Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
In September, computer scientists revealed that machines are now almost as good as humans at object recognition; and the turning point occurred in 2012.
In December, Google engineers trained a machine-learning algorithm to write picture captions using the same techniques it developed for language translation.
The friendship paradox is the empirical observation that your friends have more friends than you do. In January, network scientists revealed that your friends are probably wealthier and happier, too.
In August, a study of 50,000 people in Italy concluded that online social networks have a significant negative impact on individual welfare.
In October, DeepMind unveiled 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.
Google can identify and transcribe all the views it has of street numbers in France in less than an hour, thanks to a neural network that’s just as good as human operators. In January, its engineers revealed how they developed it.
Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That was the conclusion of a study in April, showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.
In April, the first large-scale measurements of the way humans play Rock-Paper-Scissors revealed a hidden pattern of play that opponents can exploit to gain a vital edge.
If you prefer beautiful routes over short ones, GPS mapping algorithms are of little use. But In July, Yahoo researchers came up with an approach that could change that.