For decades Japan has been the world’s playground for design innovation. But now it may become ground zero for the future of something far more hostile: military drones. The country has positioned itself as one of the unlikely players in the escalating global race for military drones, a move that's controversial both at home and abroad....
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Whether you find it exhilarating or terrifying (or both), progress in robotics and related fields like AI is raising new ethical quandaries and challenging legal codes that were created for a world in which a sharp line separates man from machine. Last week, roboticists, legal scholars, and other experts met at the University of California, Berkeley law school to talk through some of the social, moral, and legal hazards that are likely to arise as that line starts to blur.
An impressive old photo of a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II trying to escape planet Earth. The two seat, twin-engine supersonic fighter jet looks more awesome and more Star Wars than the current stealthy, always-grounded F-22s and F-35s. At all that wear and tear is so beautiful.
Given the hype around wearable technology like Google Glass, you might be surprised to learn that the wristwatch is still the most successful example of modern wearable tech. Over the past century, wearables have mostly been commercial failures. A new book from MIT Press explores this forgotten history.
VideoAlthough Jibo, designed by MIT professor Cynthia Breazeal to be the “world’s first family robot,” isn’t set to ship until 2015, folks are already excited about this little bot with a “big personality.” While there’s much to be said for Breazeal’s vision of “humanizing technology” so that the smart home [...]
Our silicon age, which sees no glory in maintenance, but only in disruption, makes it extremely difficult for us to imagine how, in past eras, those who would change the world were viewed with suspicion and dread.