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Is “NORMAN” the First A.I. Psychopath? His Creators Say So

Researchers at MIT Media Lab sound a little bit scared of their recent creation: a neural network dubbed “Norman” (named after PSYCHO killer Norman Bates), whom they claim is exhibiting thought processes that are closest to “psychopathic” as any A.I. has ever come. Part of Norman’s introduction to the public was staged as an April […]

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Yes, Robot Spiders Exist Now… Want to See One in Action?

When robotics Professor Ingo Rechenberg observed a strange spider in the Sahara Desert a decade ago, the arachnid’s unusual form of locomotion ended up inspiring the design for his latest robot design, which was recently revealed to the public for this year’s Hannover Messe technology fair in Germany. The “BionicWheelBot” was designed by Rechenberg for […]

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Will Smith Has a Date with Sophia the Robot… and it Doesn’t Go Well [VIDEO]

Will Smith has shared the screen with all manner of robots, aliens, zombies and other beings… and his characters tend to deal with them by shooting them, punching them or blowing them up (usually followed by a clever catchphrase). But Will Smith the actor has never really tried an alternate strategy — like, for example, […]

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His Name is Charles the Robot… and He’s Watching You Very Closely

It seems the snarky but stylish “social robot” Sophia [recently spotted rocking a new look] now has some serious competition for a starring role in your next nightmare… or perhaps as Imperious Leader of the robot uprising that will “destroy humans” (Sophia’s own words). His name is Charles, and while he’s not nearly as urbane […]

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Watch the Real-Life Inspiration for BLACK MIRROR’s Terrifying METALHEAD Episode [VIDEO]

[Warning: Some spoilers ahead] We don’t review new films or TV shows on these pages — that’s not our beat. Besides, there are plenty of sites that have the review thing nailed down. But we do make it our business to unearth and analyze some of the web’s most unnerving videos, news items and images […]