I have more questions to echo yours… speculations, all. No answers, obviously. Does the machine know about the other AIs incubating elsewhere, like the woman Finch met in HongKong who also was developing a similar thing? Is "our" Machine capable (or just mature enough) to consider the scenarios of unknown futures:… » 1/09/15 11:09am 1/09/15 11:09am

When I first learned about Sealand on io9 it seemed ready for an adventure film "based on a true story!" Fun to read about, but it's a cautionary tale about the hassles of starting a nation from a scratch! As to Peter Thiel and partner, why not simply work towards a sustainable design for a floating city? It's easy… » 12/27/14 3:52am 12/27/14 3:52am

Animal Welfare, Science, an Apology and an Analysis

On Wednesday, we published an article about animal welfare in research experiments. It was biased, factually incorrect, and should not have appeared on io9 in that form. As io9's editor-in-chief, I'm the one who screwed up, and I'm sorry. Here's how this mess happened, and what we're doing about it. » 12/01/14 5:44pm 12/01/14 5:44pm

The Machine is still developing. She likely doesn't have a solid end plan, since she's still learning, which is why Root points out that the Machine takes (some kind of) directions from Finch. Wonder if the writers have a solid idea for what the Machine and Samaritan and possibly a 3rd AI might aim for — I'm enjoying… » 10/30/14 3:30am 10/30/14 3:30am

The Smithsonian article quoted asserts, "Yet only recently has scientific opinion shifted beyond viewing this variation as meaningless noise." I'm glad the current generation of younger scientists are coming up with a slew of clever, non-invasive ways to show animal intelligence, creativity, individuality and so on. … » 10/02/14 10:18am 10/02/14 10:18am