Jim Rockford Warned Us About Google And Facebook Back In 1978

Why didn't we listen? The fourth season of The Rockford Files, arguably the greatest television show of all time, features a "futuristic" storyline about a terrible threat. What if a private corporation used computers to gather personal information on hundreds of millions of Americans? Could we trust them with that… » 1/23/15 2:18pm Friday 2:18pm

Man Who Claimed to Be The Inventor of the Jetpack Dies

Justin Capra, a Romanian inventor who claimed to have invented the first functional jetpack, died on Monday at the age of 81. Capra used to say that he built his jetpack in 1956, well before Bell Aerosystems' 1961 untethered flights with their rocket belt. The only problem? He was never able to produce any credible… » 1/21/15 7:35pm Wednesday 7:35pm

Gawker Liveblog: An Episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

Welcome, fans, to the first annual official mid-January liveblogging of an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" that is currently (as of 9 p.m. Eastern time) airing on BBC America. If you want to play along at home, you can find BBC America on your local cable network here. Tonight's episode is "Chain of… » 1/21/15 10:29am Wednesday 10:29am

Oregon Was Founded As a Racist Utopia

When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, working, or owning property there. It was illegal for black people even to move to the state until 1926. Oregon's founding is part of the forgotten history of racism in the… » 1/21/15 10:00am Wednesday 10:00am

There's a Real Robotics Company Called Cyberdyne And Now I'm Scared

Remember the company from the Terminator franchise called Cyberdyne Systems? The same company that builds lethal robots and develops Skynet, the network of computers that eventually tries to destroy all of humanity? Well, there's a real company called Cyberdyne. And they make robotic exoskeletons. Should we be worried? » 1/16/15 6:50pm 1/16/15 6:50pm

Amazon's New Series 'The Man In The High Castle' Is Amazing

What if the Allies had lost World War II, the Nazis had been first to develop the atomic bomb, and the Germans and Japanese had carved up control of United States? That's the premise of the new streaming series from Amazon, The Man in the High Castle — an adaptation of the 1962 book by the same name. And the show is… » 1/15/15 2:50pm 1/15/15 2:50pm

Steven Soderbergh Recuts Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most iconic science fiction films of all time. Transcending the very genre it helped to modernize, it would be an act of desecration for any other person to re-cut Kubrick's masterpiece. Well, hey would you look at that, guess what Steven Soderbergh just did? » 1/14/15 5:30pm 1/14/15 5:30pm