Sorry, smug technophiles, biology is a lot messier than even the most poorly optimized code.
Psychologists believe that drawing is an important part of children’s cognitive development. So an objective analysis of these drawings could provide an important insight into this process, a task that machine vision is ideally suited to.
A pair of physicist-biologists show the many ways animals use hairs to keep clean – and how we might leverage nature’s design expertise.
A roundup of the best stories on computing from other sites, collected by Tom Simonite, MIT Technology Review’s San Francisco bureau chief.
A roundup of interesting stories on robotics and artificial intelligence from other sites, collected by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI.
The discovery of a stable form of one-dimensional diamond has scientists racing to understand its properties. The first signs are that diamond nanothread will be more versatile than anyone expected.
Philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel argues that conscious machines would deserve special moral consideration akin to our own children.
Suggestions that the attacks in Paris last Friday were helped by easy access to encryption technology are not based in evidence.
The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv this week.
A roundup of some of the most interesting stories about mobile technology from other sites, collected by Rachel Metz, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for mobile.