Virtual News Anchors Hit Airwaves In China

China’s Xinhua News Agency, alongside the Chinese search engine Sogou.com, have revealed what they call the “world’s first artificial intelligence news anchor.” Its appearance, facial expressions, and voice were modeled after the real news anchor Zhang Zhao, using machine learning algorithms that essentially “taught” it to recreate his likeness. The final product, what you see …

EVP: I Have the Body of a Pig

A Classic Demonic EVP: “I have the body of a pig.”

Electronic voice phenomena is one of the most haunting aspects of the paranormal. I remember listening to episodes of Art Bell’s Coast to Coast AM long ago involving EVPs, and they ran the gamut, from faint voices saying “hello” to violent disembodied clanging noises, and what Bell himself found so terrifying: the sound of people …

Boston Dynamics Shows Off “Parkour Atlas” Robot

There was a time when you may have looked at Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot and thought, hey, I could outrun that. It was a lumbering hunk of metal, after all. Sure, it could open doors and go for quiet walks in the freshly fallen snow, even lift 10-pound boxes. But in a robot apocalypse scenario? …

Japan, Cloning, And Soul Transfers: A Pamyu Pamyu Conspiracy

Japan, Cloning, And Soul Transfers: A Pamyu Pamyu Conspiracy

I’m going to be up front with you: This one’s a bit weirder than usual. How familiar are you with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu? A Japanese pop star with a penchant for the grotesque and the obscure. A singer, a model, a…blogger, or so Wikipedia tells me. She’s been compared to Lady Gaga, and if you …

Algorithm Helps Discover Even More Unexplained Radio Bursts 3 Billion Light Years Away

AI Discovers Even More Unexplained Radio Bursts 3 Billion Light Years Away

Repeated and unexplained radio pulses from deep space have led astronomers to consider some intriguing possibilities. On August 26, 2017, the Breakthrough Listen program detected a number of fast radio bursts (FRBs) originating from the ‘repeater’ object FRB 121102, located about three billion light years away. Astronomers observed 21 FRBs in total, all within one …

Japan’s Space Agency Successfully Lands Rovers On Asteroid

I don’t know if anyone noticed, but this website erupted in a nightmare the other day. Stranger Dimensions went down for nearly a full 24 hours. I’m talking down. I had to use a backup from August 11 to get things running again. Let’s just say it was a fun and enlightening experience, and it’s …

New Mexico’s Sunspot Solar Observatory Closes Under Unusual Circumstances

New Mexico’s Sunspot Solar Observatory Closes Under Unusual Circumstances

The Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico was evacuated and closed on September 6, and no one knows why. It’s been over a week now, and details have not been forthcoming. According to an initial report by the Alamogordo Daily News, officials stated the observatory was shut down due to a “security issue,” with the …