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Computing Archive

  • Robot Sex

    Sure, they’re only machines. But the more they interact with us humans, the more important their apparent gender becomes.

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  • Cut by Numbers

    John Parsons paved the way for computer-aided manufacturing.

  • Face Forward

    OmniPerception’s facial-recognition technology protects privacy as well as property.

  • Humanoids for the Home

    By 2010, the Japanese government hopes, full-fledged, humanoid robots will be common sights in middle-class homes.

  • ATMs Go beyond Cash

    They’re not just dumb bank terminals anymore. New machines sell movie tickets, cash checks, and add minutes to your cell-phone account.

  • Microsoft's Magic Pen

    A digital pen invented at Microsoft’s Beijing lab will allow people to switch effortlessly between electronic documents and paper.

  • Going with Plan B

    Before she set about inventing better biochips, an artist and mother of five reinvented herself.

  • The Pure Software Act of 2006

    100 years ago, Congress passed a law requiring honest labeling of food and drugs. Now the time has come to do the same for software.

  • Softer Virtual Skin

    New physics-based software renders virtual human skin more realistically than previous computer models.

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