Will You Be Living in a Drone Zone?

March 20, 2012
Drone aircraft

Computer-piloted drones have become part of life—and death—in war zones. But , according to John Villasenor, we’ll soon be seeing drones in American skies performing non-military tasks. As he explains in this NPR Fresh Air interview, a flurry of ethical, social, legal, and political questions will arrive with those drones.

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Will Your Phone Read Your Mind in 2016? Ask IBM

January 5, 2012 As noted in Chapter 1’s Inventing the Future, predicting the future isn’t easy. But when the predictions are backed by one of the world’s biggest technology innovators, they’re worth considering. In this short, clever video, IBM describes and illustrates “5 in 5″— five technological breakthroughs that could reshape our lives within five years.

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Giving Ten Seconds to World Literacy (Without Knowing It)

January 3, 2012 If you use the web, you’re almost certainly part of a global team that’s digitizing the world’s books, one word at a time. How are you helping digitize one hundred million words each day? In this entertaining, mind-expanding TED talk, Luis von Ahn explains how a group of researchers created reCAPTCHA and turned one […]

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How To Buy A Stolen Credit Card

June 28, 2011

We all know about the risks of credit card theft. But few of us know how it really works. This revealing, chilling report from NPR’s Planet Money takes you to an online marketplace for stolen numbers. It may change forever the way you see those plastic cards in your wallet. (A 4-minute NPR story includes […]

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Google Wallet: A Wireless Credit Card in Your Phone?

June 3, 2011

This summer some consumers will be able to pay for some of their purchases by waving their phones instead of swiping their cards. Google Wallet is an Android App that uses near-field communication technology to send transaction information from phone to merchant terminal. This kind of technology could eventually change the way we do most […]

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