The new guy at work invites you over to his house. You feel uneasy. Sure, he's a hard worker, a fast typist, and his intense focus quickly made him an indispensable coworker. But his scarred face seems to betray some violent past. His measured speech seems manufactured. Still, you can't remember the last new friend you made, you have nothing to do, and so you accept the invite.
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Humans may have big, bulbous brains, but when it comes to pure muscle power, we're often considered the weakest of the great apes. Even chimpanzees, who are significantly smaller than us, exhibit levels of strength that are practically super-human by our standards. New research shows the degree to which our primate cousins are stronger than us — and why their tiny bodies pack such an impressive punch.
Zack Snyder discusses the importance of Superman in Justice League. Jessica Chastain throws her hat in the ring for Gotham City Sirens. Michael Keaton compares his Spider-Man: Homecoming villain to Tony Stark. Plus, new details about the Tomb Raider reboot, and a ton of new pictures from American Gods. To me, my spoilers!
Humans is a sci-fi drama about a world where robots are as ubiquitous as smart phones. Much like in Westworld, the artificial lives born in Humans have been slaves to humanity's whims, and just like in the finale of Westworld, a rebellion has formed. But Humans has had much better success with exploring precisely what an advance in artificial sentience would look like to the world at large — and in the process it's done an arguably better job of showing just how predictably callous and afraid humans are when dealing with a group they have deemed "inferior".
The robot discourse has changed dramatically since the first season of Humans was on air in 2015. This is mainly because HBO premiered Westworld last spring, a mindscrew of a show that used robots to dig deep into the nature of consciousness and the metaphysical requirements of a soul. Humans, while also very much about the nature of consciousness, is not so esoteric in its exploration.
It's not the fault of Hollywood or Netflix or even the internet. Or, well, it's not all their fault. We're to blame for encouraging all these nostalgic re-releases and poorly re-hashed versions of things from our childhood, too. 8-Bit Philosophy delves into our need for nostalgia and cites philosopher Svetlana Boyn, who has said that nostalgia has historically coincided with revolution.
Video: Humanity gets served up a nice slice of humble pie in this NPR video that lays out the history of our planet on a football field. Even in a giant stadium, every inch represents an incredible 1.3 million years - that's around 511,000 years for every centimetre. Which means that humans, who walk around like they own the place, only show up about a third of a centimetre from the end zone.
Video: Watching seven levels of humans stack themselves on top of each other is obviously a little bit absurd but it's also pretty damn impressive. They're 12m in the air and the only thing preventing the humans on top from smashing the humans on the bottom is, like, some hand holding. I don't particularly like those odds on paper, but after watching the time lapse it's incredible how sturdy the human tower looks.
Video: It's an age old question that we love to entertain because we're all obsessed with our own mortality and the future of the world: what would happen to the world if humans disappeared? With enough time, the Earth would be able to reset itself and erase any trace of our existence. Mind Warehouse goes deep into answering it by detailing the progression of what would happen when.
To cap off their freshman year at the Naval Academy, hundreds of plebes try to scale the greased down Herndon Monument to replace the hat on top of the 6.40m tall obelisk. It's a fun tradition that teaches teamwork and caps off a hard year — but it looks oh so ridiculous to see so many shirtless human bodies recklessly piled on top of each other, like some sort of zombie horde trying to jump a barrier.
Simone Missick discusses what sets Luke Cage apart from the other Marvel Netflix shows. Robert Downey Jr. returns to Sherlock Holmes. The BBC teases the arrival of Doctor Who's new companion. Plus, new Humans season two casting, new Game of Thrones pictures and petrifying Alice Through the Looking Glass posters. Spoilers!
Summer 2015 marked the failed American odyssey of hitchBOT, the hitchhiking humanoid built for motorists to tote from Salem, Massachusetts, to San Francisco. It got as far as Philly before being torn limb from limb. But in Canada, where people are infinitely friendlier toward roadside robots, the original hitchBOT — which did manage to thumb it cross-country — will be enshrined in a national museum.
A year in space is nothing — to study the isolation that astronauts might experience, scientists first lived in caves for months at a time, isolated from all environmental cues. No offence to Commander Scott Kelly, I'm sure zero-gravity life is hard. But the caves seem much worse.
Video: ASAP Science attempts to explain what life and humans would be like 1000 years in the future. Nanobots would help us limit human weaknesses, buildings would be able to disassemble and reassemble like Transformers, the number of languages would decrease, our skin would get darker, we'd be able to artificially select desirable traits, and so much more. The future is going to be crazy.
It's hard not to feel slightly superior when you belong to the only human species on the planet. Behind us there is a long track of extinct relatives that did not make it to our days. The Neanderthals in Europe went extinct some 40,000 years ago, just as we got there — leading us to believe we forced them out by being so much more advanced.