Dystopias

Facial Recognition Technology Is a Burgeoning Threat to Freedom, AI Report Says

If you thought the face of AI oppression was going to take the form of robots going down the street killing people (as Elon Musk...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 07 December 2018 - 11:30AM

New Documentary Explores the Dark Side of China's Massively Popular Livestream Industry

Over the years, we've covered some stuff that seemed straight out of a cyberpunk novel, from technology that may allow you to control...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 05 December 2018 - 1:45PM

Set Your Doomsday Clocks: Experts Say AI Will Match Human Intelligence By 2062

It was fun while it lasted, guys. We all knew that the day would come when humanity would spark the flame that would destroy the...

Andrew LaSane
Friday, 09 November 2018 - 12:56PM

You Can Control A Living Person On Halloween Night With This Unnerving MIT Augmented Reality Game

While everyone is playing Red Dead Redemption 2 and Black Ops 4, developers and engineers at the MIT Media Lab are going for a game...

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - 1:29PM

This New Surveillance AI Can Pick You Out Of The Crowd Based On Your Height, Gender, And Shirt Color

Machine learning and neural nets have been adapted to everything from writing fortune cookie messages to developing new drugs, but...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 - 12:31PM

Facial Recognition at Airports? Washington Dulles Unveils Big Brother System To Speed Up Boarding And Security Checks

If there's one thing society can agree on, it's that going through airport security and waiting to board a plane sucks. From arriving...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 10 September 2018 - 2:06PM

Global Overshoot Day Reveals We Consume The Natural Resources Of 1.7 Earths... And It's Only Getting Worse

Each year the Global Footprint Network (GFN), an international environment think tank, assesses how much of the Earth's resources...

K.S. Anthony
Wednesday, 01 August 2018 - 10:49AM

#Instafamous: How CGI Influencers Will Soon Replace Humans on Social Media

Companies are manufacturing computer-generated influencers-slash-models to sell you on their products.

Chris Mahon
Monday, 07 May 2018 - 11:47AM

Facebook Is Mining Your Instagram Photos to Train Artificial Intelligence

Facebook has secretly used billions of publicly available photos on Instagram to teach software how to better identify objects.

Andrew LaSane
Thursday, 03 May 2018 - 9:38AM

Uber Ratings for Humans: Bad 'Social Credit' Will Get You Banned From Trains in China

If you thought erasing historical events like Tiananmen Square from search engines and instituting facial tracking across the country...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 10:40AM

Stephen Hawking's Top Three Predictions for the End of the World

Like a collapsing star, Stephen Hawking's death has left a black hole in our hearts. Though the man himself is gone, his words live...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 12:08PM

PETA Teamed Up With a Las Vegas Brothel For a Billboard of Naked Aliens

What a time to be alive.You've heard of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Now get ready for a series of billboards that...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 11:21AM

Contagious Woman Escapes From Hospital, Triggering Zombie Outbreak Concerns

We all know how zombie apocalypses kick off. All it takes is one infected patient escaping quarantine before a deadly disease starts...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 9:58AM

The Majority of Americans Are Worried About Designer Babies and Brain Chip Implants

While sci-fi has been portraying technologies like human genetic modification and cognitive enhancers for decades, real-life...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 - 11:38AM

Why Orphan Black's "Designer Baby" Big Bad Isn't Too Far from Reality

Orphan Black had quite a few crazy revelations last night--M.K. is officially a Helsinki survivor! Rachel is letting Charlotte die!...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 06 May 2016 - 1:37PM

These Are the 8 "Catastrophic Risks" to Humanity That Could Happen in the Next Five Years

How could the human population be decimated in the next half-decade? Researchers from Oxford’s Global Priorities Project who were...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 5:30PM

Reddit 3016 Perfectly Captures the Dumb Things We'll Care About in 1000 Years

Reddit may be an idiosyncratic, self-selecting community, but it's still a pretty good barometer of the public conversation of the...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 29 February 2016 - 2:45PM

The 10 Most Realistic Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

These are the Sci-Fi 10 movies scientists can't get enough of.

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 01 October 2015 - 5:39PM

William Hurt Calls the Plot of AMC's Humans 'Inevitable"

On AMC's Humans, eerily human-like androids called Synths have become staples in every household, as ubiquitous as iPads and iPhones....

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 02 July 2015 - 2:47PM

Mark Zuckerberg's Utopian/Dystopian Vision of the Future as a Shared Virtual Reality

Mark Zuckerberg wants us all to live in The Circle.

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 02 July 2015 - 12:38PM