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Why We Can't Solve Big Problems

Has technology failed us?

Internet-Connected Battery Could Bring Smoke Alarms Online

Roost’s batteries will let smoke alarms send alerts via smartphone, and may bring other battery-powered devices online, too.

This Method of Robotic Pickup Could Stick

A novel gripper from an SRI spinoff could enable robots to take on new tasks.

Voice Recognition for the Internet of Things

With natural-language processing aided by crowdsourced data, Wit.ai aims to make smartphones, wearables, and drones heed your call.

How Magic Leap’s Augmented Reality Works

Patent and trademark filings reveal the augmented reality technology that convinced Google and others to invest $542 million into Magic Leap.

Ford to Add Pedestrian Detection to Its Cars

Ford sedans will soon come with a system that brakes if you’re about to hit a pedestrian.

The “Soft and Chewy Centers” That Put Your Data at Risk

A security startup called Illumio launching today has already signed up Yahoo and other large companies that need new ways to protect their data centers.

The Quest to Put More Reality in Virtual Reality

The inventor of Second Life has spent 15 years chasing the dream of living in virtual space. Can his new company finally give virtual worlds mass-market appeal?

A Physical Key to Your Google Account

Google says using a small USB stick to vouch for your identity is more secure than either a password or conventional two-factor authentication.

Technology and Inequality

The disparity between the rich and everyone else is larger than ever in the United States and increasing in much of Europe. Why?

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