Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending November 22, 2013)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- Xbox vs. PlayStation: Beginning of the End for Consoles?
Sony and Microsoft release their first video-game consoles in seven years, but they’re battling for a world of play that is rapidly changing.
- A Gooey Cure for Crack-Prone High-Capacity Batteries
Polymer glue helps fracture-prone high-capacity batteries last through more charges.
- Someday Your EV Charger May Be the Roadway Itself
A researcher envisions the ultimate cure for “range anxiety”: roadway-powered vehicles with modified on-board power receivers.
- Engineers Plan a Fully Encrypted Internet
Responding to reports of mass surveillance, engineers say they’ll make encryption standard in all Web traffic.
- Ink-Jet Printing Could Be the Key to Next-Generation OLED Displays
Kateeva says its new manufacturing equipment can produce affordable displays based on organic light-emitting diodes.
- Regulators See Value in Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies
At a Senate hearing, financial regulators, law enforcement, and even the chairman of the Federal Reserve show support for digital currencies.
- Voice Controls Can Be Surprisingly Distracting to Drivers
Voice controls can help drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, but new research shows they can also divert their attention. <
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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