of self driving cars, personal assistants living inside your phone and where a cashier robot will happily help you with your shopping at the supermarket. Machines are taking over more and more responsibility for jobs once held by humans, and CGP Grey's latest video lays out…