A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.
The Singularity Summit approaches this weekend in New York. But the Microsoft cofounder and a colleague say the singularity itself is a long way off.
Many schools aren’t teaching typing anymore because they figure students already are proficient at using keyboards. That’s a wasted opportunity.
One solution to the typing-on-a-screen problem asks us to change our behavior; the other changes its behavior to fit us.
Oxford researchers say that 45 percent of America’s occupations will be automated within the next 20 years.
Our cosmos was “bruised” in collisions with other universes. Now astronomers have found the first evidence of these impacts in the cosmic microwave background.
Chemists have calculated that chains of double or triple-bonded carbon atoms, known as carbyne, should be stronger and stiffer than any known material.
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.
Researchers set up adult Web sites to study how the industry makes its money and spreads malware.