Technology | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenTue, 24 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000Just Like Faces, Buildings Have Features That Algorithms Can Recognizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/just-like-faces-buildings-have-features-that-algorithms-can-recognize-180968859/An art historian explains how he uses 'facial recognition' to unlock architectural secretsTue, 24 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Is How MINI JCW Turbo Engines Are Builthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-is-how-mini-jcw-turbo-engines-are-built/The John Cooper Works edition is the fastest machine MINI has ever built. With a 228 two-liter twin turbo motor, it can hit 0 to 60 in six seconds flatTue, 24 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Could This Futuristic Vest Give Us a Sixth Sense?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-futuristic-vest-give-us-sixth-sense-180968852/For starters, the new technology—appearing on 'Westworld' before hitting the market—could help the deaf parse speech and ambient noiseFri, 20 Apr 2018 17:04:16 +0000Why Are We Always Searching For "A Quiet Place?"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-are-we-always-searching-for-quiet-place-180968840/Perhaps the real monster is not noise, but instead our own intolerance of unwanted soundsThu, 19 Apr 2018 16:51:07 +0000This Tiny Tooth Sensor Could Keep Track of the Food You Eathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-tiny-tooth-sensor-could-keep-track-food-you-eat-180968763/The tooth-mounted device can recognize glucose, salt and alcohol, and researchers hope it can one day detect much moreThu, 19 Apr 2018 15:20:17 +0000Would You Trust Drone Software to Pilot Your Flight?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/your-next-pilot-could-be-drone-software-180968835/ Drones have already flown more hours than humans have. Now companies are looking to apply that data to commercial flightThu, 19 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000Here's How a Turbo-Charged Porsche 911 Engine is Builthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/heres-how-a-turbo-charged-porsche-911-engin/For over half a century, the Porsche 911 has been the poster child for high-performance sports carsWed, 11 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Will the Automated City of the Future Look Like?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-automated-city-future-look-like-180968760/Tokyo, Singapore and Dubai are becoming prototype 'robot cities,' as governments start to see automation as the key to urban livingTue, 10 Apr 2018 18:50:08 +0000The Story of Brownie Wise, the Ingenious Marketer Behind the Tupperware Partyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/story-brownie-wise-ingenious-marketer-behind-tupperware-party-180968658/Earl Tupper invented the container's seal, but it was a savvy, convention-defying entrepreneur who got the product line into the homes of housewivesTue, 10 Apr 2018 17:47:47 +0000This New System Can See Through Fog Far Better Than Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-new-system-can-see-through-fog-far-better-than-humans-180968705/Developed by MIT researchers, the technology could be a boon for drivers and driverless carsFri, 06 Apr 2018 15:57:07 +0000How Engineers Remove Unwanted Sounds from Camaroshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/how-engineers-remove-unwanted-sounds-from-ca/With the Camaro, the sound engineers at Chevrolet have to satisfy two opposing teams: officials concerned about noise levels, and the diehard fansThu, 05 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Can Biomusic Offer Kids With Autism a New Way to Communicate?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-biomusic-offer-kids-autism-new-way-communicate-180968649/Biomedical engineers are using the sound of biological rhythms to describe emotional statesMon, 02 Apr 2018 14:47:13 +0000This Car Factory Assembles Camaros Every 35 Minuteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-car-factory-assembles-camaros-every-35/At the Lansing Grand River plant, where the Camaro is assembled, speed is the name of the game: it takes just 35 minutes for one vehicle to be fittedMon, 02 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000How a $10 Billion Experimental City Nearly Got Built in Rural Minnesotahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-10-billion-experimental-city-nearly-got-built-rural-minnesota-180968617/A new documentary explores the “city of the future” that was meant to provide a blueprint for urban centers across AmericaThu, 29 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000These Underwater Robots Offer a New Way to Sample Microbes From the Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-underwater-robots-offer-new-way-sample-microbes-from-ocean-180968577/The health of forests of underwater plankton have a big impact on the environment, and oceanographers are just starting to understand itWed, 28 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Jaguar Uses Aerospace Aluminum to Build Its Carshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/why-jaguar-uses-aerospace-aluminum-to-build-_1/One big challenge facing Jaguar in its switch from steel to aluminum was how to utilize this lighter, less flexible alloyWed, 28 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Ethical Challenges Self-Driving Cars Will Face Every Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ethical-challenges-self-driving-cars-will-face-every-day-180968596/The