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Pioneering facial recognition scientist now fears his work’s consequences

Dr. Joseph J. Atick is a pioneering researcher and entrepreneur in the field of biometrics and facial recognition. After investing in the technology in the early 1990s, he went on to make his fortune as the rest of the world started to catch on — by 2011, the New York Times reports that he’d made millions of dollars after the bulk of his company, L-1 Identity, was bought out by a French military contractor. However, much like Sen. Al Franken, Atick is now wary about facial recognition technology’s potential for abuse, envisioning a future where powerful companies and government agencies rob everyone of their anonymity. He’s now working on convincing the industry to create guidelines to ensure that people’s civil liberties aren’t…

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Baoputang Teahouse, Beijing: Pioneering a tea renaissance, focused on tradition, culture and spiritual nourishment

Baoputang Teahouse, Beijing


It is common knowledge that China is a land of tea. It’s deeply rooted in Chinese culture and it’s clearly an important part of the country’s heritage, but when it comes to tea tasting, the story is slightly different. Nowadays, many people drink…

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Volvo’s Inflatable Car-Seat Concept: With a pioneering push, the automobile company envisions an easily transportable safety chair for kids

Volvo's Inflatable Car-Seat Concept


There’s no denying that the past 12 months have seen Volvo shake its former stereotype as a reflection of Sweden itself (safe, reliable, unremarkable perhaps) and replace it with a whole new appearance; one that now reflects…

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Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd: A look behind the complex scenes in the pioneering photographer’s major museum exhibition in Washington, DC

Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd


Over the last ten years, photographer Alex Prager has staged fantastical dream-like scenes behind every image she captures. On 23 November 2013, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC launched ,…

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Microsoft shuts down MSN TV, a pioneering set-top box that couldn’t keep up with the times

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Before TVs were “smart,” before Boxee and Roku and Apple TV and TiVo, there was just WebTV. Steve Perlman’s brainchild was designed in the 1990s to marry the computer and television, and though its technology is now widely used Microsoft has decided it no longer has use for the product it bought for $ 425 million in 1997. Now known as MSN TV, Microsoft has announced that it will cease operations in September of 2013.

Google TV before Google TV

WebTV was, like so many inventions, born of necessity. Perlman needed a graphical display for his PC, so he hacked into the one he already owned – his television. The resulting product was a crude mix of set-top box and home theater PC, and it was good enough to make Businessweek’s Stephen H….

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Interview: Richard Dupont: The pioneering, digitally-minded sculptor shifts toward material and process

Interview: Richard Dupont


Artist Richard Dupont first caught our attention years ago as one of the early artists to experiment with distortions of digital models in a physical space. Fond of manipulating scans of his own body, Dupont has produced everything from shape-shifting statues…

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CH Luminaries: Oscar Niemeyer, Aaron Swartz, Helen Gurley Brown and more in our tribute to the pioneering figures that we lost in the last year

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In a nod to the tradition propagated by the Oscars, we decided to take the time to acknowledge the most influential figures in our sphere that have passed away in the last year. While this list is in no way exhaustive—from music to art and design and more, the…

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