You’re engrossed in a movie at the Cineplex when your cell phone starts vibrating. Do you take the call-and irritate fellow filmgoers? Les Nelson at the FX Palo Alto Laboratory (the research lab of Fuji-Xerox) has developed a less intrusive solution: Quiet Calls, a device that, at the push of a button, puts through inconvenient calls but first plays a prerecorded voice message, such as, “I can’t talk now, but I can listen-go ahead.” Quiet Calls could eventually be built into cell phones; the prototype is an attachment that plugs into the phone’s voice input jack and that provides a three-button keypad to execute up to nine responses (photo). Why not just use text messaging? Says Nelson, “Sometimes you need voice interaction.”
This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review
Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.