10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017: Paying With Your Face
Face-detecting systems in China now authorize payments, provide access to facilities, and track down criminals. Will other countries follow?
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These technologies all have staying power. They will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Some are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop. But you should know about all of them right now.
Hollywood Has No Idea What to Do with VR
Traditional movies were the popular art form of the 20th century. Is virtual reality what comes next?
The MIT professor who helped pioneer nanoscience and launched a new field of energy research.
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Who needs a Tesla when you can build your own automated copilot using free hardware designs and software available online?
Sure, you can soar or swim in VR. Just put on a headset and jump in a pool.
New questions about the FBI’s power to access data have shifted the years-long political debate over reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
The collapse of the Tokyo company’s nuclear development arm puts a likely end to new U.S. plants.
A humanoid bot called Darwin shows how aspects of nursing and child care might be mechanized.
Inside the Far-out Glass Lab
A key ingredient in flexible and lightweight devices of the future is taking shape at Corning’s research center in rural New York.
Artificial intelligence and robots are transforming how we work and live.
Alphabet-Uber Rivalry Intensifies Over Autonomous Car Cribbing
Waymo claims that an engineer took trade secrets with him on his departure and used them to build new hardware at Uber.
It’s Easy to Slip Toxic Language Past Alphabet’s Toxic-Comment Detector
Machine-learning algorithms are no match for the creativity of human insults.
For Hospitals That Can’t Afford a Surgical Robot, This $500 Device Could Fit the Bill
A tool that mounts to a surgeon’s arm could help with precise medical procedures at small or remote hospitals.
by Emily Mullin
Bad Math Props Up Trump’s Border Wall
Set aside the questions of whether it’s wise to put a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border or who should pay for it. It simply can’t be done at the price Donald Trump has claimed.
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Reprogramming our bodies to make us healthier.
First Magnetic Resonance Microscope Has Human Biochemistry in Its Sights
With a sensor made from diamond, the new microscope can study biochemical processes in unprecedented detail.
Patent Office Hands Win in CRISPR Battle to Broad Institute
The dispute between researchers at UC Berkeley and the Broad Institute over the invention of the powerful gene-editing technique has been decided.
Companies Plan Tests of “Optogenetic Goggles” to Restore Sight
The visor-like devices need to be combined with gene therapy to work.
by Emily Mullin
The promise of software-defined networking and solutions for its wider adoption were explored in depth at VMware’s inaugural future:net event.
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The Next Step in Finance: Exponential Banking
The current technological revolution is accelerating the transformation, not only of industry and business, but also of human lifestyles, culture, and, therefore, society as a whole.
A Secure Model of IoT with Blockchain
The Internet of Things is a fast-growing, increasingly complex network of connected devices. This excerpt from an Open Mind article touches on blockchain as a way of securing this new ecosystem.
by Ahmed Banafa
The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Cybernetics
In this article excerpt, a British researcher discusses why AI and cybernetics are moving beyond the realm of science fiction—but warns that the technologies also raise significant ethical questions.