The past year saw progress in developing hardware and software capable of human feats of intelligence.
In 2014, advanced materials let humans scale glass walls and helped clear the way for cheap, clean energy.
From Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp to the possibility of peak coal in China, the numbers told the tale.
Google can identify and transcribe all the views it has of street numbers in France in less than an hour, thanks to a neural network that’s just as good as human operators. In January, its engineers revealed how they developed it.
The year saw a major new report on climate change—and modest movement on renewables, carbon burial, and emissions agreements.
Routers on 600 buses and taxis allow free Internet access and collect data for city planners.
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Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That was the conclusion of a study in April, showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.
Wearable technology finally took off in 2014, although some devices fared better than others.
In April, the first large-scale measurements of the way humans play Rock-Paper-Scissors revealed a hidden pattern of play that opponents can exploit to gain a vital edge.