The Liminal Web

By JC Martinez-Sifre | Stories which expose the collision of culture and technology that give rise to the individual experience of identity as straddling both the analogue and digital realms.

Q&A: Tech evangelist Robert Scoble predicts mixed reality devices will largely supplant smartphones

Virtual and mixed reality technology is developing even more rapidly than many anticipated. For some, that’s a nightmare scenario, a foreshadowing of …

Minecraft isn't just a game. It's an art form.


Beth Shapiro: How to Clone a Mammoth

De-extinction science<p>When people hear about “ancient DNA” in fossils, Shapiro began, the first question always is “Can we clone a dinosaur?” …


David Graeber on the Value of Work

Game Development

Bitcoin is money, U.S. judge says in case tied to JPMorgan hack

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin qualifies as money, a federal judge ruled on Monday, in a decision linked to a criminal case over hacking attacks against JPMorgan Chase & Co and other companies.<p>U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan rejected a bid by Anthony Murgio to dismiss two charges …

This new augmented reality game turns your home into a real-life horror movie

Augmented reality has finally hit the mainstream in a major way with "Pokémon GO," and a company called Novum Analytics is hoping that its new app will be the next big thing. "Night Terrors: The Beginning" is a terrifying immersive experience which has you wandering around your home in the dark as …

Augmented Reality

Listen on Google Play Music

Google Maps Moves The World's Borders Depending On Who's Looking

A new paper looks at how the online service could foster international disputes<p>Does Google Maps reflect national borders, or does it create them? What are the political and legal ramifications when a country disagrees with the map? That's what a new paper called <i>Google's World,</i> in the <i>Columbia</i> …

"Dead" drummer joins effort to explore the science of rhythm

Grateful Dead

How Tech Is Helping Market the New Star Wars Movie

<i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> is just 16 aching days away, and for months the marketing campaign has been in full—ahem—force. And the tech industry …

Star Wars

Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognizable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it’s also one of the most visible. You can see it from a …

Los Angeles

10 Scientific Breakthroughs That Will Change The World

This coder used old photographs to create a beautiful Google Street View map of New York City in the 1800s

New York City has a long and sprawling history, but looking at the city today, it's hard to tell what it looked like in the past. Luckily an enterprising coder has solved that problem by creating a Google Street View map for New York City for the late 1800s and early 1900s.<p>Developer Dan Vanderkam …

New York Public Library

New System Lets Designers And Researchers “Draw” In 3D Space

A new 3D interactive system created by researchers at the University of Montreal allows designers and builders to “draw” in scenes in real time. By projecting images on a thin material, the system, called Hyve-3D, allows you to swipe through scenes and make colors and shapes appear on walls and …

Silent disco

For nightclub events with no speaking, see Quiet Party.<p>For 2011 play by Lachlan Philpott, see Silent Disco (play).<p><b>silent disco</b> or <b>silent rave</b> is an …

What do you do when you see a USB flash drive embedded in a wall? Plug it in and get surprised

Flash Drives

Google just announced that its AI has dreams and here's what they look like

What do machines dream of? New images released by Google give us one potential answer: hypnotic landscapes of buildings, fountains and bridges merging into one.<p>The pictures, which veer from beautiful to terrifying, were created by the company’s image recognition neural network, which has been …

Deep Learning

Microsoft's Holographic Minecraft Demo Is Stunning

<i>Minecraft</i> is a game we’ve seen countless times before. And yet! The virtual reality demo showcased by Microsoft today makes the game almost seem …

Can You Live Forever?


Google's Cardboard May Help Build Strong VR Foundation | Virtual Reality

During its annual developers conference held last week, Google I/O, the company revealed its latest effort to drive development of Cardboard VR apps …

Virtual Reality

HoloLens Hands-On: How We Built An App For Microsoft’s Augmented Reality Headset

Microsoft’s HoloLens is no joke. We’ve now tried the company’s latest revision of its unreleased augmented reality headset and even built an app for it. The new hardware, which Microsoft also showcased during its Build developer conference keynote yesterday, feels very solid and the user experience …

Paul Saffo: The Creator Economy

The Creator Economy<p>Media innovations drive economic shifts, Saffo began. “We invent new technology and then use it to reinvent ourselves.”<p>1. The …

Computer Or Human? + Thad

Alix and Lulu begin with the story of a man who challenges the machine that gave him a speeding ticket. Then we hear from Thad Starner, who has been wearing a computer since 1993.<p>Transcript<p>ALIX SPIEGEL, HOST:<p>This is INVISIBILIA, stories about the invisible forces that shape human behavior. I'm Alix …


The Trust Engineers

When we talk online, things can go south fast. But they don’t have to. Today, we meet a group of social engineers who are convinced that tiny changes …


Secretive Military Tech Company Announces Augmented Reality Glasses For Consumers

For the past six years, low-key Osterhout Design Group has been building heavy duty smart glasses for the military. But after seeing the kind attention heaped onto gadgets like Google Glass, the small San Francisco-based company is looking towards the consumer market and thinks it has something …

Augmented Reality

Kevin Kelly: Technium Unbound

Holos Rising<p>When Kevin Kelly looked up the definition of “superorganism” on Wikipedia, he found this: “A collection of agents which can act in …


How Bitcoin Could Make Voter Fraud and Stolen Elections Impossible

As Americans lined up to vote this month, it was a reminder that voting is a fundamental requirement for a functioning democracy. It enables individuals to express opinions on how they believe their country should be run and who should run it. This process can be an extremely difficult task, …