Kevin Fogarty

Kevin Fogarty is a reporter, editor, analyst and blogger whose work appears in leading technology and business publications and who focuses on developments in technology, science and medicine that are genuinely useful, truly revolutionary or really, really cool. Reach him at KevinFogarty@technologyreporting.com, on Twitter at @kevinfogarty, at LinkedIn or see samples of his other work here.

Japan aims 'Octopus' robot at nuclear disasters

Japan aims 'Octopus' robot at nuclear disasters

Rubble-climbing, path-clearing, four-armed, four-tracked 'bot designed to help during disasters like the Fukushima plant meltdown that beat 'disaster' robots unable to deal with harsh conditions.

Anti-robot protest takes aim at the wrong villains

Anti-robot protest takes aim at the wrong villains

A mini-protest at SXSW tried to raise awareness of the dangers of robotics and AI, neither of which holds a candle to the dangers old-fashioned human intelligence already poses using the same technologies.

DARPA's future war looks like a video game

DARPA's future war looks like a video game

Serious effort to bring genuinely innovative, untouchable capabilities to the U.S. military focuses on augmented reality for ground troops.

Mining the Moon: A boondoggle that might do some good

Mining the Moon: A boondoggle that might do some good

"Trillions of dollars" is an exaggeration of the value of helium-3, especially without practical fusion, but other lunar resources will help fuel near-Earth exploration

DARPA teaches robots to cook by watching YouTube

DARPA teaches robots to cook by watching YouTube

System that lets them learn complex actions by observing could make robots far more capable, helpful and cheap.

Test shows big data text analysis inconsistent, inaccurate

Test shows big data text analysis inconsistent, inaccurate

"State of the art" method to categorize and analyze unstructured data delivers different results from identical data one time in five, is wrong one time in 10, new study shows

'Mini-brain' in spinal cord helps brain keep body balanced

'Mini-brain' in spinal cord helps brain keep body balanced

Researchers looking for causes of "phantom" pain found a nerve bundle that encodes data for the brain, and helps control the feet for balance, too.

Schmidt: Internet won't go away; Gates: It won't be omnipotent, either

Schmidt: Internet won't go away; Gates: It won't be omnipotent, either

Google chief Eric Schmidt was misquoted as saying the Internet would go away. He said it would embed into everything and become a ubiquitous, universal good. Pretty good, according to Bill Gates, but it still won't cure malaria.

Report: Border patrol drone effort spends hundreds of millions on nothing

Report: Border patrol drone effort spends hundreds of millions on nothing

A scathing report from the DHS accuses the U.S. border patrol of wasting more than $240 million on Predator drones with such bad planning it often lacked places to land, equipment to fix them or bad guys to catch.

Acoustic levitation: Next best thing to anti-gravity

Acoustic levitation: Next best thing to anti-gravity

Researchers from Brazil and Uruguay have developed the most stable, flexible way yet to levitate objects using sound; next step is for robots to use it in factories to move parts without touching them.

Strangest things about quantum physics may stem from overconfidence

Strangest things about quantum physics may stem from overconfidence

Some of the strangest aspects of quantum mechanics, like particles that are also waves, or exist in two places at once, may result from our overestimation of how much it is possible to know about some things.

SpaceX flight to land by rocket-power on tiny barge

SpaceX flight to land by rocket-power on tiny barge

The private Falcon 9 may become the first rocket ever to fly and land softly under its own rocket power so it can fly again cheaply; SpaceX founder gives it a 50-50 chance of success.

DARPA wants drone to hunt like a hawk

DARPA wants drone to hunt like a hawk

A new project aims to build drones intelligent enough to fly through indoor labyrinths and scout for danger, all without remote control.

How to use a laser to light a Christmas tree

How to use a laser to light a Christmas tree

First get the size and venue right; Use a nanoscale, virtual tree if you want publishing credits instead of fire alarms;

NASA emails ratchet to space station

NASA emails ratchet to space station

By emailing the design of a socket wrench that could be 3D printed on the space station, NASA showed it's possible to get critical help to a place no one can go.

Army lab asks help building wing-flapping robot fly

Army lab asks help building wing-flapping robot fly

'Open Campus' program allows outsiders to help with DoD projects like fingernail-sized bot with wings that flap with no motors

Congress blesses more NSA domestic spying

Congress blesses more NSA domestic spying

Funding bill lets NSA keep data five years, or more with an excuse, and seeks way to nail whistleblowers instead of the rule-breakers who are the ones actually in the wrong.

Sony makes cybercrime even more dangerous

Sony makes cybercrime even more dangerous

Sony was so badly gutted and had security so insufficient few others could be hurt as seriously, but it showed how hacking could do a lot more damage than just stealing credit cards.

Better phishing makes email an unclosable hole in security

Better phishing makes email an unclosable hole in security

A leap in the credibility of spear-phishing technique makes weaponized email almost impossible to spot as a threat.

'Time cloak' could revolutionize fiber networks

'Time cloak' could revolutionize fiber networks

Temporal cloaking can make your data invisible, block someone else's or make sure it's all delivered by disappearing static instead.

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