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Beyond the Uncanny Valley

 Beyond the Uncanny Valley

The far side of the uncanny valley rises steeply, assaulting our psyche as our artificial human likenesses creep ever closer toward perfection. But what happens when we actually emerge on the other side? What happens to human society when video footage is no longer the gold standard? Robert and Joe investigate. See more »

Into the Uncanny Valley

 Into the Uncanny Valley

From bad CGI characters to creepy humanoid robots, everyone knows the uncanny valley effect when they see it. But where did this idea come from and to what extent is it actually a thing? Join Robert and Joe as they descend into the uncanny valley and explore just what's going on in our minds when we lock eyes with less-than-human simulacrums. See more »

Retrofuturist Flashback: Rise of the Mobot

 Retrofuturist Flashback: Rise of the Mobot

Mobots impress us with their pouring skills and possible lady-murder in this edition of Retrofuturist Flashback... See more »

Are terminators real?

 Are terminators real?

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Are robots alive?

 Are robots alive?

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Future Shock: Part II

 Future Shock: Part II

Back in 1970, Alvin Toffler’s book “Future Shock” envisioned a future human civilization outpaced, overstimulated and mentally stunned by relentless technological and social change. Today, we live in the very future Toffler warned everyone about. How did his predictions hold up and how can we stave off the terrors of future shock? Find out in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. See more »

Future Shock: Part I

 Future Shock: Part I

Back in 1970, Alvin Toffler’s book “Future Shock” envisioned a future human civilization outpaced, overstimulated and mentally stunned by relentless technological and social change. Today, we live in the very future Toffler warned everyone about. How did his predictions hold up and how can we stave off the terrors of future shock? Find out in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. See more »

Art Spotlight: Jacob Epstein's 'Torso in Metal'

 Art Spotlight: Jacob Epstein's 'Torso in Metal'

Let's take a moment to consider the stark metallic humanoid of Jacob Epstein's 'Torso in Metal.' Epstein (1880-1959) made his name in the art world through the creation of stark, controversial modern sculptures. This piece is particularly interesting since it encapsulates how WWI tarnished the artist's optimism (and by extension, humanity's optimism) for the a new technological age. See more »

The Science of Cute

 The Science of Cute

Why do kitten faces and cartoon cuties hold such power over us? Why does the sight of a puppy tug our heart strings? Find out in this Stuff to Blow Your Mind journey into the science of cute. See more »

Teaching Robots to Love

 Teaching Robots to Love

Will our robots ever love us? And what does that question reveal about the true nature of this much-touted human emotion? Find out in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. See more »