Sight, by Sight Systems, is a short futuristic film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo that was submitted as a grad project for the Bezaleal Academy of Arts. I couldn’t take my eyes of this clip and now my mind is racing. Is it me or does this video signal AI’s entrance into the Awkward? [...]
Imagine a computer that will be able to recognize you. It will know what you like, what’s happening in your life, and how important you are. Put on a happy face! Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” painted a scary picture of the future in a number of ways. For privacy advocates, one of several [...]
Well… this is a sad day. The epic Martian Chronicles was one of the reasons I became a filmmaker/storyteller/world builder.Farenheiht 451 helped me to become present. Science fiction author Ray Bradbury, whose imagination yielded classic books such as “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Martian Chronicles” and “Something Wicked This Way [...]
I can’t think of a better reason to head Northwest toward Seattle than the awesomeness on display at the EMP Museum, beginning June 9 2012. ICONS OF SCIENCE FICTION will feature rare bits of science fiction history sure to capture the minds and hearts of every sci fi lover. Artifacts on display will feature iconic [...]
Things are becoming more and more strange in this world, with sightings, visits and strange experiences a weird norm as we move further into this century. Television is filling us with vampires living among us, serial killers who earn our respect, and new species of the two-headed variety practically every day on Animal Planet. [...]
Check out the teaser for John Carter – due in theaters March 2012. It’s the latest effort by Disney Pictures and is an adaptation of Edgar Rich Burrough’s classic sci-fi literature series.
Fresh off the presses, are new photos from the Costa Rican set of M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming offering to the Sci Fi Gods – After Earth. Shots are of director, crew and stars, Will Smith and his son Jaden, who last wowed the world in The Karate Kid. According to plot notes, the story is [...]
Looking for that perfect gift for your favorite geek? Consider purchasing a Necomimi, the furry, high-tech fashion accessory that should be should be on the market later this fall. Literally translated as “cat ears,” Necomimi appears at first glance to be a regular headband topped with two furry ears—just like what you’d expect to receive [...]
Archetype is about a hulking metal fella who looks deep into its metallic soul and finds a reason to short out. Aaron Sims, the creature designer behind many blockbusters, is branching out and stepping behind the camera to direct. His credits include Men in Black, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Constantine, [...]
One of the coolest elements of James Cameron’s remake of Dances with Wolves is that the blue cat people are a good five feet taller than the humans. It’s a minor thing, but sci-fi properties like Star Trek have lead us to believe that all alien races are the same proportion. It’s nice to see [...]
Hot off the wires comes this release from the IBM Newsroom: Every year IBM predicts the future of technology via the IBM 5 in 5 initiative–our forecast of five innovations that will help transform aspects of modern life, making the planet smarter, within the next five years. We assess not just the availability of a [...]
Do you really need a setup for a Dark Knight Rises trailer? The trailer is impressive…and on point with the times. #letsgo We are impressed, Mr. Nolan.
Steampunk art evokes an alternate reality where steam is the primary source of power. Technology, though highly advanced, has taken on a very different look and feel, and fashion is heavily influenced by Victorian styles. In this episode, we explore the Steampunk aesthetic and art movement. We speak with a Steampunk artist, a composer who [...]
In the Hollywood film Armageddon, Bruce Willis and a roughneck band of oil-rig workers were sent to destroy an asteroid on a deadly collision course with Earth. The catastrophic scenes depicted in the film just may be less fiction…and more science reality; especially the rover-craft carried by the Space Shuttles, which were used for surface [...]
1942 footage and radio report of “Battle of Los Angeles” synchronized to Byron Palmer’s detailed account of the UFO incident witnessed by a million people on 26 February in sky over southern California. There were a minimum 1430 artillery rounds fired at the object. Palmer was an announcer for the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in [...]
Phathom Breaking News! What happens when two speech-enabled computers are set next to each other and challenged to hold a conversation? Well … This, apparently. Scientists at the Cornell Creative Machines Lab recently fitted two computers with text-to-speech software and a visualization program that makes it look like two people are talking, then plugged the [...]
Hey Phathom Tribe, would you like to take a course in Artificial Intelligence/Robotics at Stanford University for FREEEEEEEE!!!!!! A prominent robotics professor and a Google executive are opening up admission to their popular Stanford University course on artificial intelligence this fall to anyone online, and they have even promised to issue grades and certificates to [...]
NPR took a poll of more than 5,000 of its subscribers and culled down a list of 100 of the top choices for Sci-Fi/Fantasy reading. We love that they created this list – but we know they probably suffered knock down drag out debates to finalize this list. How could anyone decide which is number [...]
A tiny second moon may once have orbited Earth before catastrophically slamming into the other one, a titanic clash that could explain why the two sides of the surviving lunar satellite are so different from each other, a new study suggests. The second moon around Earth would have been about 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) wide [...]
You might’ve heard that there’s a new Spider-Man movie coming out next summer. No, it’s not another Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire collaboration. This is a whole new enchilada that nullifies the established cinematic continuity and starts from scratch. Essentially, we’re getting a reheated remix of the same flick we saw ten years ago. Sure, it features [...]
Three months ago, we visited the world of Full Moon Features’s Trancers, a film in which incomprehensible time travel spawns plot holes the size of Saturn’s rings. And now because no one demanded it, we’re taking a look at Trancers II, the first sequel in this six-part magnum opus. Our story begins in the 23rd century [...]
Back in the ’90s, every action movie was a variation on Die Hard. You got Die Hard on a bus, Die Hard on a boat, Die Hard on Air Force One and so on. But now that we’re in the 21st century, cinematic terrorists are off-limits, and we’ve moved on to aliens hanging out with different kinds [...]
The just released poster for next year’s movie.
In Kevin Smith’s feature-length in-joke Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the character Holden McNeil (played by Ben Affleck) whimsically declares that “[Ben] Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.” Titular stoner Jay counters this unabashed Affleck-on-Affleck praise with a measured, calculated response: “Word, bitch! Phantoms like a mo’ fucker!” The two men end their verbal [...]