Skip to Content

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending January 3, 2014)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. 2013: The Best Long Tech Reads of the Year
    Advanced technologies are affecting everything from our sense of privacy and free speech to the types of jobs that are available to the foods that we eat. In our best features this year, we got into these highly controversial topics.
  2. This iPad App Wants to Be Your New Assistant
    MindMeld analyzes your conversations and tries to offer helpful info from the Web. It’s a cool idea, but it doesn’t work as well as it needs to.
  3. 2013: The Best Business Stories of the Year
    A bubble formed around social media in 2013. But other companies, nations, and ordinary people struggled to find advantage in technological change.
  4. Nanoparticle That Mimics Red Blood Cell Shows Promise as Vaccine for Bacterial Infections
    A novel vaccine design could lead to new weapons against often deadly bacterial infections.
  5. An AI Chip to Help Computers Understand Images
    Hardware designed specifically to run complex neural networks could let personal devices make sense of the world.
  6. OK, Glass, Find a Killer App
    Developers hope apps that improve upon their smartphone versions will help Google’s head-worn computer catch on.
  7. Cheaper Genetic Tests for Breast Cancer Risks in 2014?
    Following the Supreme Court’s rejection of gene patents, the U.S. proposes steep cuts to reimbursements for tests that detect breast cancer genes.
  8. <

Keep Reading

Most Popular

images created by Google Imagen
images created by Google Imagen

The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images

Google Brain has revealed its own image-making AI, called Imagen. But don't expect to see anything that isn't wholesome.

AGI is just chatter for now concept
AGI is just chatter for now concept

The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it

Some worry that the chatter about these tools is doing the whole field a disservice.

Hoan Ton-That, CEO of Clearview AI
Hoan Ton-That, CEO of Clearview AI

The walls are closing in on Clearview AI

The controversial face recognition company was just fined $10 million for scraping UK faces from the web. That might not be the end of it.

spaceman on a horse generated by DALL-E
spaceman on a horse generated by DALL-E

This horse-riding astronaut is a milestone in AI’s journey to make sense of the world

OpenAI’s latest picture-making AI is amazing—but raises questions about what we mean by intelligence.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose WongIllustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.