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Review: Real Steel

Charlie Kenton is America.
Boxing robots. Enough said.
By Ann Lewinson  |  October 07, 2011
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URI’s ''Are You Ready For the Future?'' colloquium in brief

The future is about more than the singularity, of course. It's about robots, lab-grown organs, and watching hopelessly as the Chinese pilfer our military secrets.
Robots and lab-grown bladders
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011
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Dark side of the future

When the University of Rhode Island kicked off its invigorating "Are You Ready For the Future?" speakers series a few weeks back, there was only one man for the job: inventor and provocateur Ray Kurzweil.
Utopia or the end of humankind? A URI forum explores “the Singularity”
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011
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The future is boring

More dispatches from the year 2311.
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By KARL STEVENS  |  August 26, 2011
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Review: Portal 2

At its core, Portal 2 is a simple concept. Using a handheld device, you can shoot an orange and a blue portal that will instantly link any two points in space.
Spatial tension
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 29, 2011
Robot tells you you're too fat

Robot tells you you're too fat


OH MIT NO: I don't know how I missed this when it made its splash back in January; maybe I was, oh, you know, spending...
By S.I. Rosenbaum  |  April 26, 2011


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Photos: ''Talk Nerdy 2 Me'' with Rogue Burlesque

Rogue Burlesque presents "Talk Nerdy 2 Me" at the Middlesex Lounge on April 13, 2011.
"Talk Nerdy 2 Me" | Middlesex Lounge | April 13, 2011
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  April 15, 2011
This week in the Phoenix: Techno-monks, wonder drugs, and trippy pixels

This week in the Phoenix: Techno-monks, wonder drugs, and trippy pixels


Image from our "Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom" slideshow.Turns out, you don't have to look very hard to find the geeky bits of any given...
By Shaula Clark  |  March 27, 2011
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Tod Machover's Death and the Powers, plus Norrington's C.P.E. Bach and the Cantata Singers' B-minor Mass

In her director's note for the American premiere of Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera , Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, wrote that this "work of music-theater . . . has brought together artists from the widest r
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By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 25, 2011
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Preview: Love and Robots in Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera

A third of the way through the opera Death and the Powers: the Robots' Opera , the leading man becomes a machine.
In Tod Machover's new opera, Death and the Powers , high technology meets high anxiety
By CHRIS DAHLEN  |  March 18, 2011

Elementary, my dear Watson

But while the two humans challenging the metal mental giant on TV fared reasonably well, we were forced to admit that mere mortals such as P&J could not take on Watson at its full Linux server-backed power.
What is ... um ...; Satana, dead! Dead!; same-sex redux; talkin' 'bout a revolution
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 18, 2011


An Open Letter to David Jaffe, Re: the Sony NGP

An Open Letter to David Jaffe, Re: the Sony NGP


 THE SONY NGP  Is this a Magic Eye image? If I cross my eyes and back away, will I see a pussy? I realize this...
By Maddy Myers  |  February 10, 2011
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COMIC: The illustrated history of Boston's future, 2020-2100 AD

We approached this future-Boston project as a sort of moderated "jam comic." Result: post-singularity MBTA robots, Menino clones, Citgo aliens, and donut zombies.
Forget politicians, economists, or inventors -- the future of Boston belongs to the comics
By BOSTON COMICS ROUNDTABLE  |  January 21, 2011
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Daft Punk | Tron: Legacy [soundtrack]

During their long tenure as electro's supreme mystery men, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have seen their high-tech trickery folded into the sound of our world.
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Providence Student Survival Guide: List of lists

It's back-to-campus time. You've got shopping lists, book lists, syllabi, class rosters, and Facebook. Who would possibly think you could handle more lists? We would, that's who.
New to Vo Dilun? Trust us, you need this
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 03, 2010
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Photos: Crystal Friends at the MEME Gallery

The Crystal Friends, a.k.a. Dave Ortega and Ken B, showcased their art and wares at the MEME Gallery on May 28-30.
Crystal Friends at the MEME Gallery | May 28-30, 2010
By SCOTT LACEY  |  June 04, 2010


