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New Device Brings Computers a Step Closer to Mind-Reading

While we’re not quite to the point where machines can read our thoughts (despite what the conspiracy theorists claim), this new development suggests the technology is getting closer to reality. Currently under development at University of California San Francisco, a device known as a “neuroprosthesis” can actually recognize electrical impulses generated by the brain when […]

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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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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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Amazon Echo Users Creeped Out by Alexa’s Unexplained Bursts of Laughter

A.I. tech can be a wonderful thing… until it turns on you. In what seems like the first stage of the robot apocalypse we’ve all been warned about, users of Amazon Echo devices have been freaking out over an apparent glitch that randomly replaces voice-enabled assistant Alexa’s soothing, helpful tones with spontaneous fits of extremely […]

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The World’s Creepiest “Social Robot” Is Now a Glam-Droid

If you missed our prior coverage of the world-famous “gynoid” named Sophia, we can catch you up pretty easily: Designed and built by Hanson Robotics and unveiled at South By Southwest in March 2016, Sophia is an extremely sophisticated robot whose highly-advanced A.I. programming enables her to learn and develop precise communication skills and replicate […]

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Lead Your Own Diabolical Death Cult on THE SHROUDED ISLE!

There are tons of mind-bendingly strange and confounding computer games available from the Steam community… but the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired, elegantly nightmarish “cult simulator” THE SHROUDED ISLE stands out as kind of brilliant in its doom-filled weirdness. Designed by Kitfox Games (the team behind MOON HUNTERS and SHATTERED PLANET), the scenario of ISLE is deceptively straightforward: […]

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Five Mysterious Objects That Should Not Exist

The five objects and technologies below should not exist. They are tangible, physical evidence that history, culture and perhaps even Reality itself are a collection of agreed-upon theories instead of verifiable fact. They’re physical glitches in the Matrix, as it were. These five things include out-of-place archaeological finds, objects that indicate ancients used advanced technology, […]

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Mystery Hacker Trolls a Computer Class — Then the REAL Horror Begins

Technology’s pervasive hold on our day-to-day lives is one of the most common themes in creepypasta horror stories… but today’s featured tale gets right to the heart of the beast, so to speak. The following information comes from a cached blog formerly hosted on the private server of Clearwood Elementary School in Lawton, New Jersey. […]

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One Horrifying Reason You Should NEVER Download “KNOB.exe”

Today’s entry comes from the journal of Sally Goodman from Dayton, Ohio — one of three siblings who have posted on various discussion boards about the paranormal experiences which seem to have plagued the Goodman family for years. While her brothers John and Henry have written about freakish spectral intruders in their own homes, Sally’s […]

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Visitors to “BlindMaiden.com” Encounter Unspeakable Horror… and Death

As of this writing, if you visit the URL BlindMaiden.com, you will likely find a dead link (no pun intended)… but if the rumors are true, there’s a slim chance you might actually be able to access the site after all. The thing is, after I explain the story behind it, you’d probably want to […]