Science fiction publishers are being flooded with AI-generated stories
Across the 17-year history of Clarkesworld, a renowned literary magazine of science fiction and fantasy, authors have speculated about how evolving, futuristic technology will impact our world. Now, e
Watch the trailer for Netflix’s new family space drama about a mission to Mars
As deep space missions and Mars colonies continue to shift from science fiction to potential near-future reality, it’s not surprising to see Hollywood think about different types of stories to t
If we could see alternate realities, would we want to take a look?
Well, here we are. After many weeks (and a somewhat inconsistent publishing schedule), we have arrived at the final story of Ted Chiang’s Exhalation collection, number nine of nine. It has been a fu
What is the purpose of belief in a world of innovation?
We are reading the penultimate short story in Ted Chiang’s collection Exhalation. Omphalos questions what it means to believe: in our world, in alternative worlds, and in ourselves. Given that belie
Why you can’t overlook the small details in the pursuit of innovation
This week, we read a very short story, The Great Silence, as we start to head toward the end of Ted Chiang’s Exhalation collection. This story asks questions about how we connect with nature, and al
With better recall of our photos and videos, will our ability to forgive disappear?
We’re cruising through the short stories in Ted Chiang’s collection “Exhalation.” Today, we read one of the most popular from the set, “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling,&#
How do we connect a child to technology?
We are now on to the fifth short story of nine in Ted Chiang’s collection “Exhalations.” This one is a very short one at only a couple of pages, but despite its brief length, it explores
With the development of generalized AI, what’s the meaning of a person?
For the next installment of the informal TechCrunch book club, we are reading the fourth story in Ted Chiang’s Exhalation. The goal of this book club is to expand our minds to new worlds, ideas, and
Can a time machine offer us the meaning of life?
We are continuing our discussion of Ted Chiang’s “Exhalations.” Today (and one day late because of the MLK holiday), I give some thoughts on the first short story of the collection, “T
Reading Ted Chiang’s ‘The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate’
What would we do if we could visit our own pasts or futures? Are we more likely to change our timelines, or will our timelines actually project themselves back on to us more forcefully? This is the fi
Government is a technology, so fix it like one
The Roman Empire, the Iroquois Confederacy and the United States of America are human inventions as surely as airplanes, computers, and contraception. Technology is how we do things, and political ins
How to see our world in a new light
Startups are ultimately vessels of speculation, of new products, new markets, and innovations the world has never seen. While data and information are important components for exploring the frontiers
Apple adds an M. Night Shyamalan thriller to its roster of original shows
Apple will apparently have every kind of show from anyone with any kind of name working in Hollywood when it launches its updated approach to original video content: The latest original on its slate i
The LifeClock One will help you escape from mundanity
Whether you’re trapped on a futuristic island prison full of blood-thirsty gang members or simply stuck in a two-hour meeting, the LifeClock One might be the watch for you. Inspired by the movie
Author Nick Montfort tells us how to define the future
Nick Montfort is a professor in MIT’s Comparative Media Studies/Writing and the author of a new book, “The Future.” His book explores “future makers” – people who create the fu
Imagining five retro technologies as startup pitches
Silicon Valley is a bubble. Go into any SoMa coffee shop and you’ll hear founders and investors alike singing the praises of Hyperloop and flying cars — sci-fi tropes reincarnated by billionaires
The Firefly 2 offers a smooth, cool draw for your vaping pleasure
It’s getting nigh on Holiday Season and how better to celebrate the old Yule log than with a nice herbal vaporizer. The Firefly 2 is a very clever and very well-built convection vape that create
The importance of science fiction to entrepreneurship
There are three types of science fiction (in my view): crap, serialized crap and hard-science science fiction. The last type contains a wealth of visions of the future, many of which we enjoy today, a
WWE SmackDown moves to SyFy: Remember when they used to have science fiction?
<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/rey.jpg" />Exciting—and confusing—TV news for y'all. For whatever reason, <a HREF="http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/04/19/and-s
RIP Kurt Vonnegut
Sad news this evening. Literary icon Kurt Vonnegut has died due to head trauma resulting from a fall a few weeks ago. He was the author of 14 novels including Slaughter House 5, Breakfast of Champions