Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
Social scientists have never understood why some countries are more corrupt than others. But the first study that links corruption with wealth could help change that.
DeepMind has built a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain.
Electrodialysis has the potential to desalinate seawater quickly and cheaply but does not remove other contaminants such as dirt and bacteria. Now chemical engineers have worked out how to do that too.
Boston may overtake Silicon Valley at the top of the biotech heap.
Last week, Paul Allen and a colleague challenged the prediction that computers will soon exceed human intelligence. Now Ray Kurzweil, the leading proponent of the “Singularity,” offers a rebuttal.
Managing brain resources in an age of complexity.
A survey released last week by the National Endowment for the Arts says that reading for pleasure among Americans is on the decline. In addition, the survey found, those who do read are more likely than nonreaders to visit museums,…
Software able to read a synopsis of Lord of the Rings and answer questions about it could beef up Facebook search.
The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv preprint server.