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RESET, now on the Sundance Channel

Article: RESET, now on the Sundance Channel

Americans spend an average of 60 hours a month online. For a lot people, especially younger generations, it’s a lot more. Of course, using the Internet is just one thing we do with our computers. As more and more jobs become computer-based, we spend more face time with a machine than we do with actual…

Spielberg approves of pending robot apocalypse

Article: Spielberg approves of pending robot apocalypse

Why, Steven? WHY?

Remember our post about IBM’s latest supercomputer, Watson, who (or is it which?) will be competing on Jeopardy? Not to be out done, Microsoft announced at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo their latest achievement-to-be : Project Natal. Project Natal aims to be a “controller-free gaming and entertainment experience,” hopefully making the XBox 360 and gaming overall more approachable.

While the prospect of a more immersive entertainment experience is highly appealing to many, this new chapter in technology is opening new doors for human interaction with artificial intelligence that were only possible in science fiction films such as Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Developed for years at Lionhead Studios under the pseudonym The Dimitri Project, Milo is a new brand of AI that totally blew every attendee at E3 away.

Learn more about Milo and Spielberg’s thoughts on Project Natal and how it relates to technological advancement…

Just what do you think you're doing, Alex?

Article: Just what do you think you're doing, Alex?

Remember HAL 9000?  The deadly T-2000?  Sensitive David?  The Nexus 6 replicants?  Cylons?  Reaching even further back, there’s Gort, Maria…even Robby!  It wasn’t too long ago that computers and robots which paralleled or exceeded human ability were reserved exclusively for sci-fi and fantasy films.  It’s a familiar story: man makes machine.  Man is served by…

Siftables: artificially intelligent toys

Article: Siftables: artificially intelligent toys

In this excellent short TED talk, an MIT grad student named David Merrill demonstrates the capabilities of Siftables, biscuit-size toy blocks that interact with each other using complex sensors. Siftables can be used to solve math problems, generate electronic music, create art, and tell stories: The technology used in Siftables is interesting on its own…