Emerging Technology

Emerging tech can protect critical infrastructure from cyberattacks

A cyber-resilient digital infrastructure requires a combination of emerging technologies and risk mitigation, DARPA and CISA officials advise.

How we describe the metaverse makes a difference – today’s words could shape tomorrow’s reality and who benefits from it

Defining the metaverse isn’t an empty intellectual exercise. It’s the conceptual work that will fundamentally shape design, policy, profit, community and the digital future.

Voxlens makes interactive data more accessible for screen readers

With one additional line of code, visualization designers can allow people who use screen readers to interact with charts and graphs.

What’s next for EV charging

Wireless charging can reduce EV drivers’ range anxiety without adding physical infrastructure for plug-in chargers.

In search of a more energy-efficient blockchain

Researchers have built a blockchain whose proof-of-work solves energy use optimization problems, possibly offsetting wasted compute power.

Smart cameras automate recording, boost police transparency

Upgrades to cameras in New Hampshire’s State Police cruisers and officer uniforms will simplify camera recording duties and ease uploading footage to secure cloud storage.

Do AI systems really have their own secret language?

That an artificial intelligence systems such as the DALL-E 2 model may have created a vocabulary highlights existing concerns about the robustness, security and interpretability of deep learning systems.

Ransomware coming for IoT devices, researchers warn

In a demonstration project, researchers breached a networked IP camera and gained access to IT and operational technology infrastructure to plant ransomware executables.

This crafty tool can eavesdrop on 6G wireless signals

With a tool made out of simple materials like office paper and a metallic foil transfer, attackers can listen in on 6G transmissions between two users, researchers said.

Nonprogrammers are building more of the world’s software – a computer scientist explains ‘no-code’

No-code platforms could play a prominent role in the future of artificial intelligence, and reduce the time it takes to train machine learning models.

DHS lines up emerging tech for responder evaluation

At this summer's Urban OpEx 2022 exercise in New York City, responders will test a range of technologies – from biometric sensors and robotics to air-quality monitors and video analytics.

Can AI-powered congestion pricing improve transportation equity?

New research suggests big data and machine learning can create an equitable approach to tolling and improve traffic congestion.

Air Force commits millions for wearables to counteract troops’ exhaustion

Human monitoring devices could support military staff who work in extreme conditions.

The metaverse offers a future full of potential – for terrorists and extremists, too

The rise of the metaverse will open new vulnerabilities and give people with malicious intent novel opportunities to exploit them.

Forest Service partners on development of handheld spectrometer

The handheld device -- already used by federal agencies to detect chemicals, explosives and other drugs – will be enhanced to analyze toxic pesticides used in marijuana fields illegally planted on federal lands.

Alexa, Webex headed to the moon

Custom-built versions of Amazon's Alexa digital voice assistant and Cisco's Webex video collaboration software will be tested on NASA's unmanned Orion spacecraft as it travels to the moon and back.

James Webb Space Telescope: An astronomer on the team explains how to send a giant telescope to space – and why

With the space telescope, scientists can study how stars form in the Milky Way, the atmospheres of planets outside the Solar System and distant galaxies close to the edge of observable universe.