Look how far we've come: A new post on Wired's Beyond the Beyond blog reminds us the progress we've made (technologically-speaking) since in the past 60 years. Included are a number of sketches from the 1940s, including a "Memex" designed to bring files to an operator's fingertips instantly and the "Supersecretary of the Modern Age" to transcribe author's notes – and even play them back! And above, the Vannevar Bush Cyclops Camera. At least they were correct in saying "...progress in photography is not going to stop."
Sir, you've had too many..slots: Ontario may be instituting new facial recognition technology...in casinos of all places. In a piece from the Montreal Gazette, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation said it has installed the technology on two-thirds of slot machines and casinos across the province. Still, the program is voluntary at this point, so only if a addict chooses have their picture taken will it impact their gambling experience.
Amazing. Safer. Fun: These are three words Gizmodo uses to describe the emergence of facial recognition technologies in consumer apps such as Facebook, iPhoto – and the prospects of replacing password and the impact on gaming. While there are valid concerns around privacy, opt-out options and tracking, they see the glass half full. We do, too.