Four of this week's articles are portrayed in this week's exciting episode of This Week in the Future, which means you've got four paths to winning a t-shirt with the illustration on it. Just tell us which one is your favorite (via Facebook, Twitter, or comment) and why, and if we like your explanation best, you win!
The rules: Pick your favorite of the four stories featured in this week's Baarbarian masterwork, and tell us why you picked it. You can do that via Twitter (follow us, and use the hashtag #TWitF so we can find you) or comment on the TWitF post on our Facebook page (and, of course, you can just buy the t-shirt here, if you're into that whole exchanging-currency-for-goods-and/or-services thing, rather than competing in social media contests). The stories are:
- New Manufacturing Process Builds A Nylon Bike As Strong As Steel
- New Algorithms Match Police Sketches to Real Mug Shots, Helping Nab Suspects
- NEC's 'Fruit Recognition' Tech Identifies Individual Pieces of Produce From Cellphone Pics
- Video: Combo-Cracking Robot Makes Quick Work of Padlocks
And let's not forget some of our other favorite stories from the past week:
The fruit recognition app is interesting because you could use it to show how far the fruit has traveled and be able to create a map of where your food comes from so people will know how much carbon is being wasted by transporting the foods over such a long distance.
Another good reason for this technology is so that it would be able to find specific locations of disease outbreak, such as salmonella by tracing infected fruit back to the source.