(Ryan Rodrick Beiler, jeka84 via Shutterstock/Salon) Computer algorithms could run business, law enforcement and more. But what happens when they get it wrong? Andrew Leonard January 3, 2014 12:43pm (UTC)
You may not have noticed it, but over the past year Google has bought eight robotics companies. Its most recent acquisition is an outfit called Boston Dynamics, which makes the nearest thing to a mechanical
Whatever else 2013 will be remembered for, it will be known as the year in which a courageous whistleblower brought home to us the extent to which the most liberating communications technology since printing
What a difference a month makes. Before the start of December, the annual flu season was expected to be normal with an average number of people suffering and a low rate of hospitalizations and deaths.
One council member's educated decision to vote against the ban makes an excellent primer on the science of genetically modified foods. So what exactly is the science on the safety of GMOs? There are a
Eye identification for the rest of us. Iris identification is great for its accuracy, but the gadgets to make it happen can be expensive or unwieldy--and usually not great for personal use. Enter EyeLock
I woke up Christmas Eve with a mild cough. By nightfall, I was so congested I couldn’t breathe out of my nose and over the next few days I melted into a sneezing, tissue-consuming lump of sadness. It until
It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Over the holidays, the British Medical Journal publishes a special edition, in which they "are pleased to consider all kinds of articles." All kinds, indeed.
Nature spent millions of years perfecting flapping-wing flight. Now engineers can reproduce it with machines. Five years ago, Richard Guiler and Tom Vaneck were sitting at a bar a few blocks from their
Curiosity has uncovered ancient, once-wet lakebeds, but there might be some active streams, too. The intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has already confirmed that water once flowed on Mars, but that it's long
A professor of robotics discusses the "robot smog" that could pollute cities of the future. Ah, the good old days when your microwave stayed put where you left it. Introducing autonomous robots into everyday
Like birdwatching, but for military robots. Consider it a rough Audubon guide to the mechanical fauna of battlefields. Created by Amsterdam-based designer Ruben Pater, the Drone Survival Guide is, on side,
This is the most 2013 thing of the year. An Australian brand and marketing specialist and a programmer in Portland, Ore. who have never actually met have successfully combined the year's two greatest Bitcoin,
As Mark Twain observed: "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." And that was a long time before the web. Which brings us to a meme that was propagating last