Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending October 25, 2013)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- The Decline of Wikipedia
Even as more people rely on it, fewer people are writing it. Is the Web’s idealistic era over?
- Flame-Shaping Electric Fields Could Make Power Plants Cleaner
ClearSign’s pollution-reducing technology could help power plants burn less fuel and make more money.
- The Real Privacy Problem
As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Instead, we need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk.
- Million-Year Data Storage Disk Unveiled
Magnetic hard disks can store data for little more than a decade. But nanotechnologists have now designed and built a disk that can store data for a million years or more.
- A Tale of Two Drugs
Today’s medicines can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. The story of how two companies set prices for their costly new drugs suggests that the way we determine the value of such treatments will help decide the future of our health-care system.
- New Gene Therapy Company Launches
Spark Therapeutics hopes to commercialize multiple gene-based treatments developed at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
- Why This Might Be the Model T of Workplace Robots
A mobile, one-armed robot that costs $35,000 is headed for research labs and maybe even some workplaces. <
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.