Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending June 7, 2013)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- Former FCC Chairman: Let’s Test an Emergency Ad Hoc Network in Boston
Outgoing FCC chairman, Harvard scholar make a pitch for private networks to aid public safety.
- Wearable Computing Pioneer Says Google Glass Offers “Killer Existence”
Thad Starner thinks people will soon crave the ultrafast communication that Google Glass makes possible.
- Plastic from Grass
Engineers seek a cheaper biodegradable polymer.
- Even with Cord-Cutting and the Web, the TV Audience is Massive
Although we have more ways to entertain ourselves than ever, it’s proving hard to unseat television as the most popular mass medium.
- Samsung Says New Superfast “5G” Works with Handsets in Motion
Samsung has made some bold claims about its “5G” technology, but experts await published confirmation.
- The Dictatorship of Data
Robert McNamara epitomizes the hyper-rational executive led astray by numbers.
- Cheap Batteries for Backup Renewable Energy
A battery made of cheap materials could store power when it’s windy for use when it’s not. <
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
ChatGPT is going to change education, not destroy it
The narrative around cheating students doesn’t tell the whole story. Meet the teachers who think generative AI could actually make learning better.
Meet the people who use Notion to plan their whole lives
The workplace tool’s appeal extends far beyond organizing work projects. Many users find it’s just as useful for managing their free time.
Learning to code isn’t enough
Historically, learn-to-code efforts have provided opportunities for the few, but new efforts are aiming to be inclusive.
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