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In the 2008 Pixar film Wall-E, a robot that’s operated alone for centuries meets and falls in love with another bot, starting a relationship with serious implications for mankind.

Are we ready for bots with feelings? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

Hindustan Times | By Charles Assisi
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 02:19 PM IST
Our smart devices already have a kind of consciousness. Before they evolve further, we need to formulate codes of conduct to regulate how they will interact with us, and each other.
Forests of Abhujhmargh, Chhatisgarh.(From ‘Centralia’ by Poulomi Basu)
Forests of Abhujhmargh, Chhatisgarh.(From ‘Centralia’ by Poulomi Basu)

Review: Centralia by Poulomi Basu

Hindustan Times | By Paroma Mukherjee
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 06:54 PM IST
Truth is stranger than fiction in this photo book, or perhaps it’s one and the same, as photographs become shape shifters in the jungles of central India, the scene of several conflicts
Actor Ritika Anand makes her production debut with JL50.
Actor Ritika Anand makes her production debut with JL50.

Producer-actor Ritika Anand on JL50: ‘Parts of our hearts broke when we decided on OTT release’

By Sweta Kaushal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2020 09:08 PM IST
Ritika Anand, who plays a pilot in JL50 and also makes her production debut with the project, talks about conception of the desi sci-fi, the change from theatrical to digital release and more in an exclusive interview.
Limited edition
Limited edition

Step inside a world of supercars with the OPPO Find X2 Pro

By Partnered Feature, HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2020 09:43 PM IST
This gorgeous, limited-edition smartphone has been inspired by the legendary Aventador SVJ Roadster, and perfectly captures the essence of the super sports car. Watch the video to know more.
Apart from being a great director, Satyajit Ray was a master writer as well
Apart from being a great director, Satyajit Ray was a master writer as well

Celebrating 100 years of Satyajit Ray: Satyajit Ray’s best-kept secret: by Gulzar -Part 3

Hindustan Times | By Lyricst and filmmaker Gulzar
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 09:50 AM IST
The legendary poet, writer and filmmaker celebrates Ray’s Centenary Year with Brunch by penning a special tribute
Famous works and quotes by Jules Verne, author of Around The World In Eighty Days and others.(wikipedia.org)
Famous works and quotes by Jules Verne, author of Around The World In Eighty Days and others.(wikipedia.org)

Famous works and quotes by Jules Verne, author of Around The World In Eighty Days and others

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2020 05:22 PM IST
A visionary who wrote about submarines when none existed in his 1870 novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne is often referred to as the father of science fiction.
Twinkle Khanna(Photo: Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Twinkle Khanna(Photo: Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Writers can’t be skewed because of fear: Twinkle Khanna

Mumbai | By Navneet Vyasan
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 02:21 PM IST
Twinkle Khanna says the author in her, with all its quirky humour, will always show resilience in the face of fear irrespective of who she’s up against
Isaac Asimov won several Hugo and Nebula Awards.(Illustration:Rushikesh Tulshiram Gophane)
Isaac Asimov won several Hugo and Nebula Awards.(Illustration:Rushikesh Tulshiram Gophane)

Isaac Asimov: Shining icon of science fiction

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2020 06:27 PM IST
This science fiction author and biochemist wrote and edited more than 500 books. His best works are the Foundation and Robot series. He also wrote a wide range of non-fiction textbooks.
(HT Illustration: AJAY THAKURI & ANAND SINHA)
(HT Illustration: AJAY THAKURI & ANAND SINHA)

To the stars and beyond: A hundred years of Isaac Asimov

Hindustan Times | By Vidya Subramanian
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2020 07:51 PM IST
Interstellar travel, sentient robots, and supercomputers... on writer Isaac Asimov’s birth centenary, a look back at his legacy
A scene from Round2hell’s video called Aladdin.(Round2hell)
A scene from Round2hell’s video called Aladdin.(Round2hell)

Round2hell: The Youtube channel that gives you comedy, science fiction and more| Cyber Heroes

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2019 04:23 PM IST
In a candid chat, Zayn, Wasim and Nazim, the three founders of Youtube channel Round2hell, tell us about their viral videos, how they create their content and their most challenging video yet in the new series, Cyber Heroes.
The memorable character of Spock in Star Trek was created by screenwriter DC Fontana
The memorable character of Spock in Star Trek was created by screenwriter DC Fontana

