Reese Gets The Perfect Cover In A Clip From Today's Person Of Interest

Person of Interest continues to be the best, most thought-provoking show on network television right now. And we're absolutely dying to see how last week's cliffhanger gets resolved. But meanwhile, here's an exclusive clip from tonight's episode in which Reese has finally found a way to watch the new number and play… » 11/18/14 11:28am 11/18/14 11:28am

Quite Possibly the Worst Analysis of NSA Spying You Will Ever Hear

In a bizarre application of the old "blame the victim" idea, the Guardian's James Ball has decided that ordinary people with nosy neighbor syndrome are the fundamental cause of government spying. It's a classic example of confusing the cultural problem of gossip with the political problem of surveillance. » 11/13/14 4:00pm 11/13/14 4:00pm

Tonight's Person Of Interest Is A "Bloody, Messy" Game-Changer For Shaw

Sarah Shahi's nervy, ruthless performance as Shaw has been one of the greatest reasons to watch Person of Interest for the past couple of years. And with tonight's episode, she's going to be in her stickiest situation yet. We talked to Shahi on the phone, and she told us about Shaw's biggest upcoming showdown. » 11/11/14 10:51am 11/11/14 10:51am

Dystopian Fashion Comes with Special Signal-Blocking Pocket for Phones

British company The Affair has created a number of science fiction themed fashion lines, but their latest is a masterpiece. The clothing is all modeled on what people wore in George Orwell's 1984, and comes with a shielded phone pocket made from material can effectively pull you off the grid. » 9/25/14 11:29am 9/25/14 11:29am

At Comic-Con? Put On Your Mask for the Surveillance Camera Network

In the TV series Person of Interest, an AI can access virtually every surveillance camera across New York City. So the question is: do cities really create networks of interconnected private and public security cameras? Yes, they do. Including in San Diego, right in the heart of Comic-Con. » 7/25/14 10:10am 7/25/14 10:10am

I Origins Went To Insane Lengths To Get Its Science Right

Mike Cahill's new movie I Origins, out tomorrow, is about a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. And Cahill tells io9 he was absolutely determined to get the science right — not just having scientific advisers, but giving them headphones and planting them in front of monitors on set. » 7/17/14 10:39am 7/17/14 10:39am

​"Happy Foot" And "NoseySmurf" — The NSA's Programs All In One Chart

The Pulitzer Prize-winning news group ProPublica has compiled a list of all NSA programs revealed in the past year and plotted them on a chart based upon whether they are bulk or targeted, foreign or domestic. As is often the case with covert agencies, the codenames achieve the perfect balance of goofy and ominous. » 7/01/14 7:30am 7/01/14 7:30am

Why Being a Person Doesn't Matter If You're Not a Citizen

Science fiction has often grappled with the question of the rights of non-human intelligences that are indistinguishable from the rights of humans. They've often come down to the fact that, no matter their origin, people are people who have certain rights. But they might be focusing on the wrong question. The real… » 6/17/14 3:30am 6/17/14 3:30am

This lecture is the one primer you need on NSA surveillance technology

We know that the NSA has been monitoring millions of calls made in the United States. But what are they doing with that data? And how do they analyze it? Find out everything you need to know in this incredible lecture from Princeton computer science professor and government technology adviser Ed Felten. » 2/28/14 5:05pm 2/28/14 5:05pm