The U.S. Army Is Using a Chatbot to Recruit New Soldiers

He hasn't served in any military campaigns. He's never won a medal. Heck, he's not even alive. But to millions of people, Sgt. Star, the Army's recruitment chatbot, is one of the most recognizable soldiers in America. And he's gathering a lot of personal data. » 4/18/14 2:20pm Today 2:20pm

How Your Body's Unique Biosignatures Are Used for Surveillance

Not long ago, fingerprints were the cutting edge of biometric profiling. Today, the use of biosignatures to identify individuals has expanded to include everything from iris and facial scans right through to DNA profiling and even the unique shape of a person's ass. Here's what you need to know about how companies and… » 2/12/14 11:30am 2/12/14 11:30am

Man receives the creepiest letter ever from OfficeMax

It sounds like something out of a horror movie. Mike Seay, whose daughter died last year in a car accident, received a piece of junk mail from Office Max addressed to "Mike Seay, Daughter Killed In Car Crash." How did OfficeMax have this information? The more he investigated, the more the story became science fiction. » 1/22/14 5:37pm 1/22/14 5:37pm

10 Ways Big Data is Creating the Science Fiction Future

Sometimes, it already seems like the websites you visit know more about you than you know about yourself — but this is just the beginning. Every day you're helping to generate masses more data, which computers are getting better and better at crunching. How long will it be before the predictive power of these systems… » 1/19/12 10:05am 1/19/12 10:05am

In Dystopian 1975, The Government’s “Snooping Machine” Watches Us All

Writing in Playboy in 1968, Alan Westin predicted that in just seven short years, improved techniques in computerized data gathering would result in "a record-control society that could make George Orwell's Oceania almost look like a haven of privacy." We've got a few spookily familiar moments from his dystopian vision… » 7/17/08 1:27pm 7/17/08 1:27pm

Implantable Wi-Fi network Invented, Dennis Quaid Flies Into Jealous…

It's been 21 years since Dennis Quaid pioneered the field of implantable communications technology by sending traveler's dispatches from inside Martin Short's body (and briefly Meg Ryan's too, hubba hubba!) in Innerspace. Now, Dennis, it seems you've been outdone. The UK's Office of Communications has just issued a » 5/08/08 9:30am 5/08/08 9:30am

Quantum Internet Could Protect Batman's Secret Identity

With countries like China, Pakistan, and even the US spying on their citizens, it's nice to know a remedy might be on its way in the form of the Quantum Internet. As researchers like Seth Lloyd of MIT make progress toward the goal of quantum computing, they've found that the same architecture used to build quantum… » 5/06/08 1:51pm 5/06/08 1:51pm