Have you ever wondered how a magician saws a woman in half? Or makes coins materialize out of thin air? Or reads your mind? Magic tricks work because humans have a hardwired process of attention and awareness that is hackable. A good magician uses your mind's intrinsic properties against you in a form of mental jujitsu, to fool you every time, even when you know full well that you are being tricked.
Next-generation automotive safety technology could give us vehicles that are difficult to crash � and eventually may not need drivers at all. This article was published in the December 2008 edition of Scientific American.