robots
Run For Your Lives: Auto-Fixing Hexapod Is Self-Aware

With all "limbs" intact, the hexapod gets along pretty quickly at 26 cm/s, but once you chop one of its six legs (?), it beings to stagger like a drunken sailor at about 8 cm/s. And then by the power of Grayskull or a series of algorithms, it runs through a series of tests to regain proper efficiency. In other words, it's basically self-aware. Read More >>

military
The US Navy is Testing a Centralised Drone-Control System (A.K.A. Skynet)

'A centralised control computer for robots on land, air or sea' sounds suspiciously like the Terminator-wiki description of Skynet. But actually, it's just the SparkNotes version of the US Navy's latest test project, the Common Control System, which is going to kill us all. Read More >>

space
Our Skynet Communications System is Growing, But Still Friendly

The Ministry of Defence has launched a new communications satellite, making its Skynet comms network bigger and better than ever. And yes, it is called Skynet. Read More >>

robots
This Robot Racing Car Is a Much Better Driver Than You (at 120MPH)

What you're looking at here is Standford's driverless Audi TTS, which can blast round a track much faster than you could ever dream of going, and it's entirely automated. Read More >>

security
Flame Trojan Gets Strange Auto-Destruct Command

Remember that massive piece of spy malware that was running about the internet called Flame? In a very strange turn of events, apparently it's just been told to immediately commit suicide and destroy itself, leaving no trace it was ever there. Read More >>

security
Iran Laughs In the Face of the Flaming Malware Menace

Iran's been hit pretty hard by the latest malware scourge, Flame, which is described by some as Stuxnet on steroids. The country's not taking this lying down though, and it's fighting back. It's brought the smackdown on the pesky computer bug, and reckons it's got the skills to kill it off, no biggie. Read More >>

humour
When AI Gets Too Smart, It'll Be Dumb Again

What will we do when artificial intelligence becomes self-aware? Nothing! It'll be too caught up with the existential issues that sentience brings with it to do anything more than marvel at its own intelligence. Maybe. [xkcd] Read More >>

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