emerging technology
  • Man with transparent computer in front of old photo of a mainframe computer

    Where's the technology sweet spot between old and new?

    Cool with GPS but lost with a map? Familiar with a typewriter but confounded by speech-to-text? Or do agencies have people who can handle both?

  • Raspberry Pi

    Carving up the Raspberry Pi

    The $25 computer is being put to a number of good uses. Could the public sector do the same?

  • Bahnhof underground high security computer facility right in Stockholm Sweden

    Going underground: Will data centers become data bunkers?

    Where space is at a premium, or security is paramount, data center managers could ponder moving below the surface.

  • NASA Curiosity game

    How NASA puts Earth-bound explorers in the driver's seat on Mars

    Scientists at NASA's JPL are using gaming to build tele-exploration platforms, letting PC and Xbox Kinect users drive the rovers that navigate the Red Planet.

  • Man behind virtual prison bars at home checking smartphone

    Can virtual prisons improve rehabilitation?

    A Deloitte report touts the idea of using technologies such as risk analysis, geospatial tracking and gamification to get better results from home detention.

  • Agile development graphic

    Agile is key to making the most of public-sector IT

    Agile development tactics break projects into smaller chunks, let IT teams keep up with changes, and prevent “scope creep.”

  • Machine learning digital face

    Machine learning a growing force against online fraud

    Sift Science uses new machine learning techniques to spot unusual fraud patterns as soon as they appear on the network.

  • Fingerprint electronic matching AFIS

    Law enforcement, NIST making fingerprint files easier to search

    Group has developed a standard features set to use for fingerprint identification, and NIST now has the technical specs to make searches interoperable.

  • Machine language of 1s and 0s

    What is M2M, and why is it the future of code?

    The Internet of things will soon contain 50 billion devices, and machine-to-machine programming is how they will talk to each other.

  • People voting

    Hack shows risks, but not the folly, of online voting

    A recently revealed attack on a Florida voting system isn't a reason to abandon online voting, but a reminder that we need to secure the entire system.

  • Energy Systems Integration Facility illustration from SmithGroup JJR

    The world's most efficient data center

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will open a facility this summer that will reuse every bit of its energy.

  • AR Drone controlled by AstroDrone app flies toward simulated international space station

    How a game helps improve robotic space flights

    The European Space Agency combines real-world and virtual components with AR.Drone to improve its software for space flight and docking with the International Space Station.

  • New York Mayor Bloomberg using 3D glasses to look at a NASA display

    Active and passive 3D: What's the difference, and which is better?

    There are two types of technology for 3D displays, which are becoming more common in educational and government settings. The differences start with the glasses.

  • Picture of blogger John Breeden in a Matrix setting

    Are we all living in a simulated world?

    If we create simulated universes, then statistically speaking there's a chance we're already living in one, according to one theory. Is it worth finding out?

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