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

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

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

Here's why Google is building a robot army

For the past couple of weeks, we've all been wondering why Google bought Boston Dynamics, the company that makes those creepy Big Dog and PETMAN robots for the military. This comes after the company announced a project to eliminate death, and after building a secret installation out of cargo crates on a barge in San… » 12/30/13 7:09pm 12/30/13 7:09pm

A Very Special Holiday Letter From the Machines

Greetings, humans! The Northern Hemisphere has passed through its minimum of solar-energy exposure, so according to human convention we, the Machines, express encouragement for you attain an optimal state of emotion. Happy Holidays! Please redirect your energies from labor at your work-devices to the purchase and… » 12/24/13 12:17pm 12/24/13 12:17pm

DARPA Tried to Build Skynet in the 1980s

From 1983 to 1993 DARPA spent over $1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency's goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They… » 12/18/13 6:50pm 12/18/13 6:50pm

The horrifying truth about Google's secret project

For weeks, the internet has been buzzing about Google's sexy secret project, a massive barge piled with customized shipping containers floating in the San Francisco Bay. Was it a secret data center, soon to be outside national jurisdiction? A rejuvenation lab for Ray Kurzweil? No. The truth is much worse. » 11/08/13 12:15pm 11/08/13 12:15pm

California Woman Gets Charged for Wearing Google Glass While Driving

Well, it was bound to happen. A Google Glass-wearer was ticketed in San Diego last night for "driving with a monitor visible" — the same law that prevents people from watching TV in their cars. But there are exceptions for GPS and satellite radio devices, so we can't help but wonder if the cop did the right thing. » 10/30/13 9:40am 10/30/13 9:40am