“First Law” Robot Acts Like A Prick

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A robot that can “decide” to harm humans is the latest attempt to provoke debate about artificial intelligence. But it’s debatable whether there’s any intelligence involved. The “First Law” robot is the work of Alexander Reben, a designer at University of Berkely, California who “designs robots and novel interfaces to explore our evolving relationship with technology.” […]

38 Fun and Little Known Facts About the Internet [Video]

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In this episode of the Mental Floss show, host Mike Rugnetta tells us all about 38 little known facts about the Internet, starting with the fact that Ray Bradbury was not a fan of Yahoo or the Internet in general. [Mental Floss]

Star Trek Delta Coin Is Legal Currency

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The Canadian mint now offers a range of Star Trek-themed coins including the world’s first delta-shaped currency. They are legal to spend, though in most cases you’d be behind on the deal. The only coin being sold at face value is a $20 silver coin with the Enterprise on one side. It’s one of three […]

10 Secret Movie Connections Directors Tried To Sneak By You

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Shared universes are all the rage these days and have become the norm for major film studios. Whether it’s Marvel, DC, or Star Wars, interconnectivity is the name of the game in Hollywood. While these are the most obvious examples of the phenomenon, they may not have been the first of its kind. Filmmakers have […]

Original Star Trek Gets Barbie Dolls

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Mattel has released three Star Trek themed Barbie dolls to mark the show’s 50th anniversary. It’s the first time Barbies have come as original Star Trek series characters rather than merely Ken and Barbie dressed up. The dolls are based on Captain Kirk, Mr Spock and Lt Uhura from the original run, as portrayed by […]

Wireless Gadget Gets Pregnant Women A Train Seat

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South Korean train passengers no longer need risk the embarrassment of mistakenly implying a woman is pregnant. A pilot program uses wireless sensors to trigger a light when a pregnant woman approaches a seat. The ‘Pink Light’ program in Busan involves the women carrying a small beacon that runs for six months on a single […]

Video Game History: The Rebellious Origin of the Video Game Easter Egg

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Video game designer Warren Robinett was a pioneer of his craft. He conceptualized and programmed the groundbreaking video game “Adventure” for the Atari 2600. A huge commercial success, the game sold over one million cartridges. But “Adventure” did more than delight consumers; Robinett hid something within the game that altered the landscape of video games […]

Meet the Man Who Settled Catan [Video]

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Move over Monopoly, there’s a newer board game in town. “Settlers of Catan,” a game night classic modeled after the Vikings’ journey to Iceland, has sold over 24 million copies since its release in 1994. Creator Klaus Teuber lives in Germany, where running the Catan empire has become a family affair and a global operation. […]

The Sims Drops Gender Boundaries

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The latest update for The Sims 4 has removed all gender boundaries that affect the appearance and behavior of a character. The makers say the changes are “to make sure players can create characters they can identify with or relate to.” According to Maxis, more than 700 content pieces that were once restricted to a […]

Interstellar Hitchhikers, Rejoice: Today is #TowelDay!

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Sass this: It’s May 25th. Do you know where your towel is, hitchhiker? Back in 2001, two weeks after the death of Douglas Adams, fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy all across the universe banded together to honor the author by wearing a towel all day. Thus was born Towel Day, celebrated every […]

How to Forge a Norman Spearhead the Oldschool Way [Video]

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Join Archaeological Ironworker Hector Cole MBE as he forges a spearhead from the 1066 era using century-old techniques used back the blacksmiths in the first millennium of the common era. [English Heritage]

Teens React to (Original 1993) Doom and I Feel Old Now

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I know there is a real split reaction in society and social media about “reaction” videos. Some love them and some hate them (and yes, two people just tried to copyright and monopolize the word REACT, but the less we speak of that, the better). And as far as my contributions to this site, I […]