Voice recognition that finally holds up its end of a conversation is revolutionizing customer service. Now the goal is to make natural language the way to find any type of information, anywhere.
In pursuit of security and service, we are submitting ourselves to a proliferation of monitoring technologies. But a loss of privacy is not inevitable.
Which of the competing electronic-payment devices will we choose?
Boston University's James Collins uses background noise to steady the step of the elderly.
It's too late for old word-processing files. But new technologies will preserve access to digital photos, music and other electronic records forever.
Nano materials could provide future soldiers with super strength, protection against bioweapons and even a way to communicate covertly.
A newly approved radio technology promises wireless home electronics and positioning systems accurate to the centimeter. But opponents say it could also mean dead cell phones, thwarted satellite reception--even plane wrecks.
Film offers the best color and clarity, but in Hollywood's effects houses, computers rule. Moviemakers must expertly blend both media.
They don't have fancy 3-D graphics, but video games for handheld devices stand poised to capture a huge U.S. market. Why? Because we all have to wait.
What do a 17th-century Swedish warship, an opulent Chicago theater and a Kansas City hotel "skyway" have in common? All met catastrophic ends--and they have important lessons to teach today's innovators.