Data

Computers See Your Face as a Child. Will They Recognize You as an Adult?

As facial recognition systems improve, they will get better at identifying people at different ages, even very young children.

Emerging Tech

CAPTCHAs Are Becoming Security Theater

Google doesn't need us to prove our humanity with distorted text anymore -- they can simulate it now.

Data

In Defense of Google Flu Trends

If the system failed, it did so only in the outsize dreams of Big Data acolytes.

Emerging Tech

Man vs. Sea: The Quest for the Perfect Armor Is Nearly Complete

Slowly, humans are developing the ability to act like ourselves in the deep water.

CIO Briefing

Why Drugs Need Horseshoe Crab Blood for FDA Approval

Everyone who has had an injection in the U.S. has been protected by the blood of a forgettable sea creature.

Emerging Tech

This GIF Shows What Might Be Water Flowing on Mars

Thanks to seasonally warm temperatures and some iron-based anti-freeze.

CIO Briefing

Snipers Coordinated an Attack on the Power Grid, but Why?

A story seemingly stolen from the pages of a crime thriller, but far less comprehensible.

Emerging Tech

Introducing (1978!) Cellular Phone Service

Bell Labs explains Advanced Mobile Phone Service, available in a car near you.

Emerging Tech

Earth Resumes Surveillance of Mercury

After a two-month hiatus, the Messenger spacecraft has resumed sending home images of the sun's closest companion.

CIO Briefing

The Future of the Army: Fewer Soldiers, More Robots, More 'Lethality'

If Google is doing it, DARPA is also doing it, but with more lethality.

Emerging Tech

These Two Guys Tried to Rebuild a Cray Supercomputer

It wasn't easy, even though your iPhone is ten times faster than machines that used to be model nuclear weapons.

Emerging Tech

Where Do We Go From Here? 8 Hypotheses About Tech in 2014

The year ahead will be the beginning of a new cycle in the long story of humans and the tools they use.

Cybersecurity

61.5% of Web Traffic Is Not Human

And here's how to build your own little traffic bot, even though you shouldn't.

Emerging Tech

Drone-Delivery Expert on Amazon's Plans

"We’re convinced that it’s going to be the next big paradigm in transportation."

Data

HP Lovecraft on Big Data

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."

Emerging Tech

How the Comet Lost Its Tail

An entrancing lesson in the power of the coronal mass ejection -- on Thanksgiving?!

Emerging Tech

Is Google's Secretive Research Lab Working on Human-Dolphin Communication?

The short answer is 'no,' but the long answer is much more interesting.