Sep 7, 2018
Paying with Your Face
Face-detecting systems in China now authorize payments, provide access to facilities, and track down criminals. Will other countries follow?
Sep 5, 2018
Instagram's co-founders exit social network
Kevin Systrom, Instagram's chief executive, and Mike Krieger, its chief technology officer, have resigned and plan to leave in the coming weeks. In a statement, Systrom said he and Krieger are "grateful" for their time at Instagram...
Sep 3, 2018
Tractor-trailers without a human at the wheel will soon barrel onto highways near you. What will this mean for the nation's 1.7 million truck drivers?
Aug 29, 2018
The Cell Atlas
In 1665, Robert Hooke peered down his microscope at a piece of cork and discovered little boxes that reminded him of rooms in a monastery. Being the first scientist to describe cells, Hooke would be amazed by biology's next mega-project:...
Aug 27, 2018
Dueling Neural Networks
Artificial intelligence is getting very good at identifying things: show it a million pictures, and it can tell you with uncanny accuracy which ones depict a pedestrian crossing a street.
Aug 24, 2018
Materials' Quantum Leap
The prospect of powerful new quantum computers comes with a puzzle. They'll be capable of feats of computation inconceivable with today's machines, but we haven't yet figured out what we might do with those powers.
Aug 22, 2018
One day, babies will get DNA report cards at birth. These reports will offer predictions about their chances of suffering a heart attack or cancer, of getting hooked on tobacco, and of being smarter than average.
Aug 20, 2018
Perfect Online Privacy
True internet privacy could finally become possible thanks to a new tool that can. For instance, let you prove you're over 18, without revealing your date of birth, or prove you have enough money in the...