TV And Film Still Don't Know How To Depict Texting (Or The Internet)

BBC's Sherlock does a pretty top-notch job of portraying text messages, but as Tony Zhou points out in the latest installment of Every Frame a Painting, cinematic representations of the digital world – including texting and the Internet – remain, for the most part, inefficient, ineffective, and uninspired. » 8/16/14 10:30am Saturday 10:30am

U.S. Military Veterans Criticize Police Tactics In Ferguson

Recent events in Ferguson have prompted a national debate about "over-militarized" police forces that have acquired sophisticated, high-tech Pentagon equipment — including drones — through Homeland Security funding. But, how do actual military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan assess the situation? » 8/15/14 6:20am Friday 6:20am

What's Your Favorite Obsolete Technological Term That People Still Use?

We live in a time of super-rapid technological change. CDs replaced vinyl, only to be replaced in turn by digital downloads. But language doesn't change as fast — we talk about camera shutters, touching that dial, and "tuning in." What's your favorite obsolete term that's still used all the time? » 8/13/14 7:00am 8/13/14 7:00am

Should Robotics Companies Help The Workers They Displace?

The Pew Research Internet Project has just published a major survey of tech experts, asking whether they thought robotic devices would displace significant numbers of blue- and white-collar workers. Opinions are divided, with 52% saying no, and 48% warning that we could see a new underclass of unemployable people. » 8/08/14 11:40am 8/08/14 11:40am

Why We Need To Stop Saying Cyberattacks Are An "Existential" Threat

Leaders from Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, the FBI and other government agencies warn that the U.S. is vulnerable to cyberattacks that could threaten the country's very existence. But one adviser to the White House argues that such statements exaggerate the danger and distract the government from the actual risks. » 8/08/14 6:30am 8/08/14 6:30am

NASA's New Spacecraft Will Have A Star Trek-Like Cockpit

The new Enterprise bridge on Star Trek: TNG replaced buttons and switches with backlit touch panels. This "prophetic" technology was created because production designers didn't have the budget to create and install individually lighted buttons. But, aboard the Orion spacecraft, sci-fi has once again become sci-fact. » 7/31/14 8:01am 7/31/14 8:01am

​Recreation of Richard III's Skeleton Shows Why He Was Called an Imp

Tourists visiting the Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester can gaze into the empty grave where the king's skeleton was discovered in 2012. His actual bones are being reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. But a 3D-printed replica is there, revealing details such as the late monarch's twisted spine and mortal wounds. » 7/29/14 3:30pm 7/29/14 3:30pm

The U.S. Economy Is A Casualty Of NSA Surveillance Programs

Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the true extent of the National Security Agency's surveillance methods, the public debate has focused mostly on issues of privacy and national security. But new evidence shows that the fallout from the NSA backlash is wider than we thought, and could cost U.S. companies billions. » 7/29/14 1:30pm 7/29/14 1:30pm