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I Would Die for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’s Baby Guardian

Things being the way they are, it didn’t seem likely that 2020 would follow in 2019's footsteps in terms of ushering in new, fictional babies designed to capture the public’s heart. But then, Nintendo’s Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity demo came along and introduced a surprising bundle of joy into its already…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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You Can Finally Buy Boston Dynamics’ Spot, But You Can’t Use It For Evil

Last September, after debuting several years prior, Boston Dynamics’ impressively agile robotic dog Spot was made available to a select number of companies as an experiment to see how the robot would perform outside of the company’s R&D labs. A year later, Spot is now officially available for sale, although not…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Disintegration Tries Mixing RTS With FPS, Succeeds At Neither

Disintegration has a weird setup. You are a hotshot pilot who is also a robot with a human brain. You ride a hoverbike and command a squad of similar robots with human brains. The idea is to mix real-time strategy mechanics and first-person shooting. After playing a few hours of the game’s campaign I’m not […]

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Pandemic Robots Deployed in Singapore Parks to Remind Humans of Their Own Mortality

The Boston Dynamics robot known as Spot has been deployed to a park in Singapore to remind people they should follow social distancing guidelines during the pandemic, according to a new report from Singapore’s top government technology agency. And it almost feels like the robots are there to taunt us as this point,…Read more… Continue […]

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The Westworld Finale Whiffed It Hard

Turns out while violent pleasures have violent ends, Westworld’s season three finale was a violent end that had very little pleasure in it. That is, if you were hoping for something more than a basic sci-fi action flick. It turns out everything the show has been building up these past seven episodes is nothing much […]

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The Westworld Finale Whiffed It Hard

Turns out while violent pleasures have violent ends, Westworld’s season three finale was a violent end that had very little pleasure in it. That is, if you were hoping for something more than a basic sci-fi action flick. It turns out everything the show has been building up these past seven episodes is nothing much […]

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Westworld Is Confusing Again, But in the Good Way

If you’ve been waiting patiently for Westworld to start messing with your mind again, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is there are some deeply mysterious, confusing questions raised in tonight’s episode. The bad news is that I don’t think all of them have answers.Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Dolores’ Devious Plan Comes Together on a Wonderfully Wild Westworld

If you’ve found the first three episodes of season three to be a slow burn, good news—Dolores just tossed on some gas. Her plan kicked into high gear tonight, but we also got the long-awaited return of the Man in Black, some of the season’s big secrets were revealed, and there were even a few […]

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The Rise of Skywalker Could’ve Given Us a Giant Tank Shaped Like BB-8

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker already had so much going on, but our exclusive look at some of the concept art behind making it reveals the film could’ve had even more, including something truly delightful. Three words, my friends: BB-8. Battle. Tank.Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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The Rise of Skywalker Could’ve Given Us a Giant Tank Shaped Like BB-8

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker already had so much going on, but our exclusive look at some of the concept art behind making it reveals the film could’ve had even more, including something truly delightful. Three words, my friends: BB-8. Battle. Tank.Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Westworld’s 25 Biggest ‘Holy Shit’ Moments By Episode (So Far)

The return of Westworld is nearly here—and while io9 already has a very handy guide to quickly get you up to speed so you can dive right into season three, we also wanted to look back at the most shocking, most monumentally plot-shifting, and otherwise intensely memorable moments of the show so far.Read more… Continue […]

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U.S. Military Adopts New Ethics Guidelines For Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. military has adopted new ethics guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence in its futuristic robot tanks and smart weapons systems, according to a new press release by the U.S. Department of Defense. And at least one outside expert is actually impressed with the result, provided the Pentagon adheres to…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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A History of Star Trek’s Uneasy Relationship With Androids

Sci-fi has been fascinated with sentient synthetic life since its earliest days, but Star Trek, in particular, has had quite the tumultuous history with its own consideration of androids and their place in its far future. From classic interpretations of sinister ‘bots to one of the franchise’s most beloved characters,…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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A History of Star Trek’s Uneasy Relationship With Androids

Sci-fi has been fascinated with sentient synthetic life since its earliest days, but Star Trek, in particular, has had quite the tumultuous history with its own consideration of androids and their place in its far future. From classic interpretations of sinister ‘bots to one of the franchise’s most beloved characters,…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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The Cruise Origin Is An Expected Step In Autonomous Vehicles But There Are Many Unanswered Questions

Cruise Automation, the autonomous vehicle startup owned by a big bank and GM, along with help from Honda, seems to have a gift for hyperbole. In a tweet, the company suggested that they were aiming for their new autonomous shared ride van to have the same sort of impact as the “compass, train, car, light […]

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