Journalist covering technology policy, government innovation and Internet freedom for Mashable. Also shooting pictures.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled an intrepid plan to develop tools that can better map the human brain, furthering scientists’ understanding of how it works and how it can be healed when damaged. The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative, or BRAIN, will begin with a $100 million investment in Obama’s 2014 budget.
When President Barack Obama signed Congress’ fiscal cliff deal into law Wednesday evening, he was on vacation in Hawaii, approximately 4800 miles from Washington, D.C.
How did he manage the feat? By using what’s called an “autopen” — a nifty piece of technology that copies a user’s pen strokes, stores them in memory and later replicates them without the user being present. The above video shows a “Ghostwriter” model autopen, which is used by many government officials and celebrities but is not confirmed to be the exact model used by Obama.
If I’m not spying on private citizens through the security cam in the parking garage, I’m probably sifting through their garbage for discarded pages from their diaries or deploying billions of spambots to crack into their e-mail. Reading what others muse about my profession is the opposite of my middle-school experience: people with only superficial information about me make a bunch of assumptions to fill in what’s missing and decide that I’m an all-knowing super-genius.
Sadly for me, this is a bunch of malarkey.