*This podcast contains spoilers for the movie Good Kill* The military’s drone pilots are physically removed from the battlefield, but, seven days a week, they spend 12-hour days staring at a screen, waiting for orders to kill from above. And then they go home, or to the bar, or to their daughter’s dance recital. Good
Our universe seems real, but is it really? As humans get better at simulating artificial intelligence, it seems at least plausible that we could create life that is both conscious and has free will. And if we can create conscious life, who’s to say that the universe, as we know it, wasn’t created by superintelligent
Why would someone willingly spend years hanging out with people who make fun of recently dead teens? To write a book about the experience, of course. Motherboard meets Whitney Phillips, a Humboldt State University researcher and author of ‘This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,’ an academic look at why internet trolls act the
In 2017, Valery Spiridonov hopes to become the first human to have his head transplanted onto a new body. We talk to Val, his would-be surgeon Sergio Canavero, and Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist about the process. Then, Motherboard’s staff talks about Cookie Clicker, our new office obsession.
Do we have to die? The world’s first transhumanist candidate for president doesn’t think so.
The Silk Road trial has only been going on for two weeks, and already it’s had its fair share of drama: There have been setups by the prosecution, accusations and alternative theories tossed out by the defense, and, yes, selfies. Motherboard’s Kari Paul has been at the trial every day of the week, and our reporters have been covering Silk
If you see the words “copyright” and “law” juxtaposed next to each other, and your eyes glaze over, we don’t necessarily blame you. But copyright law is insane, and a wonderful, constant source of nutty human interest cases that explore every part of art, culture, and greediness. This week on Radio Motherboard, we invited the Electronic Frontier
The first season of the ultra-popular podcast Serial is over, but lots of questions remain, in no small part due to the lack of evidence tying then-high school student Adnan Syed to the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Huge swaths of Sarah Koenig’s longform storytelling (and reporting) experiment are dedicated to frustratingly minute details of what cell
In her filmmaking, the director Laura Poitras—my guest on this edition of Radio Motherboard—likes to document reality as it happens, those moments of uncertainty that often don’t appear on film. “There’s something about how we look at the past which has a kind of finality and closure to it, where life doesn’t usually happen that way,” she told me.
Interstellar may not be a great film—then again, it might be—but it does cut to the heart of quite a few of the themes we regularly hit on here at Motherboard: Space colonization, ecological collapse, near and far future dystopias, theoretical physics, the enduring power of love. Maybe not so much that last one, but
The news was tailor made to dominate the media: Sony had been hacked, deeply, by a group calling themselves ‘Guardians of Peace’, possibly a squad of North Koreans. Social security numbers, bank records, unreleased movies, company wages, and embarrassing Power Points all spilled out of what was quickly labeled the biggest corporate hack in history. So this week on
Tomorrow, most of us will probably, at some point, sit down with their friends and/or family, have a few drinks, catch up, and oh yeah, eat some food. There’s a very good chance that the food you eat will be, well, food. Chances are it’ll consist of some mix of turkey, tofurkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes,