Why Software Is So Bad
For years we´ve tolerated buggy, bloated, badly organized computer programs. But soon, we´ll innovate, litigate and regulate them into reliability.
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Windmills may finally be ready to compete with fossil-fuel generators. The technology trick: turn them backwards and put hinges on their blades.
They don´t have fancy 3-D graphics, but video games for handheld devices stand poised to capture a huge U.S. market. Why? Because we all have to wait.
The human immune system is still the best resource for fighting disease. After a decade of failed promise, drugs that exploit it are finally flooding the market.
The lesson from West Africa: good computers and fast modems don´t matter if you can´t get a dial tone and the power keeps going out.
The MIT Media Lab´s Neil Gershenfeld tours the building of the future, where interchangeable power sockets, switches and appliances snap into the walls—then plug into the Internet.
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September 23-25, 2014