biggest ethical quandaries for self-driving cars arise in mundane situations, not when crashes are unavoidableTue, 27 Mar 2018 16:01:22 +0000Ten Female Innovators to Watch In 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-female-innovators-watch-2018-180968511/These inventors, startup founders and businesswomen have exciting things happening this year. Stay tuned! Tue, 27 Mar 2018 15:44:17 +0000Why We Should Test Heart Drugs On a 'Virtual Human' Instead of Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-we-should-test-heart-drugs-on-virtual-human-instead-animals-180968588/Thousands of animals are used for heart drug tests each year—but research shows that computer-simulated trials are more accurateMon, 26 Mar 2018 19:14:33 +0000This Texas Company Is Fighting Hollywood's Gender Inequality With Hard Data From Movie Scriptshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-texas-company-is-fighting-hollywoods-gender-inequality-with-hard-data-from-movie-scripts-180968540/StoryFit uses artificial intelligence to analyze film scripts for how characters are portrayed by genderFri, 23 Mar 2018 14:12:14 +0000What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-intelligence-future-scenarios-180968403/Will robots become self-aware? Will they have rights? Will they be in charge? Here are five scenarios from our future dominated by AIWed, 21 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000What the Founding Fathers' Money Problems Can Teach Us About Bitcoinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/founding-fathers-money-problems-bitcoin-180968393/The challenges faced by the likes of Ben Franklin have a number of parallels to today’s cryptocurrency boomTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:03:10 +0000Dozens of U.S. Cities Have ‘Transit Deserts’ Where People Get Strandedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/dozens-us-cities-have-transit-deserts-where-people-get-stranded-180968463/Living in these zones makes it hard to access good jobs, health care and other services Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Female Inventor Behind Mass-Market Paper Bagshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-female-inventor-behind-mass-market-paper-bags-180968469/A self-taught engineer, Margaret Knight bagged a valuable patent, at a time when few women held intellectual propertyThu, 15 Mar 2018 15:12:29 +0000Can a Computer Model Predict the First Round of This Year's March Madness?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-computer-model-predict-first-round-this-years-march-madness-180968461/Two mathematicians at Ohio State University are using machine learning to forecast tournament upsetsWed, 14 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Embroidering Electronics Into the Next Generation of 'Smart' Fabricshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/embroidering-electronics-next-generation-smart-fabrics-180968449/Is an archaic sewing skill a key to connected, sensing, communicating fabrics of the future?Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:23:23 +0000The Sightless Visionary Who Invented Cruise Controlhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sightless-visionary-who-invented-cruise-control-180968418/Self-driving cars were far from Ralph Teetor's mind when he patented his speed control deviceThu, 08 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000A New Study Brings Scientists One Step Closer To Mind Readinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-study-brings-scientists-one-step-closer-to-mind-reading-180968338/Researchers have developed a technique that uses the brainwaves captured by EEG machines to reconstruct the images you see Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:36:37 +0000Artificial Intelligence Is Now Used to Predict Crime. But Is It Biased?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-intelligence-is-now-used-predict-crime-is-it-biased-180968337/The software is supposed to make policing more fair and accountable. But critics say it still has a way to go.Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:54:59 +0000Only 18 Alfa Romeo 4Cs Are Created Per Day. Here's Why.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/only-18-alfa-romeo-4cs-are-created-per-day/Producing the Alfa Romeo 4C supercar is a process that the automaker refuses to rushMon, 05 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Smell-O-Vision, Astrocolor and Other Film Industry Inventions That Proved To Be Flopshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smell-o-vision-astrocolor-other-film-industry-inventions-that-proved-to-be-flops-180968295/Sound, color and special effects transformed the moviegoing experience. These innovations decidedly did not.Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:35:42 +0000Will a New Mosquito Emoji Create Some Buzz About Insect-borne Diseases?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-new-mosquito-emoji-create-some-buzz-about-insect-borne-diseases-180968277/Available in mid-2018, the emoji could provide a new means for communicating the science and health implications of mosquitoesWed, 28 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0000Does Pyeongchang Have a Future As a Winter Sports Destination?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/does-pyeongchang-have-future-as-winter-sports-destination-180968259/South Korea may fall short of its lofty goal to transform the region into an Asian hub for snow and ice sportsMon, 26 Feb 2018 16:37:20 +0000