A Nerve-Wracking Glimpse At The Future Where Computers Think For Us

We already outsource our memories, calculations and a lot of our fact-checking to Google and other systems. But what happens when the computers start actually guessing what we're going to think before we think it? That's the subject of this unnerving flash fiction by Schlock Mercenary's Howard Tayler. » 2/19/15 10:51am 2/19/15 10:51am

Google's New Self-Driving Cars Will Hit Roads In January

Google's self-driving cars are getting an upgrade. The latest model trades in the kludgy, rack-mounted, rooftop LIDAR system for a marginally sleeker form factor – a thimble-shaped peduncle that looks like a police siren crossed with a Mac Pro. It's also getting real headlights! » 12/26/14 9:20am 12/26/14 9:20am

Marvel Subpoenas Google Over the Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Leak

It's not a huge shock that Marvel and its parent company, Disney, are not happy that the Age of Ultron trailer that was supposed air during Agents of SHIELD got leaked a week early. So they've turned to the page in the angry corporation playbook labeled "invasive legal action." » 11/07/14 4:30am 11/07/14 4:30am

Google X Labs is developing a pill that could one day detect cancer and heart disease. The pill would contain 2,000 nanoparticles coated with antibodies and molecules capable of detecting other molecules, and travel through the patient's bloodstream in search of malignant cells. The findings would be transmitted to a… » 10/29/14 7:00pm 10/29/14 7:00pm

Google Hiked Through Tanzania To Show You Where The Chimps Live

Earlier this month, we brought you panoramic views of the Liwa Desert near Abu Dhabi, thanks to a Google Street View camera mounted on the back of a camel. Today we're taking you deep into the forests of Tanzania, where Google has brought you images of Gombe National Park, home of Jane Goodall's chimpanzees. » 10/27/14 5:37pm 10/27/14 5:37pm

A Google Executive Just Crushed Felix Baumgartner's Free Fall Record

Move aside, Felix Baumgartner. Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, fell from the top of the stratosphere this morning, plummeting nearly 26 vertical miles in the span of about 15 minutes. In doing so, he has broken Baumgartner's 2012 record for world's highest-altitude free fall – and by a pretty… » 10/24/14 5:00pm 10/24/14 5:00pm

Apparently Google Glass Addiction Is Now A Thing

For the first time ever, psychologists have treated an individual for internet addiction disorder caused by overuse of Google Glass. The patient had been exhibiting withdrawal symptoms when not using the device, and even dreamt he was wearing it. » 10/15/14 9:40am 10/15/14 9:40am

Google Strapped a Camera To a Camel To Put The Desert on Street View

How do you map a desert when it's not exactly the best place to drive one of Google's Street View cars? Camel-cam, that's how. » 10/08/14 2:34pm 10/08/14 2:34pm

This A.I. Can Tell Which Neighborhood Is Safe Better Than You Can

Imagine you're dropped in the middle of an unknown city and you need to find a restaurant in a safe area using only the visual cues around you. Sounds hard, right? Well, researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm that can do it — and it consistently outperforms humans. » 9/26/14 11:40am 9/26/14 11:40am

Google Wants to Create a Map of What a Healthy Human Body Looks Like

It's the ultimate baseline study — an effort to collect the fullest picture of what a healthy human being should look like. » 7/25/14 10:40am 7/25/14 10:40am

Historical Street View Shows How Detroit Is Turning Into Chernobyl

A quarter-century after becoming a radioactive human-free zone, the Chernobyl region has returned to nature. Sadly, Detroit is going through the same transformation owing to it's shrinking population — as Google's sobering Historical Street View demonstrates. » 6/11/14 12:30pm 6/11/14 12:30pm

What You Should Know About Google's Military Robots—In Comic Form

Last year, Google bought eight robotics companies in just six months, making the search giant a US military contractor. So what is the relationship between Google and the Department of Defense? This comic sheds a bit of light on the current situation. » 6/03/14 12:30pm 6/03/14 12:30pm

How do we get to all autonomous cars?

Google's prototype car that was revealed earlier this week has no steering wheel but the models they will be testing later this year will still have manual controls. But as Erik Sofge points out, to receive the full benefits of driverless cars all cars on the road will need to be autonomous. » 5/30/14 1:32am 5/30/14 1:32am

Google is going to make its own self-driving cars. With a maximum speed of 25 mph (40 kph), the cartoonish vehicle only has a stop/go button — so it has no steering wheel, accelerator, or brake pedal. Users can chart their progress with a touchscreen. You can see the car in action here. » 5/28/14 6:20am 5/28/14 6:20am

The 10 Algorithms That Dominate Our World

The importance of algorithms in our lives today cannot be overstated. They are used virtually everywhere, from financial institutions to dating sites. But some algorithms shape and control our world more than others — and these ten are the most significant. » 5/22/14 10:26am 5/22/14 10:26am

Your State's Most Popular Unique Google Search Is Super-Embarrassing

There is one search term that your state Googles more than any other state and, unless you live in Maine or Tennessee, it's probably really, really embarrassing. Estately compiled these unique searches, which range from the sad — Arizona's "Conjugal Visits" — to the disturbing — Missouri's "Family Circus." » 5/22/14 7:56am 5/22/14 7:56am

Use Google Maps To Look Backwards In Time

We've gotten so used to seeing our maps loaded with satellite imagery, that it doesn't seem so remarkable. But what if you could see not just a mapped area in its present, but also look back through the years, at what it used to be? » 4/23/14 12:40pm 4/23/14 12:40pm

Is Google Aiming Too Low By Planning A "Science Fictional" Future?

That new profile of Google X, Google's mysterious futuristic project, includes the intriguing detail that all of Google X's projects must have "a component that resembles science fiction." That sounds ambitious and thrilling. But the Atlantic's Robinson Meyer says that's actually too narrow a view of the future. » 4/16/14 12:07pm 4/16/14 12:07pm

That Time Google Tried To Design A Space Elevator

It may be a while before space elevators become a reality, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start trying. Recently, the head of Google X's Rapid Evaluation team confirmed that its secretive R&D lab actually tried to design one — but fell short on account of one major technological hurdle. » 4/16/14 6:40am 4/16/14 6:40am

Google Launches Tool to Monitor Deforestation in Near-Realtime

Google has partnered with more than 40 other organizations to create a sobering deforestation-monitoring tool. Called Global Forest Watch, the tool enables visitors to witness worldwide deforestation as it happens, in near-realtime. » 2/22/14 4:00pm 2/22/14 4:00pm