How Border Drones Were Born During the Vietnam War

From 1968 until 1973, the US military spent about $1 billion a year on a new computer-powered initiative intended to end the war in Vietnam. It went by many names over the years — including Practice Nine, Muscle Shoals, Illinois City and Dye Marker. But today it’s most commonly known as Operation Igloo White. »9/23/15 5:05pm9/23/15 5:05pm


Why Is My Smart Home So Fucking Dumb?

A few weeks ago, a couple friends and I were about to watch a surprisingly bad scifi movie in my crowded apartment. One of them asked if we could dim the lights, and started to head to the switch. "No, no, I've got it," I said, reaching into my pocket. "He's reaching for his phone!" said the friend. This was the… »2/12/15 12:54pm2/12/15 12:54pm

Artificial finger brings us closer to prosthetic limbs with a sense of touch

A breakthrough in tactile sensor technology could pave the way for advanced prosthetics, that have a better sense of touch than regular human fingers. Researchers at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering have developed a robotic fingertip that can distinguish different materials by… »6/22/12 6:16pm6/22/12 6:16pm