Just days after we told you about an organization working to prevent robot drones from becoming autonomous death machines, a new organization has been announced along a similar theme: Ensuring the survival of humanity in the face or newly intelligent machines.
In the paranoid future of the genetically discriminatory security state, your life will be defined by your DNA, and access will be controlled by machines that instantly read samples of your genetic code to verify your identiy. When will this all kick in? It won't be long now, thanks to NEC's new DNA analyzer that can brand you as an in-valid in under 25 minutes.
The marriage of artificial and bio-materials to create cyborg insects and rats is still a bleeding-edge field with fascinating possibilities for human applications. That sometimes controversial vision of the future just took a dramatic turn towards blurring the man-versus-machine lines with the debut of a 3D-printed robot that uses heart cells to walk.
The Kinect has already shown us the beginnings of a new world of console gaming interfaces controlled by gestures, but a new development promises to bring that dynamic to tiny mobile devices using the world's first electrical field-based 3D gesture controller.
If you're the kind of person who likes to hang out in the local Best Buy checking out its big home theater or playing video games without ever actually buying something, new security software could mess up your strategy.
Whatever you think of the Alien prequel Prometheus, it's hard to deny that one of the coolest parts is when the mohawked geologist throws his robotic sensor drones to map the alien ship. Now a company has taken us a step closer to such a reality with a throwable sensor and camera device.
The promise of Google Glass is essentially the ability to compute from a pair of glasses using a side-mounted interface. But another group of researchers have developed an even more innovative pair of specs that will allow you to turn digital pages with your eyes.
An effect of the commercial space revolution has been a resurgence of independent space-oriented projects. One of the latest efforts hopes to lower the costs of space travel using pulsed plasma jet thrusters.
Motorola Solutions, not to be confused with the Google-owned Motorola Mobility, has been showing off the police car of the future. The Ford prototype is loaded with cameras and sensors, but it's not quite as Minority Report as you would expect.
Not even Star Trek imagined a future where electronics would be both flexible and transparent. And let's be honest: it's hard to imagine such gadgets even today, since seeing one or the other is still a rare enough thing. If anything is going to make it happen, though, it's carbon nanotubes, especially now that they've been made into transparent films.