Joelle Renstrom teaches writing with a focus on sci-fi, robots, and space exploration at Boston University. She maintains an award-winning blog, Could This Happen, about the relationship between science and science fiction. Her collection of essays, Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature, was published in August 2015.
TV shows and video games are capitalizing on our desire to see mechanical bots destroy each other... MORE
What happens when artificial intelligence has to make tough moral choices—say, a self-driving car... MORE
By 2022, one million nurse jobs will be unfilled—leaving patients with lower quality care and... MORE
Valkyrie can move its hands, bend its legs, turn door handles, and even dance. Its next task?... MORE
If you find yourself in court in the near future, your lawyer might be a robot.
It won’t be long before your martini is mixed by a robot and your steak is delivered by drone. MORE
We’re moving beyond just prosthetics and wearable tech.... MORE
One thing in our future is certain: pizza bots. MORE
Your next favorite artist, writer, or musician might be a robot. MORE
Roaches are speedy, agile, and nearly indestructible—which is why engineers are so interested in... MORE
Since robots are immune to corruption and greed, they could make great politicians. No, really. MORE
If robots invite you to game night, prepare to lose. MORE
Marvin Minsky died last week, but his legacy—one that spans across robotics, science, and pop... MORE