autonomy

Fighting Words

Brett Kavanaugh Is a Threat to Disabled People’s Rights

Kavanaugh’s record suggests he doesn’t recognize the inherent humanity and value of the disability community at large.
s.e. smith
9.18.18
Pregnancy

Laws That Punish Pregnant Women for Drinking Do More Harm Than Good

A new study reveals that punitive laws surrounding alcohol use among pregnant women may be rooted in suppressing women's autonomy, rather than improving public health.
Leila Ettachfini
8.3.17
tv

Why Humanoid Robots Are Invading Our Movies and TV

Between 'Westworld', 'Humans' and last year's 'Ex Machina', the influx of androids is undeniable. But it's not them we fear—it's something about us.
Tom Duggins
11.1.16
Europe

Catalonia Has Just Launched Its Official Secession Process From Spain

The regional government of Spain's richest region today voted in favor of a resolution to split from the country, but Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would ensure that the move has "no consequences.”
Reuters and VICE News
11.9.15
All Fronts

The Inevitabilities of Killer Robots

What is inevitable if killer robots make their way to the battlefields of the world is the creation of military necessity where none yet exists.
Jody Williams
9.14.15
Europe

'There's No Going Back': Why Spain and Catalonia Are on Immediate Collision Course Over Independence

This month's election in the Spanish region of Catalonia will function as a mongrel referendum on independence. The opening shots have just been fired and over 1 million people are gathering in Barcelona.
Sam Edwards
9.11.15
video

Watch This Robot Move a Heavy Object Better Than You

And no Advil needed.
Jordan Valinsky
6.1.15
News

X37-B, the Military's Secretive Space Drone, Is Going Back Into Orbit

The space plane will be used to test ion propulsion, among many other classified missions.
Jason Koebler
5.20.15
videos

The Dawn of Killer Robots

Watch Motherboard's film on the evolving relationship between humans and robots, and what intelligent machines bode for the future of warfare and humanity.
Connelly LaMar and Brian Anderson
4.16.15
asia & pacific

China Decries the Dalai Lama's 'Double Betrayal' and Demands He Reincarnate

China’s ruling Communist party has informed Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader he will be reborn, but into a body of its choosing.
Liz Fields
3.12.15
Stuff

Being Pro-Choice Isn't Just About Abortion

The violation of human rights during pregnancy and birth is no imaginary first-world issue—it's frighteningly real across the planet.
Rebecca Schiller
3.6.15
Art

There's a Trust Fund for Self-Aware, Art-Making Robots

Pay 'nonhumans' for their art today to fund their foothold in civilization tomorrow
Matthew Braga
1.19.15
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