Star Trek writer DC Fontana no more: Five women authors of sci-fi you must read

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Prannay
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2019 10:19 AM IST
Move over Isaac Asimov and HG Wells — it’s time you picked up the layered feminist science fiction of Joanna Russ, or the socially conscious speculative works of Octavia E Butler and PD James, the dystopia imagined by Margaret Atwood and Mary Shelley’s enduring Promethean tale Frankenstein.
The Terminator was the first mainstream blockbuster to show travel back in time.
The Terminator was the first mainstream blockbuster to show travel back in time.

Time tripping: See you yesterday... or in a thousand years from now

By Manik Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2019 09:52 PM IST
As a new Terminator film arrives in India next month, here’s why time travel, with its suspenseful blind corners, is such a successful trope
Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share Booker Prize for Fiction.(Margaret Atwood/Twitter)
Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share Booker Prize for Fiction.(Margaret Atwood/Twitter)

It’s a tie: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share Booker Prize for Fiction

London | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2019 10:32 AM IST
Margaret Atwood, 79, is the oldest-ever Booker winner. Bernardine Evaristo, who is of Anglo-Nigerian heritage, is the first black woman to take the trophy. She has published seven previous books.
Jeannette Ng speaking after receiving the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer(Xander Cosgrave)
Jeannette Ng speaking after receiving the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer(Xander Cosgrave)

Rewriting the history of science fantasy fiction

By Mimi Mondal
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 10:56 PM IST
Today’s authors are criticising the questionable heroes of the past. It is a reflection of what’s happening in the world
Facebook-backed research sees progress linking brain signals to words.(Unsplash)
Facebook-backed research sees progress linking brain signals to words.(Unsplash)

Facebook-backed research sees progress linking brain signals to words

San Francisco | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2019 08:41 AM IST
Facebook-backed researchers have managed to translate brain signals into spoken words, bringing the social network’s vision of linking brains and machines closer to reality.

What did trips to the moon look like before we actually got there?

Hindustan Times | By Natasha Rego
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2019 05:50 PM IST
From bird-pulled contraptions to hot-air balloons, a look at the pseudoscience and wild imagination that populated lunar sci-fi until the mid-19th century.
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in a tête-à-tête about her latest book, There’s a Monster Under My Bed!, and her fears and strengths.(Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo)
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in a tête-à-tête about her latest book, There’s a Monster Under My Bed!, and her fears and strengths.(Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo)

A chat with Maneka Gandhi is lit

Hindustan Times | By Medha Shri Dahiya
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2019 01:04 PM IST
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi’s latest book There’s a Monster Under My Bed! is not just another addition to children literature. It’s a book that will help kids and their parents deal with childhood fears before they transmute. And she also talks about FOMO and JOMO.
Each reading centre has a display unit, a cabinet with books, seating facilities and CCTV cameras keeping a vigil eye.
Each reading centre has a display unit, a cabinet with books, seating facilities and CCTV cameras keeping a vigil eye.

Ambernath comes together to get ‘City of Books’ tag

Hindustan Times | By Ankita G Menon
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2019 12:30 AM IST
Supported by the Ambernath Municipal Council (AMC), locals are crowdsourcing books and setting up reading centres at strategic points, all for free.
Differently abled artists perform during an event on the occasion of International Day of Disabled Persons, New Delhi, December 3, 2018. Is there anything left worth hoping for? Ask the disabled people who only manage to participate marginally in systems that are not build conducive to them, but do it every day.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Differently abled artists perform during an event on the occasion of International Day of Disabled Persons, New Delhi, December 3, 2018. Is there anything left worth hoping for? Ask the disabled people who only manage to participate marginally in systems that are not build conducive to them, but do it every day.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Imagining 2019: The system isn’t warped, the system is us

By Mimi Mondal
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2019 07:12 AM IST
Some of us have always lived in dystopias. Inclusiveness, empathy and hope are the brickwork of the future.
Scene in a Kerala village.(Corbis via Getty Images)
Scene in a Kerala village.(Corbis via Getty Images)

