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British MPs to interrogate robot British MPs to interrogate robot

Natural intelligence might be a rarefied commodity in the Westminster Bubble but a group of British MPs are going to ask a robot some questions about artificial intelligence. Luckily this droid likes answering questions and in pre-Brexit Britain presumably Pepper from Paris is still allowed to work in the UK. Just…

All we need now is the robot bartender All we need now is the robot bartender

Where’s Michael Sheen when you need him? This is just what a robot bartender should be serving. It’s World Gin Day tomorrow and Conwy’s North Star Distillery has produced a 3o bottle batch of gin using a barley raised and harvested by robots.

Robot Strippers Are A Thing Now Robot Strippers Are A Thing Now

If you have the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas then it was only a matter of time before stripper robots showed up. A pair of pole-dancing robots with surveillance cameras for heads are performing this week at the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.

What's that in dog years? What's that in dog years?

It’s forty years today since K-9 was left off the leash in The Invisible Enemy by Bob Baker and Dave Martin. The original robot dog, voiced by John Leeson, was the creation of Professor Marinus in the year 5000. Behind the scenes, it was a reaction to the popularity of R2-D2 and Star Wars in general that prompted his…

Becky Chambers interview at Waterstone's Becky Chambers interview at Waterstone's

UK booksellers Waterstone’s have an interview with Becky Chambers, author of A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet and A Closed And Common Orbit.

Dick Spanner unbolted! Dick Spanner unbolted!

Or rather, Dick Spanner with all the nuts tightened together. This is a Gerry Anderson produced show that frequently flies under the radar and it is coming back to DVD this September.

Powdered potato powered robots Powdered potato powered robots

An old colleague of mine once revealed that her family had been guinea pigs for an innovative new substance. For a year or so they got to sample a strange powder which if you added hot water instantly turned into mashed potato. Their reactions to this daily diet were duly documented for the company responsible, namely…

Canadian boffin gives Doctor Who something to smile about Canadian boffin gives Doctor Who something to smile about

CBC News report that the terraforming nanobots that swarmed over tonight’s episode of Doctor Who are named after a computer science professor from a Newfoundland university.

Celebrating the art of 2000AD Celebrating the art of 2000AD

If you are in London during the next two months (ending April 23rd) then the Cartoon Museum is having a bit of a beano celebrating forty years of 2000AD. Judge Dredd, Dan Dare, Slaine et al are all on display.

Apparently, In the 25th Century, "Booty" Still Means "Booty". Apparently, In the 25th Century, "Booty" Still Means "Booty".

Presented without comment, to make your Monday morning extra-special.

Sometime Now Open Thread - Do the Robot Edition Sometime Now Open Thread - Do the Robot Edition

I’m assuming that either we’ve all become Fallout widows or the zombie apocalypse has consumed the bulk of the Deckers we all know and love because this place is quieter than a morgue on Halloween, so let’s have a nice chat about absolutely nothing and everything, all at the same time!

Kicking As a Path To Reliability Kicking As a Path To Reliability

Several months back io9 posted a story about quadrapedal robots getting kicked and shoved around by humans. There many jokes about robot retribution but I saw it a different way. To me this was the equivalent of the first lungfish heaving themselves, gasping, onto land. Learning is often painful. A child has to dry…

Spoiler talk: AMC's Humans Episode 4 Spoiler talk: AMC's Humans Episode 4

This episode was probably the best, it was by turns the most touching, the most disturbing and the most creepy. All points an android drama need to touch if it’s going to go beyond Holmes and YoYo.

Girl Fights Library’s Boys-Only Robotics Program Girl Fights Library’s Boys-Only Robotics Program

A little girl from the town Timmins, Ontario with the cool name of Cash Cayen was stoked to see a summer robotics program being offered at her local library. The library’s assistant director refused her registration, saying that only boys were allowed to participate. The reason being that “boys’ academic and literacy…

What's Better Than A Giant Gundam Statue? A Dinosaur, Apparently. What's Better Than A Giant Gundam Statue? A Dinosaur, Apparently.

What do you do when you’re sued for wasting taxpayer money on a giant robot statue? Tear it down, and use more taxpayer money on a generic theropod dinosaur statue instead. Obviously.

Learn with Community. Hoisted by your own petard: The Britta years.  Learn with Community. Hoisted by your own petard: The Britta years. 

There's a killer party, and plenty WiFelons to go around. And the expression "hoisted by your own petard" WAS better explained by By Britta. So please go look at the episode, because I can't quite get the greatness of it in text form. Alternatively look out Dan Harmon's podcast, as it came from him.

Personal Robot fully funded on Kickstarter Personal Robot fully funded on Kickstarter

The Personal Robot is meant to be your very own personal assistant that will wake you in the morning, schedule appointments, monitor the smart devices in your house and even read bedtime stories to your kids.

Vladislav Ociacia's Robot Renders Are Works Of Art Vladislav Ociacia's Robot Renders Are Works Of Art

Be still my robotic heart! The level of detail is astounding and makes the renders look more like production models than concept art. The robotic organs are a fantastic concept and give the robots a sort of macabre humanity. The next sci-fi blockbuster needs make use of these robot designs.

Planet of the Robots

Genius comic strip.

Short Sci-Fi Film: "Envoy" Short Sci-Fi Film: "Envoy"

That was TOTALLY rad. I just wish they'd have given the generic military guy a proper haircut beforehand.

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