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Google is using old Atari games to teach artificial intelligence how to learn

Whoever said video games weren’t educational? Google has been using old Atari video games to train its DeepMind artificial intelligence for a few years, and now it’s actually learning how to remember its strategies.

Matrix-style brain stimulation tech being tested to teach real-world skills

One of the coolest things about The Matrix was the way Neo and the gang could simply download new skills and abilities with the press of a button. Now ... what if that were actually (kind of) possible?

Scientists moving ahead with research to resurrect the dead with stem cells

A U.S. biotech company is preparing to start experiments using stem cells to try to stimulate 20 brain-dead patients back to life. And no, this isn't an elevator pitch for a sci-fi horror film.

VR thriller The Lawnmower Man getting a remake in real virtual reality
Jan 23, 2017

For adults of a certain age, the idea of virtual reality will always come with the tinge of freaky horror thanks to the The Lawnmower Man. Now, the VR thriller is coming back ... in actual virtual reality, no less.

The military has just taken satellite backup underwater
Jan 20, 2017

While it's not 20,000 leagues under the sea, the military's underwater fiber-optic TUNA system will back up jammed satellites (we're looking at you, Russia). 

This awesome flying car concept could be a working prototype by the end of the year
Jan 19, 2017

We're still waiting for the future promised to us by The Jetsons, but this slick concept design from Airbus is the flying car we deserve — and could actually hit the skies by the end of the year.

Amazon developing high-tech roads to help control self-driving cars
Jan 18, 2017

Like it or not, self-driving cars are the future — and now Amazon is looking to be a part of it. No word on if you get to avoid traffic with an Amazon Prime account.

This robot could be your waiter the next time you go out to dinner
Jan 16, 2017

Ever since Marty McFly strolled into the '80s Cafe in Back to the Future Part II, we've been waiting for our very own robo-waiter. Well, this might be about as close as you can get for now.

Crime-fighting gets a high-tech upgrade in sci-fi-tinged trailer for Fox's APB
Jan 12, 2017

Fox is showing off its 2017 schedule, and some fresh footage from the cop series APB shows it could be one to watch for sci-fi fans.

These pizza vending machines will soon be rolling out across the U.S.
Jan 9, 2017

The Blu-ray dispensing Red Box kiosks have already taken the world by storm, but what goes great with movie night? Pizza, that’s what. And actual restaurants are so 2016.

Watch Tesla's Autopilot AI stop this car before a crash even happens
Dec 28, 2016

Driverless cars are the future, though we still have some work to do on the technology and infrastructure before we get there. But, if you want some proof for how robots can save lives, this should do it.

An artificial intelligence wrote a Christmas song. It did not go well.
Dec 9, 2016

The holiday season is here, and most folks are catching up on Christmas movie favorites and jamming classic tunes about Santa Claus and holy nights. Well, what if a robot wants to get in on the Christmas spirit?

NASA believes that fuel-free EM Drive concept could potentially work
Nov 22, 2016

We’re still waiting on warp drives to get us around the galaxy, but NASA now believes an equally fantastical mode of transportation might actually have some merit. Say hello to the EM Drive.

Virgin Galactic will soon take tourism to infinity and beyond
Nov 7, 2016

“Spaceplane” VSS Unity is thisclose to passing a test that could redefine vacation.