Review: The Town That Laughed by Manu Bhattathiri

Hindustan Times | By Revati Laul
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2018 10:35 AM IST
Quite unlike stories set in the city, The Town That Laughed promises to make you hear the cackle of the old grandmother and the lone bicycle bell getting louder as its approaches
Starting with his pioneering paper in 1977, “Economic Growth and Climate: The Carbon Dioxide Problem”, William Nordhaus has over the last 40 years developed and refined a tool for cost-benefit analysis of climate policies(REUTERS)
Starting with his pioneering paper in 1977, “Economic Growth and Climate: The Carbon Dioxide Problem”, William Nordhaus has over the last 40 years developed and refined a tool for cost-benefit analysis of climate policies(REUTERS)

Saving the planet: Is half a Nobel Prize better than none?

By Shreekant Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2018 03:35 PM IST
The decision of the Nobel Prize committee to recognise William Nordhaus is welcome since it focuses attention on practical solutions to global warming
NASA has named 21 constellations after present day mythical heroes and objects(Reuters)
NASA has named 21 constellations after present day mythical heroes and objects(Reuters)

Mythologies engage with science fiction to inform real science

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2018 05:02 PM IST
In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, NASA has named 21 constellations after present day mythical heroes and objects. From The Hulk to Doctor Who’s TARDIS, Godzilla to Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, and Albert Einstein to the Starship Enterprise, all of those things have now been memorialised in the stars.
Fans dressed as Batman (left), Wonder Woman (centre), and Iron Man (right) attend day one of Comic-Con International, San Diego, July 19, 2018(Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Fans dressed as Batman (left), Wonder Woman (centre), and Iron Man (right) attend day one of Comic-Con International, San Diego, July 19, 2018(Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The epic success of Comic Con is a superhero story come true

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 10:02 AM IST
While Comic Con has certainly created space for artistes, it has also benefitted the large franchises disproportionately. The downside of such soaring popularity is the temptation to cater to the lowest common denominator.
A scene from the techno-paranoiac science fiction show Black Mirror’s dystopic episode called Nosedive. It is essentially about a social credit ratings system in society, a similar practice of social credit scores is now in China.(Courtesy Netflix)
A scene from the techno-paranoiac science fiction show Black Mirror’s dystopic episode called Nosedive. It is essentially about a social credit ratings system in society, a similar practice of social credit scores is now in China.(Courtesy Netflix)

Techno-dystopias are here: China is proof

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2018 08:25 PM IST
Currently, trial credit systems, operated by businesses such as Tencent and Alibaba are functioning in China.Based on this scoring system, authorities had blocked people from taking 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million high-speed train trips.
There have been instances of AI that wrote poetry, and very recently, Google showcased their Assistant being able to successfully mimic human responses(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
There have been instances of AI that wrote poetry, and very recently, Google showcased their Assistant being able to successfully mimic human responses(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Artificial Intelligence can bridge the distance between technology and art

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2018 08:17 PM IST
If artificial intelligence can write, direct, and make music; what’s left for us humans?
The Hugo Awards trophy changes slightly each year. This was the design for 2017, by Eeva Jokinen.(Photo by Kevin Standlee)
The Hugo Awards trophy changes slightly each year. This was the design for 2017, by Eeva Jokinen.(Photo by Kevin Standlee)

2 Indians nominated for Hugo Awards for science fiction and fantasy

Hindustan Times | By Jayati Bhola
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 11:37 AM IST
Dalit writer Mimi Mondal and lawyer Gautam Bhatia are on the shortlist for the Oscars of the sci-fi world.
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Keir Dullea in a scene from the 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. An unrestored 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece is coming to select US theatres in May in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary(AP)
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Keir Dullea in a scene from the 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. An unrestored 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece is coming to select US theatres in May in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary(AP)

Legacy of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is not just in the realm of science fiction

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 08:06 PM IST
From that famous opening sequence of the Dawn of Man to the enchanting Stargate sequence; from the confident equanimity of HAL’s voice to the mystery of the monolith, perhaps the reason the film has withstood the test of time is that it explores as many themes of visual art, human endeavour, and philosophy as it does of science
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