Stories from Around the Web (Week Ending June 28, 2013)
The Revolution Will Be Solarized
The name says it all: the Sunbelt of the United States ought to be ideal for solar power. Slowly the South is getting on board.
—Brian Bergstein, deputy editor
WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI
Wired has a mysterious story about a young Icelandic man who became confidant of Julian Assange’s—and then became an informant for the FBI.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
The Power of People
A nice dose of technological optimism related to the environment. If only we had better property rights, would we do better at taking care of the planet?
—Kevin Bullis, senior energy editor
Fab.com’s Ascent to $1 Billion Valuation Brings Misstep
Interesting, insider-y look at mistakes online retailer Fab.com has made during its fast ascent.
—Rachel Metz, IT editor
Google: From “Don’t Be Evil” to Evil Empire?
An interesting take from the perspective of a native San Franciscan on the burgeoning Google backlash.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Life After Google Reader
The race to launch Google Reader replacements and new link-sharing networks like Potluck and my favorite, Quibb.
—Brent Turner, chief digital officer
The Psychology of Workout Music
So this is why I can’t run five miles unless I’m listening to Kraftwerk.
—Will Knight, online editor
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.
Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review
Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.