Tagged With Isaac Asimov

The sex robot community — the people who make the sex robots, and the people who want to have sex with the sex robots — suffered a blow this past week, when the Houston City Council voted to preemptively ban what would’ve been the first sex robot “brothel” in the US.

But even those council members must know that their gesture was futile. Soon the stigma will fade, and Target will sell these things in 60 different flavours. Which of course means that, sometime in the future, you’ll almost certainly be able to buy a BDSM robot.

Science fiction looks to the future -- but sometimes the future catches up to you. Sometimes, an idea generates tons of great science fiction stories -- until science reveals the truth, and kills it dead. Or technology surpasses it. Here are nine scientific breakthroughs that destroyed science fiction subgenres.

For years, Person of Interest has been right on the cutting edge between commenting on current events and speculating about the future. With its final season, the show is depicting a futuristic nightmare -- and yet, it's also more topical than ever before. We talked to producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman, and they told us the real villain of Person of Interest is Facebook.

It's been 50 years since Isaac Asimov devised his famous Three Laws of Robotics -- a set of rules designed to ensure friendly robot behaviour. Though intended as a literary device, these laws are heralded by some as a ready-made prescription for avoiding the robopocalypse. We spoke to the experts to find out if Asimov's safeguards have stood the test of time -- and they haven't.

Hugo Gernsback had such a huge impact on the history of science fiction that one of the field's most prestigious awards is named after him. But after he founded Amazing Stories in the 1920s, the pioneering editor had a long slide into obscurity.

Isaac Asimov was one of the great sci-fi writers of the 20th century. So, naturally, at the dawn of the space age, the military wanted to tap his brain. In 1959 he was approached by ARPA (now known as DARPA) to "think outside of the box" about how ideas are formed. His brief work for the organisation has never been published, until today.

Isaac Asimov famously wrote an article for the New York Times way back in 1964 where he detailed the world of tomorrow. Tomorrow, in this case, being quite literal for us; Asimov's vision starts on Wednesday. How accurate was he?