Emerging Tech

Blockchain, Web3 and the potential for government transformation

Blockchain brings accountability and transparency to municipal processes and empowers constituents more than ever before.

New quantum hardware could allow computers to process information more naturally

Current quantum computers are stuck using binary processes designed for traditional computers.

Cross-pollination among neuroscience, psychology and AI research yields a foundational understanding of thinking

The Common Model of Cognition, which divides humanlike thought into multiple modules, both explains human thinking and provides a blueprint for true artificial intelligence.

Federated learning uses the data right on our devices

In addition to protecting privacy, federated learning could make training machine-learning models more resource-efficient by cutting down and sometimes eliminating big data transfers.

Surveillance is pervasive: Yes, you are being watched, even if no one is looking for you

It’s important to recognize how physical and digital tracking work together.

'Digital human' teaches how to walk to protect your knees

Knee-pain suffers can learn new ways of walking through a detailed computer simulation.

From in-crowds to power couples, network science uncovers the hidden structure of community dynamics

Researchers found a way to detect powerful “inner circles” in large organizations simply by studying networks that map emails being sent among employees.

State explores drone skyway

Michigan is investigating the data and networking infrastructure required for commercial drones flying in shared air mobility corridors beyond the operator’s visual line of sight.

Cities and towns embrace 'summer Fridays' for their workers

The trend towards more flexible and shorter work weeks in the summer months comes amid tight competition for public sector talent. "We’re seeing a strong push for quality-of-life enhancements," says one town administrator.

NIST selects 12 companies for implementing post-quantum cryptography  

Officials leading a standardization effort—based on four winning algorithms—are relying heavily on industry for success.

6 ways governments drive innovation – and how they can help post-pandemic resilience

When governments engage with local innovative technology companies early, they can support future-facing business development and take advantage of tech expertise to build civic applications.

Virtual reality, location services get workout at responder test lab

At the Public Safety Immersive Test Center, researchers can test whether their user interfaces and indoor location tracking services work as expected.

Video games can change your brain for the better

Researchers suggest that playing video games may enhance key regions of the brain that can improve decision-making skills.

Virtual meetings stymie creative teamwork

A new study finds that in-person teams generate more ideas than remote teams working on the same problem -- possibly because when people focus on the narrow field of vision of a screen, their thinking becomes narrower as well.

Brain stimulation can rewire and heal damaged neural connections, but it isn’t clear how

The technique has the potential to treat a wide range of neurological diseases.