Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending September 27, 2013)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- Startup Shows Off Its Cheaper Grid Battery
Sun Catalytix is making a new type of flow battery that could store hours’ worth of energy on the grid.
- Bruce Schneier: NSA Spying Is Making Us Less Safe
The security researcher Bruce Schneier, who is now helping the Guardian newspaper review Snowden documents, suggests that more revelations are on the way.
- How Google Converted Language Translation Into a Problem of Vector Space Mathematics
To translate one language into another, find the linear transformation that maps one to the other. Simple, say a team of Google engineers.
- World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant Delivers Power for the First Time
The $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power plant can now generate electricity. But was it worth the money?
- The First Carbon Nanotube Computer
A carbon nanotube computer processor is comparable to a chip from the early 1970s and may be the first step beyond silicon electronics.
- Facebook Launches Advanced AI Effort to Find Meaning in Your Posts
A technique called deep learning could help Facebook understand its users and their data better.
- In Search of the Next Boom, Developers Cram Their Apps into Smart Watches
Clever apps might persuade people that they need a wrist-worn computer. <
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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