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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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This Terrifying App Calculates the Impact of a Nuclear Attack on Your City

There’s been lots of creepy saber-rattling lately on the nuclear front, with multiple nations’ leaders comparing the size of their buttons and the potency of their missiles (I think Sigmund Freud would have had a lot to say about that). The most recent event on this doomsday timeline was Russia’s test of their “Satan-2” ICBM, […]

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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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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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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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After This Chilling Short Film, You Will Never Get AWAY FROM IT ALL

Some of the best horror shorts are terrifying cautionary tales, often employing an extra macabre twist, in the mode of old-school horror comics. That’s the creepy vibe we’re feeling in AWAY FROM IT ALL, a moody short film that also happens to be the creation of frequent Blumhouse.com contributor and “Journalist of the Bizarre,” Stephen […]

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The Slasher in WINK Doesn’t Put on a Happy Face… He IS One!

This year, horror filmmakers aren’t just employing the latest in media tech to tell their stories… they’re also conjuring a lot of creepy tales about the pervasive and often intrusive nature of modern media itself. Writer-director Alex J. Mann and production outfit Space Oddity Films have devoted numerous short-form horrors to this very topic, including the […]

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“EyeBorg” Filmmaker Shoots Video Footage With His Bionic Eye

The future is now! Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence has turned what most people would see as a disability into an opportunity: an accident at age nine caused him to shoot his eye out, but now, as an adult, Rob Spence has replaced his prosthetic eye with a teeny tiny camera. Spence calls himself an EyeBorg, […]

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This Start-Up Company is Working on a Way to Resurrect the Dead

Yes, you read that right. But if you’re already seeing visions of Herbert West running rampant with his glowing syringe, creating armies of rowdy, murderous zombies, you might need to dial your fears (or fantasies?) down a few clicks, because artificial intelligence entrepreneur Josh Bocanegra has something else in mind… pardon the pun. Bocanegra has […]