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Minority Report

  1. New Software Looks to Predict the Future From Newspaper Headlines

    Software that predicts the news of tomorrow by analyzing the headlines of yesterday sounds like the plot of a Nicolas Cage movie, but it's really happening. Researchers at Microsoft and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a system that predicts outbreaks of disease and violence by analyzing newspaper headlines. The system was tested on over two decades of New York Times archives, and accurately predicted outcomes 70 to 90 percent of the time.

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  2. Minority Report Precog-Like Software Being Tested In Baltimore And Philadelphia To Predict Crimes

    The Future Is Now!

    More and more these days we're witnesses the technologies from our favorite sci-fi films and television shows get closer to reality. The latest is a new kind of software meant to predict the actions of criminals. Baltimore, Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are already using it to prevent murders and Washington D.C. is next on the list. Don't worry, no one is keeping psychics in a pool. Well, not that we're aware... 

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  3. New Mannequins May Be Passing Off Information About Your Holiday Shopping Habits

    It's Aliiiiiiiiiiiive!

    Well this is creepy. You already know you're under surveillance when you enter your local department store but did you ever think the store would enlist mannequins to keep an eye on you? A few locations are testing out specially fitted mannequins that aren't made for spotting shoplifters but use facial-recognition software to give owners data about their shoppers' age, gender, and race. 

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  4. Kinect Goes Minority Report with Multitouch Hack

    It was only a matter of days after Adafruit Industries put a $3000 bounty on an open source driver for Microsoft's Kinect than a hacker triumphantly claimed the prize: Could Matt Cutts, the Google engineer who offered two $1000 bounties for creative applications and programming tools for the Kinect, be next to spur lots of hacker creativity in short order? One idea that Cutts proposed in his post was "A Minority Report-style user interface where you can open, move, and close windows with your movements." Spurred or unspurred by Cutts, in the video above, YouTube's floemuc, a.k.a. Florian Echtler, provides a proof-of-concept video using a hacked Kinect for Minority Report-style multitouch. If this is the state of the DIY Kinect movement a week-and-a-half after its release, just think of the possibilities a few months from now. Below, bonus hack: Video of Kinect running on Mac OS X:

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  5. LG Producing Color and Flexible e-Paper Displays

    LG Display has submitted a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission indicating they're going to start producing a 9.7 color e-paper display and a 19 inch flexible e-paper display.

    Companies tend to pump out neat prototypes that get shown off at events like the Consumer Electronics Show, but this is one of the first times in recent memory that "futuristic" technology familiar from film, such as the newspaper in Minority Report, will actually be put into production (and by the end of the year!).

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  6. The Real Minority Report Interface

    We all want Tom Cruise's interface from Minority Report, right? Right. Don't deny it. Well, John Underkoffler would like you, or at least TED, to know that he thinks that it'll be here within the decade. Why? Because he designed it for the movie, and has spent eight years making it real and marketable.

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  7. Iron Man Augmented Reality App: Come for the Helmet, Stay for the HUD

    We'd like to consider ourselves relatively media-savvy, and capable of retaining our critical thinking abilities even in the face of sophisticated marketing campaigns. So we approached the Iron Man 2 Augmented Reality Experience with a healthy level of ambivalence. "It puts a the Iron Man or War Machine helmets on my face? Okay. My webcamera already does that, but with tiaras and pig noses." And then we saw that it will show you with the Iron Man suit's Heads Up Display, and we rescinded all previous statements.

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