GUEST: From Siri and Alexa becoming household names to Apple recently announcing its new HomePod smart speaker, artificial intelligence finally seems to have made the jump from the world of futuristic science fiction straight into our own homes. The variety of tasks that AI creations are taking on is increasing. AI can vacuum our floors, create […]
Science fiction author Julian May has passed away at the age of 86. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1931, May became a fan of science fiction in her teens. She sold her first short story, "Dune Roller" (filmed as The Cremators in 1972 by...Show More Summary
Domenico Accili confesses it all sounds a little like science fiction, or maybe simply magic, but the professor of medicine at Columbia University is convinced he can coax endocrine cells in the gut to change jobs and, in the process, reverse Type 1 diabetes. If it works — and it's too early to...
Over the Tor, Alex Acks—a speculative fiction writer who also happens to be a geologist—has a series of posts discussing geology and various works of science fiction and fantasy. His two most recent tackle the geography of Middle Earth, as represented in Tolkien’s infamous map. I write “infamous” because, as Acks points out, it’s spawned […]
This could ruin a lot of good science fiction movies … and create interesting plots for the next generation of them, not to mention influencing how humans deal with space aliens when they first encounter each other (assuming they haven’t already). A timely article by The Daily Galaxy reviews the study “Alien Minds” by Susan... Read more »
Neurotechnology could make science fiction dreams a reality. But a pioneer in the field is already sounding alarms
It sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie: Worms sent into space return to Earth with two heads. But it isn’t fiction at all. In a recent study, researchers sent worms with regenerative capabilities — some left whole and some...Show More Summary
If you’re watching Mindhunter, the Netflix drama based on the true story of the man who pioneered the science of profiling serial killers, you’re probably wondering just how much of it is true. The show’s fictional profiler, FBI agent Holden Ford, makes reference to infamous criminals like Charles Manson and ... More »
Science, art and dystopian fiction come together in a fascinating new project that puts a highly appropriate heat-sensitive twist on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel, Fahrenheit 451. Charles Nypels Laboratory, which is part of Holland’s Jan van Eyck Academie, an institute for fine art and design, collaborated with graphic design collective Super Terrain to create a …
Hilary Swank has signed on to I Am Mother, a science fiction film in which she takes on a robot mother who's been raising children underground.
A lot of science fiction writers had theories about the future but sadly most of those things aren’t happening anytime soon, but at least we have FaceTime technology. We may not have flying cars, teleportation, or meals in pill form,...Show More Summary
Adam Savage of Tested got a behind the scenes look at the filming of the Blade Runner 2049 prequel short, 2048: Nowhere to Run, and showed us “how the production builds a believable science fiction world out of the pieces of our own reality.” He also appeared as an extra in the short film. Here...
The Talos Principle is a critically acclaimed puzzler that immerses players in a world inspired by philosophical science fiction. It released back in 2014 and you may have played it already, but it's time to put your thinking caps on once again. Show More Summary
“In the new environment, science fiction writers needed new formulas – or even better, needed to have the courage to operate without pre-cooked recipes of any sort. In short, science fiction needed to grow up and take on the adult world, in all its messiness and uncertainty.” Ted Gioia pens a paean to sci-fi writers of […] The post Brave New Books appeared first on The Millions.
Science fiction author Patrick S. Tomlinson this week explained how opponents of abortion rights can be shut down with one simple question about whether 1,000 embryos are more important than the life of a single child. In a series of...Show More Summary
PROGRESS? How Google’s Quantum Computer Could Change the World. For nearly three decades, these machines were considered the stuff of science fiction. Just a few years ago, the consensus on a timeline to large-scale, reliable quantum computers was 20 years to never. “Nobody is saying never anymore,” says Scott Totzke, the chief executive of Isara […]
Science fiction author Patrick S. Tomlinson this week explained how opponents of abortion rights can be shut down with one simple question about whether 1,000 embryos are more important than the life of a single child. In a series of tweets on Monday, Tomlinson revealed the scenario that he says...
Since its introduction in the 1977 film "Star Wars," the Death Star has remained one of science fiction's most iconic figures. The image of Alderaan's destruction at the hands of the Death Star's superlaser is burned into the memory of millions of fans.
Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to one of the most well-revered science fiction movies ever made. It stars two of the biggest names in Hollywood, and has a director who's on a hot streak. So why isn't the film doing better at the box office?
As you all line up to see Blade Runner: 2049, the sequel to the enormously influential Blade Runner, this week, remember the first film was based on an atmospheric story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick. So we...Show More Summary