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The Apes Shall Inherit The Earth (Or At Least A Little Piece)

One of the reasons Planet of the Apes resonates so deeply with viewers is the plausibility of its premise. Have you ever seen monkeys up close? Their profound intelligence is clear, and there’s no question we evolved from them. Their … Continue reading

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Bugging Out

In Guillermo Del Toro’s movie Cronos, an ancient device embodied in a scarab restores youth and vigor to the aged antique dealer who finds it. It also creates a taste for blood; near the end of the movie, the now … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam Wants…Who?

Imagine meeting the Terminator on the battlefield. You might try and run–that is, if it didn’t kill you while you were pissing yourself. What about an army of Terminators? A common image in science fiction: massive armies of identical robots … Continue reading

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Cylons Shouldn’t Sweat

In 1950, Alan Turing sought to answer the question “can machines think?” He designed a test that involved a computer having a typed conversation with a human. If a third party couldn’t consistently tell the computer from the human, the … Continue reading

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