By mining a vast database of high-school yearbook photos, a machine-vision algorithm reveals the change in hairstyles, clothing, and even smiles over the last century.
Government officials want us to believe that encryption is helping terrorists, but law enforcement still has plenty of tools to get the data.
A roundup of interesting stories on robotics and artificial intelligence from other sites, collected by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI.
Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets. But before they can become widespread, carmakers must solve an impossible ethical dilemma of algorithmic morality.
Biologists have long puzzled over why neurons have thousands of synapses. Now neuroscientists have shown they are crucial not just for recognizing patterns but for learning the sequence in which they appear.
Researchers in Peru have a new way to capture electricity from plants and bacteria to help rainforest communities.
Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare.
Overdevelopment in China has created urban regions known as ghost cities that are more or less uninhabited. Nobody knew how bad the problem was until Baidu used its Big Data Lab to find out.
Architects are toying with exotic new materials that can be poured into place and yet form complex structures