Smarter, Not Faster, Is the Future of Computing Research – NYTimes.com

Smarter, Not Faster, Is the Future of Computing Research – NYTimes.com.

When China unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer in October, surpassing the quickest American machine, there was no shortage of hand-wringing. The Chinese dash to the top was seen as an unnerving loss of high-tech preeminence by the United States.

Anyone worried about America’s place in global computing in the future should have other concerns, according to a report last week to the White House and Congress.

Unboxed – Rewarding Consumers for Providing Personal Data – NYTimes.com

Unboxed – Rewarding Consumers for Providing Personal Data – NYTimes.com.

LIFE, as they say, imitates art. And the way things work commercially today across much of the Web recalls that chapter in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” where Tom cajoles his guileless friends into whitewashing Aunt Polly’s fence. They supply the labor, but he gets the reward.

FT.com / Technology – Face recognition software gaining broader canvas

Google has put the launch of controversial facial recognition technology under review after mounting criticism this week over its handling of privacy issues. But even one of the world’s most influential internet companies is unlikely to hold back the tide as other powerful tools for searching and identifying people are about to hit the market from other sources.

via FT.com / Technology – Face recognition software gaining broader canvas.