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The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

Why Facebook is beating the FBI at facial recognition

If you're worried about Big Brother and computerized facial recognition, this summer has given you plenty of reason to be scared. Law enforcement has been toying with facial recognition for a while, but the FBI is getting set to deploy its own system, called Next Generation Identification (NGI for …

Car insurance companies want to track your every move—and you’re going to let them

The proposition is simple: Install a device in your car and allow your insurance company to monitor your driving—how fast you drive, how hard you brake, how sharply you corner, and so on. In exchange, it will give you a discount on your premiums.<p>That might sound alarming, but it shouldn’t be …

What science fiction can teach big business

Why are household brands that sell us kitchen appliances or snack food now commissioning science fiction authors and artists? Chris Baraniuk reports.<p>Tasers. Mobile phones. The world wide web. All these technologies can be found in science fiction stories, decades before they became realistic – and …

Neuroscience: ‘I built a brain decoder'

What are you looking at? Scientist Jack Gallant can find out by decoding your thoughts, as Rose Eveleth discovers.<p>Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you’re seeing if you’re in his machine watching a movie he’s playing for you.<p>Gallant, a researcher at the University …

Security researcher nukes files with 'dead hand', despite not being dead

A security researcher working on zero-day exploits accidentally destroyed the local copies of his research after a "dead hand" system fired while he was in hospital with pneumonia.<p>Arrigo Triulzi, the co-founder of security firm K2 Defender, had set up the system to protect against attempts to …

How real are the robots in Spielberg's Extant?

The Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi drama <i>Extant</i> imagines a world where human-level artifical intelligence is on the cusp of reality -- or perhaps …

Bill Gates Wants To Turn Your Birth Control On With A Remote

As far as contraception innovation goes, for the past several years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been leading the pack. Next on the …

Here's What Happens When Cellphone Users Get Their Own Lane On The Sidewalk

There are bike lanes. There are slow lanes and fast lanes. And now, at least for a little while, there's a lane for cellphone users.<p>The lane was drawn by the folks behind a new National Geographic TV show called "Mind Over Masses," according to Yahoo Tech's Rob Pegoraro. The show, which was …

This Robotic Tank Gives Goldfish The Steering Wheel

You go, fish!<p>If Thomas de Wolf gets his way, pet fish will soon navigate terra firma. A co-founder of Netherlands design firm Studio diip, de Wolf built a motorized tank that empowers goldfish to drive around. “We wanted to make something that showcases computer vision technology, but not in such …

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The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful

In San Francisco, the centre of the US tech revolution, restaurant workers are lobbying for a minimum wage increase. In response, a conservative lobby group that campaigns on behalf of the restaurant industry threatened to replace the workers with iPads.<p>Restaurant workers already claim food stamps …