Military drones can kill enemies from miles above in the sky—but they can also kill innocent civilians. The people controlling these weapons are often continents away, and a new movie shows us the agonizing decisions that these people face.
If you thought the US government’s ability to spy on its citizens had languished of late, think again.
The internet is a big place. There’s so much to read and watch and listen to that it can be overwhelming. We all have those stories that we start, get distracted for one reason or another, and promise ourselves we’ll finish later. Well, if any of those stories were on Paleofuture, here’s your second chance!
The National Security Agency is finally shutting down one of its spying programs this weekend. I do not recommend screaming I LOVE ISIS JIHAD into your phone to celebrate.
A new computer program developed by a pro-Kremlin political center mines social network sites for chatter about unauthorized protest rallies — and then reports its findings to the local authorities.
It’s hard to figure out who the villain is in Alex Garland’s sexy robot thriller Ex Machina. That’s what makes the film so, well, thrilling. But as a new featurette called from the studio called “God Complex” makes painfully clear, the real villain is the one you can’t see, the one that’s ever-present, always…
In the wake of protests over police violence against black men, many civil rights activists are calling for a high-tech solution: strapping wearable body cameras to cops. The idea is to hold police accountable for unnecessary violence. But the history of police body cams reveals that the devices have often had the…
Where do spies meet when they plan their secret missions? Often, they gather in buildings that look like giant fortresses that are anything but covert. Here are some of the most incredible spy palaces from around the world. At least — these are the ones we know about.
Person of Interest continues to be the best, most thought-provoking show on network television right now. And we're absolutely dying to see how last week's cliffhanger gets resolved. But meanwhile, here's an exclusive clip from tonight's episode in which Reese has finally found a way to watch the new number and play…
In a bizarre application of the old "blame the victim" idea, the Guardian's James Ball has decided that ordinary people with nosy neighbor syndrome are the fundamental cause of government spying. It's a classic example of confusing the cultural problem of gossip with the political problem of surveillance.
Sarah Shahi's nervy, ruthless performance as Shaw has been one of the greatest reasons to watch Person of Interest for the past couple of years. And with tonight's episode, she's going to be in her stickiest situation yet. We talked to Shahi on the phone, and she told us about Shaw's biggest upcoming showdown.
British company The Affair has created a number of science fiction themed fashion lines, but their latest is a masterpiece. The clothing is all modeled on what people wore in George Orwell's 1984, and comes with a shielded phone pocket made from material can effectively pull you off the grid.
Christians in America have been worried about surveillance technology for the past two centuries. Go read this terrific essay by Daniel Salas in The Appendix, about how Christians connected Satan with surveillance, starting in the mid-nineteenth century.
In the TV series Person of Interest, an AI can access virtually every surveillance camera across New York City. So the question is: do cities really create networks of interconnected private and public security cameras? Yes, they do. Including in San Diego, right in the heart of Comic-Con.
U.S. Army engineers are working on a mini aerial surveillance drone for troops working in challenging environments. Once deployed, the scifi-like device could allow soldiers to get a bird's-eye view of their immediate area, or scan the contents of a room as they clear a building.
Mike Cahill's new movie I Origins, out tomorrow, is about a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. And Cahill tells io9 he was absolutely determined to get the science right — not just having scientific advisers, but giving them headphones and planting them in front of monitors on set.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning news group ProPublica has compiled a list of all NSA programs revealed in the past year and plotted them on a chart based upon whether they are bulk or targeted, foreign or domestic. As is often the case with covert agencies, the codenames achieve the perfect balance of goofy and ominous.
Privacy advocates are concerned that the U.S. Army is planning to launch two blimps over Maryland to watch for incoming cruise missiles. The Electronic Privacy Information Center has sued the Army for details of the equipment, noting that "a system that can survey a large area… could have profound implications."
In a bipartisan vote, the House passed legislation that would prohibit the search of government databases for information on U.S. citizens without a warrant. It would also cut off funding for the CIA and NSA to build security "backdoors" into domestic tech products or services for surveillance purposes.
Science fiction has often grappled with the question of the rights of non-human intelligences that are indistinguishable from the rights of humans. They've often come down to the fact that, no matter their origin, people are people who have certain rights. But they might be focusing on the wrong question. The real…