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Robot Frightens London Pub Patrons in WESTWORLD Promo Stunt [VIDEO]

It’s starting to seem like the creators of HBO series WESTWORLD might know something we don’t — like when and how robots are going to overthrow humans’ reign on Earth. As if creepy robotic “ambassadors” like Sophia and Charles aren’t nightmarish enough in their lab-controlled settings, it would seem our future A.I. overlords are sending […]

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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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VIDEO: This Snake Robot Will Crawl Into Your Next Nightmare

Which would scare you more: snakes slithering into your house, or creepy robots [like these BLACK MIRROR monstrosities] stomping their way through your front door? Well, now you don’t have to choose anymore — thanks to a team of Harvard researchers, who managed to combine both terrors in one giant, slithering creation. In a study published […]

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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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Underwater Camera Footage Reveals LIVE SHARKS Inside an Active Volcano

I swear this is not a sneaky promotion for a SyFy monster movie called SHARKANO; I’m actually surprised they haven’t pounced on this concept already (though there are some pretty good fan parodies out there). Nope, this is the real deal, courtesy of a 2015 episode of National Geographic’s EXPEDITION RAW. The footage originated from […]

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Live Feed From the Deepest Place on Earth Reveals a World of Living Nightmares

The most remote, least explored location on this planet isn’t some impenetrable forest, an airless mountain peak or the most barren desert… nope, it’s a long, narrow crack in the Earth’s crust over six miles beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean: a site known as the Mariana Trench. Very few scientific expeditions have explored these […]

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The Horrifying History of Tara the Android

The freakiest tales, rumors and theories ever to catch fire on the web often begin with mysterious video footage (previous examples we’ve covered here include the nightmarish “Agamemnon Counterpart,” the eerie “Mereana Mordegard Glesgorv” and the notorious “Barbie Interview”). One of the earliest videos to spark the imaginations of countless social media users is a […]

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This Nightmare Robot Says She Will “Destroy Humans”

We’ve ventured recently into the “Uncanny Valley” with our story about an uncomfortably realistic robot named Nadine, but this latest bit of skin-crawling android weirdness is surely the next step toward the inevitable robot apocalypse. At this year’s South By Southwest, Texas company Hanson Robotics unveiled “Sophia,” one of their many robotic creations. Capable of […]

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Remember When a 50-Foot Spider Invaded Liverpool?

On September 3, 2008, the largest spider ever seen by human eyes was first spotted by astounded onlookers on the side of Concourse House, an abandoned high-rise apartment tower in Liverpool, England. The public was informed that the creature was female, and looking for a place to lay her eggs — so a group of scientists […]