Robopocalypse creator Daniel Wilson sets aside his dystopian tendencies to help the XPRIZE’s Sci-fi collection and writing contest find a silver lining in our obsession with intelligent assistants
Researchers in the U.K. trained computers to rate photos of parks and cities for what humans consider to be their scenic beauty. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Security has to start with sound itself
U.S. firms have both the incentive and the opportunity to use information about us in undesirable ways
“Being a scientist doesn’t absolve me of my humanity”
The debate over so-called "net neutrality" has raged for more than a decade between tech entrepreneurs and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who deliver digital content to our computers and mobile devices. Scientific American takes a look at the FCC's proposed plans and clarifies what’s at stake for internet users.
An experimental cell phone works by absorbing and reflecting radio waves—meaning it's incredibly energy efficient and needs no battery. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Instead of laws to restrict robot behavior, robots should be empowered to pick the best solution for any given scenario
Two technologies may be on the verge of surpassing even the most powerful digital computers in a year or so, but key challenges remain unsolved
Increased testing of quantum computing techniques will open the door to solving new kinds of problems
Optical computers may have finally found a use—improving artificial intelligence
A decade ago Apple didn’t just create a phone with some extra features, it introduced a full-fledged handheld computer that could also make calls and browse the internet
AI now matches or exceeds the ability of experts in medicine and other fields to interpret what they see
Cyber security experts say the malicious software is related to the WannaCry attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers in May
Researchers designed an antireflective coating for smartphone screens, with inspiration from the bumpy eyes of moths. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Cash will likely become less popular, thanks to the high cost of using cash and the growing array of alternatives
Researchers are working on ways AI could digest these massive texts and extract their meaning, presenting it in terms that people can actually understand
The device will use artificial neurons and synapses to improve self-driving vehicle and drone performance
Researchers built silver–zinc batteries that can bend and stretch—meaning they could be more elegantly integrated into future wearable devices. Christopher Intagliata reports.
People are good at picking out voices of familiar people’s speech but ear-witness testimonies of strangers’ voices are notoriously unreliable and inaccurate