Too often, we hear that a science fiction story has "succeeded" if it predicts the future accurately. But that's the wrong measure of success. The most powerful works of SF don't describe the future — they change it.
In the aftermath of recent revelations concerning a top secret government surveillance program aimed at monitoring the personal and private interactions of mostly innocent civilians, many Americans are naturally concerned with what the future might hold for a country being run by an All-Seeing Eye.
The MarsOne Project wants to send astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars, and they want to do it by 2023. How do they plan to pull it off? Simple: by creating "the biggest media event ever."
Phillip K. Dick's The Game Players of Titan takes place in a near future where cars drive their passengers, recording the day's stops and visits. At the end of they day, the cars transmit everything they know about their drivers' habits over to the police.
Harold Finch and John Reese track potential crime victims using secret databases and a ubiquitous surveillance infrastructure in the new series Person of Interest. Their world is filled with street corner cameras and espionage — but in the real world, cameras and databases are tracking your every move just as…
The number of wiretaps authorized by state and federal judges in criminal investigations jumped 26 percent from 2008 to 2009, according to a report released Friday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
Internet, your narcissism has been validated. The Library of Congress will archive all public tweets for historical purposes. Somewhere in the unfathomable future, a historian really, really cares that you had a Reuben for lunch today. [Physorg]
Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation is testifying at a hearing on the Google Books Settlement, arguing the company's ebook service will track what people read online. Worried about your book-reading privacy? EFF has also just released an e-book privacy guide.
Between phones, emails and GPS devices, are we all carrying around multiple ways for Big Brother to know everything about us? Electronic evesdropping is easier that ever before, according to experts. Well... kind of.
This isn't concept art for Dr. Manhattan or CG work for a nude android — it's the body of a random man, walking through an airport scanner. You won't meet the person viewing this ultra-revealing image, but still.