DARPA Tried to Build Skynet in the 1980s

From 1983 to 1993 DARPA spent over $1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency's goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They… » 12/18/13 3:58pm 12/18/13 3:58pm

A Closer Look at Google's New Robot Army

We learned Saturday that Google has purchased Boston Dynamics, the lab of mad scientists behind some of the most awesomely scary robots ever seen. What exactly did Google get out of the deal? An army of jaw-droppingly capable robots that can walk, run, and climb through seemingly any terrain. Let's meet the team. » 12/14/13 1:18pm 12/14/13 1:18pm

Evil Boston Dynamics Reveals Terminator-Like Walker, Puts Horns On…

Boston Dynamics, the guys making the rise of Skynet inevitable, are showing off their ominously-named PETMAN prototype, a shoe-wearing, two-legged version of their now-legendary BigDog. It looks like the harbinger of mechanized death. Oh, they've also put horns on BigDog. » 11/16/09 12:30pm 11/16/09 12:30pm

Weird Creepy Walking Robot From Boston Dynamics Gives Us The…

Can I just say that this walking robot from the dynamos at Boston Dynamics really gives me goose-bumps — especially when it gets kicked and retains balance. I mean, i don't even think I could do that if I were carrying 120 lbs while walking backwards. In addition to the load-bearing capabilities, this robot… » 12/18/06 10:45am 12/18/06 10:45am