Christian Science Monitor | Innovation

Sci/Tech, Pioneers, Responsible Tech, Tech Culture

Elon Musk to build high-speed transportation system in Chicago

The transit system is expected to be completed in three years and whisk riders from O'Hare airport to downtown in just 12 minutes. While some argue it could stimulate job growth, others claim it places the interests of billionaires ahead of neighborhoods and taxpayers. 

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Japan inches closer to ultra-precise 3-D maps for self-driving cars

Japan wants to develop the crucial technology quickly to ensure driverless car ubiquity by 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics. 

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Cloud? Mall? Why internet metaphors matter in net neutrality debate

Whether it's a highway, a net, a wave, a cloud, a library, a shopping mall, a walled garden, or a village square, the metaphors we use to think about what the internet is have a way of conditioning what we think it ought to be, and vice versa.

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Explained: A US pilot program for unmanned aircraft

A new pilot program aims to inform future federal regulations on commercial drones.

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Security advocates challenge facial recognition in policing

Several privacy advocate organizations have penned a letter to Amazon, asking the corporation to stop marketing new facial recognition software to police stations. The group argues that the powerful technology equates to government surveillance.

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Social media ads under scrutiny in Irish abortion referendum

With Facebook and Google restricting or banning ads, groups on both sides of the highly emotionally charged campaign have had to adjust their strategies and expressed frustration at the ability of foreign-based tech firms to make important decisions about appropriate content. 

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
The captainless research vessel

Robotic boats offer scientists a foothold in obscure regions of the sea.

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
When the humanities meet big data

A "close reading" of canonical texts have long been a staple of the humanities. Now, technology is enabling a "distant reading" of everything else.

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Europe’s new data privacy law

The EU's data collection measures take effect May 25 and will reach beyond the Continent. Here's what you need to know.

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
White-hat hackers debug state security systems

States are increasingly paying hackers to break into their systems. These white-hat hackers uncover security flaws to prevent real breaches in the future. 

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Humanlike Google voice makes a hair appointment. Should we be concerned?

On Tuesday, Google showed off a computer assistant that makes convincingly human-sounding phone calls. While Google's demonstration highlights the benign uses of conversational robots, what happens when spammers and scammers get hold of them?

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Microsoft announces $25 million 'AI for Accessibility' initiative

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wants technology creators to be more thoughtful of the ethical principles inherent in their work and emphasized the company's philosophy of building artificial intelligence for social good at Microsoft's annual conference. 

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Can an algorithm be art?

Digital artists have long faced criticism from art-world purists who challenge the idea that art created with computers qualifies as 'real art.' But for Hamid Naderi Yeganeh, the computer is just another artistic tool.

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Solar panel proposal faces opposition in Washington State

If approved, a farm in central Washington would become one of the first solar farms in the state, a possibility that has led to some local pushback. The debate is part of a national struggle over agricultural land being converted for solar-energy production.

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
New app helps Kenyan herders cut drought risks

The Afriscout app, which uses satellite images to identify where there is grass and surface water, is helping Kenyan herders counter the effects of prolonged drought. The app so far has 3,000 users in Kenya.

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Will restaurant robots change the industry or sizzle out?

Experts say automation will be the future in the fast-food sector, as robot chefs become cheaper and more efficient. Recent robot powered restaurants, however, often make headlines but don't always live up to the hype. 

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Indian inventors curb air pollution by turning exhaust into ink

A team of Indian engineers have found a way to turn air pollution into ink. The device they came up with, which attaches to generators, captures 90 percent of the soot particles from cooled diesel exhaust.

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Automakers embrace robots that assist, not replace, human workers

Automation on factory floors has swept the car industry and raised fears for many workers that their jobs may be in jeopardy. But increasingly, companies are embracing so-called 'cobots,' collaborative robots, that work alongside human employees. 

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
New app aims to keep the poor out of pre-trial jail

Amid moves to reform the prison system, an app called Promise aims to secure the release of poor people awaiting trial or sentencing through remote monitoring. Users receive reminders about court appearance dates and documents required. 

06/18/2018 01:19 PM
Chinese automakers' influence grows in electric vehicle industry

Electric cars aren't currently a lucrative business for most automakers but investors see a promising future. For Chinese companies, that interest is causing a major uptick in production around the world.

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