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The eerie robots of 'Humans' hold a black mirror to our darkest fears

AMC and Channel 4's new TV show sees smiling, servile "synths" in every home... but is it them or us who should be feared?

By June 13, 2015


'New Kind of Science' falls short of its iPad e-book potential

New support for Retina graphics helps a lot, but Stephen Wolfram's magnum opus about math, computing, and physics could be so much more.

By February 6, 2014


Molecular robots latch onto cells, ID them for drugs

Formed of antibodies and DNA, these molecular automata could help design better drugs to fight cancer, autoimmune diseases.

By July 29, 2013


Can this robot coach help you lose weight?

Intuitive Automata's robot diet coach is now available for preorder. But are dieters ready to pay $80 per month for assistance shedding pounds?

By September 23, 2011


When LEDs and math equal high art

Road Trip at Home: Leo Villareal has become one of the most prominent LED artists in the world, but he'd say his work is about applying logic and math to light.

By September 22, 2010


Can't stick to that diet? Get a robot coach

Hong Kong start-up Intuitive Automata is preparing to launch a robot that helps you stick to your diet. Autom is being billed as a more effective way of monitoring your eating habits and progress.

By April 28, 2010


Wolfram Alpha: Next major search breakthrough?

Stephen Wolfram has come up with a new and potentially revolutionary search paradigm for finding answers via the Web.

By March 8, 2009


Does not compute: The 10 most annoying kid + robot team-ups

Robots are awesome. Yet pair them up with a kid and you create something brain-meltingly irritating. We've picked 10 of the most annoying bowl-headed moppets and their frustrating robot chums

By April 21, 2008


DIY video synthesizer looks and sounds like your busted Atari

Make Magazine is now selling their Cellular Automata video synthesizer kit, allowing people to create musical tones from shifting video patterns.

By April 9, 2007