PODCAST: Exclusive interview with Ray Kurzweil [MP3]

PODCAST: Exclusive interview with Ray Kurzweil [MP3]


Ray Kurzweil -- the guy who developed the world's first computer speech recognition programs, among about a billion other things -- has some pretty extraordinary...
By Carrie Battan  |  April 30, 2010

The way robots should be

While Ray Kurzweil pursues the Nanotech Revolution, robotics researchers in Maine are chasing their own futuristic outcomes. Here’s what’s new on the local robot scene (didn’t know we had one of those, didja?).
Maine’s burgeoning automaton population
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 30, 2010
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The Robby Billionaire Show

He does those zombie robots, right?
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By KARL STEVENS  |  March 05, 2010
Yet another terrifying Boston robot roll call (with bonus DARPA Cylon)

Yet another terrifying Boston robot roll call (with bonus DARPA Cylon)


Concept art for Boston Dynamics' LS3In an uncertain technological future, it's nice to know we can depend on one thing: that the Defense Advanced Research...
By webteam  |  February 18, 2010
Groundhog Judgment Day: PETA demands a robot Punxsutawney Phil

Groundhog Judgment Day: PETA demands a robot Punxsutawney Phil


 What happens if Hognet becomes self-aware this TuesdayIn the spirit of the season, PETA have momentarily put aside their paint-slinging and nudity-exploiting, opting to set...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  February 01, 2010


It Came From CES: iPhone-controlled hoverdrones that can fight imaginary robots


Parrot's AR.Drone in actionThe exhibitors at CES can pack up and go home, because it's clear what this year's gadget is: the remote-controlled AR.Drone helicopter...
By Dave Barker  |  January 07, 2010
PODCAST: Cory Doctorow talks Makers, 3-D printers, and Disney at Harvard Book Store [MP3]

PODCAST: Cory Doctorow talks Makers, 3-D printers, and Disney at Harvard Book Store [MP3]


Cory Doctorow opens his mouth, and nerdgasms fall out: at any given moment, he's liable to be spouting off about feral robot dogs, space domes...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 18, 2009

Boston clinches spot as Horrible Robot Capital of the World


Boston Dynamics' PETMAN [via Universal Hub]Looks like we drafted our "Creepiest Robots of All Time" list too soon. As if Waltham-based Boston Dynamics hadn't already...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 02, 2009
Horro-bots: The Next Frontier

Horro-bots: The Next Frontier


Looking like a terrible hybrid between a Chinese dumpling and some sort of anemic beating heart, here's the military's latest god-mocking high-tech nightmare fuel. (And...
By webteam  |  October 20, 2009

Anime Boston 2009: Mystery solved


VIDEO: Scenes from Anime Boston 2009 This past weekend marked the ninth year of the Northeast’...
By Maddy Myers  |  May 26, 2009


Monkeys, Robots, KenFlo, Malden and WTF?

Monkeys, Robots, KenFlo, Malden and WTF?


Who Would Win In A Fight Round 2 kicks off between monkeys and robots, Kenny Florian previews ...
By Charlie  |  November 14, 2008
Carlos Mencia, Robots vs. Dinosaurs, WTF and The Finisher!

Carlos Mencia, Robots vs. Dinosaurs, WTF and The Finisher!


Carlos Mencia phones in from flyover country, robots take on dinosaurs in a fight, we check the WTF Line and start some S with The...
By Charlie  |  October 17, 2008
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Finally

Picture it: Sicily, 1914 . . . no, no, wait, sorry, make that Cape Cod, 1994.

Robots have a MySpace page


By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 08, 2008
Fashion Quiz: Who is the fiercest of them all?

Fashion Quiz: Who is the fiercest of them all?


A. Avril Lavigne, our favorite little married pop-punk foul-mouthed songstress, who just scored an exclusive design deal with Kohl's? Will it be Hot Topic meets...
By Sharon Steel  |  March 05, 2008