Policing in the Twenty-First Century

For millennia, law enforcement was carried out by human police, enforcing a peace between the members of villages,...

published on: Jan 16, 2017

Robots at War

Ever since World War II, defense spending has provided an extraordinary boost to technologies like advanced materials,...

published on: Sep 15, 2016

The Biggest Unaddressed Threat to Our...

While growing income inequality, climate change, and repeats of the terrorists attacks we’ve experienced from...

published on: Mar 16, 2016

Computers Everywhere: What It Means f...

Thomas J. Watson, the founder of IBM, once said the worldwide demand for computers might total 10 machines.  Later,...

published on: Jan 4, 2013

The Ever-Changing Cyber-Security Threat

published on: Mar 8, 2012

Our careers, our fortunes, and our personal security all depend on the availability and reliability of information systems — and that dependency...

The Internet Grows More Dangerous

published on: Aug 5, 2011

Even as companies large and small work to stem the tide of cybercrime, the situation has gotten worse rather than better. Why is this the case? What...

Directed Energy Weapons Mature

published on: Jun 6, 2011

Directed energy weapons have been featured in science fiction for nearly a century, and they’ve been seriously pursued by researchers for at least...

Defending Your Reputation

published on: Jun 6, 2011

Throughout history, maintaining one’s “good name” has been crucial. Fortunately, until the 21st century, information traveled slowly and only...

Micro-Electromechanical Systems Become Mainst...

published on: Apr 6, 2011

The Trends editors have been tracking the evolution of MEMS technology for nearly two decades.  In that time, these tiny systems have become...

The West Begins to Address Chinese Industrial...

published on: Mar 15, 2011

As the Chinese economy becomes larger and more sophisticated, it has ratcheted up efforts to steal trade secrets from North American, Japanese, and...

Machines That Can See

published on: May 15, 2009

Since the earliest days of computing, researchers have dreamed of machines that could mimic seeing the world as people see it. In that case, they'd...

Cyber Warfare: The Growing Threat to Our Nati...

published on: Apr 15, 2009

Most professionals have a pretty good idea about the threat that cyber crime poses to their businesses and their lives. But, few of us appreciate the...

Artificial Life

published on: Mar 15, 2009

Right at the intersection of cutting-edge infotech, biotech, and nanotech is the unprecedented technology of artificial life. This new industry will...

Growing Geopolitical Uncertainty, the "Wild C...

published on: Mar 15, 2009

Of all the risks that businesses, investors, and individuals face in the coming decade, none is more difficult to assess and prepare for than...

The "Lab on a Chip" Revolution

published on: Aug 15, 2008

Micro-electronics is merging with a new technology called micro-fluidics to make possible the construction of entire chemical laboratories that can...

Robotic Suits Amplify Human Capabilities

published on: Jul 15, 2008

While robots are tough, strong and tireless, they lack some of the crucial capabilities possessed by humans. What if robot technology could be used...

The Sky Is the Limit for Unmanned Aerial Vehi...

published on: Mar 15, 2008

Unmanned aerial vehicles are important weapons in the war in Iraq and in the fight against terrorism, but their applications are not limited to...

The Inevitable Confrontation with Iran

published on: Dec 15, 2007

Ever since 1979, when a militant theocracy seized power in Iran, that former U.S. ally has been our bitter enemy. In the current economic...

The Growing Panic Over a "North American Unio...

published on: Nov 15, 2007

Just as some people believe all of the manufacturing jobs are moving to China, others believe that the United States is soon going to merge with...

The Hyper-Transparency Challenge

published on: Mar 15, 2007

The Business Intelligence Revolution enables the smart, fast, aggressive competitor to quickly understand the shifting business landscape. But at...

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