Are China's Robot Restaurants a Threat To American National Security?

It seems like every other week a new robot restaurant opens in China. Meanwhile, you know who hasn’t opened a robot restaurant in basically forever? America. That’s right. Forget our students’ math test scores and our number of fighter jets, China is eating our lunch in the only area that really matters. And that… » 5/22/15 12:00pm Friday 12:00pm

A Robot From The Future Reviews Tomorrowland

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Anthony Bourdain's Opening a Food Market Inspired by Blade Runner

Would you eat at a market inspired by the 1982 dystopian classic Blade Runner? Anthony Bourdain is hoping you will. He’s currently negotiating to open a market in the renovated 100,000 square foot SuperPier in New York. The floor plan is said to evoke “the set decor of Blade Runner and the vibrant back alleys of… » 5/18/15 2:50pm 5/18/15 2:50pm

A Retro-Futuristic Arcade Cabinet That Plays Equally Retro Games

The internet is full of plans for building your own old-school arcade cabinet that can play all the classic games you grew up with. But with just a single image, Love Hultén makes a strong case for buying one of his beautiful Pixelkabinett 42 cabinets instead of trying to build one yourself. » 5/15/15 10:38am 5/15/15 10:38am

Study: Robot Handshake Just As Good As Human Handshake For Negotiations

How do we know that we live in the future? Politicians are shaking hands with robots. Like a lot. The practice may seem silly, but new research shows that shaking hands with a robot can actually be useful for building trust during business negotiations — provided the robot is controlled by a human negotiator. » 5/13/15 12:00pm 5/13/15 12:00pm

This 1993 AT&T Concept Video Predicted Skype's New Translator App

You can keep your flying cars and jetpacks. The real sign that we’re living in the future? Easy: real-time language translation. Skype just put its version into wide release. But effortless translation is something we’ve been waiting on for quite some time, as you can see from this 1993 clip of an AT&T concept video… » 5/12/15 3:30pm 5/12/15 3:30pm

Ex Machina Director Alex Garland Talks Robots, Paranoia, and Old Futures

Alex Garland’s new movie Ex Machina is a dark and sometimes disturbing look at robots, artificial intelligence, and what it means to be human. I talked with Garland about his childhood expectations for the future, why people don’t seem to care about the Snowden leaks, and whether Ray Kurzweil is full of shit. Ex… » 5/07/15 11:20am 5/07/15 11:20am

The Space Artist Who Perfectly Painted All Our Cosmic Dreams 

John Conrad Berkey (August 13, 1932 – April 29, 2008) was probably the best known and loved space artist who ever lived on this planet. You may have seen the world-famous American illustrator’s work on dozens of book covers and NASA concept art, or admired his early Star Wars and Star Trek paintings. » 5/06/15 5:03pm 5/06/15 5:03pm

Why Scientific American's Predictions from 10 Years Ago Were So Wrong

Recently, we did an experiment: We took an outdated issue of a respected popular science magazine, Scientific American, and researched exactly what happened to the highly-touted breakthroughs of the era that would supposedly change everything. What we discovered is just how terrible we are at predicting the long arc… » 5/04/15 1:10pm 5/04/15 1:10pm

1970s Researchers Predicted Debit Cards Would Be Great For Surveillance

In late October of 1971 a group of academics and technologists gathered at a conference at Georgetown. They were given the task of devising the most comprehensive (yet invisible) surveillance program imaginable. What they came up with sounds an awful lot like our current debit card system. » 4/30/15 1:00pm 4/30/15 1:00pm