Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending June 28, 2014)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- Searching for the “Free Will” Neuron
Gabriel Kreiman’s single-neuron measurements of unconscious decision-making may not topple Descartes, but they could someday point to ways we can learn to control ourselves.
- Sharp Demonstrates Ultra-Efficient Solar Cells
New technology could be twice as efficient at converting sunlight to electricity.
- The Thought Experiment
In a remarkable study, a paralyzed woman used her mind to control a robotic arm. If only there were a realistic way to get this technology out of the lab and into real life.
- Three Questions with Amazon’s Technology Chief, Werner Vogels
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels on how cloud computing is changing.
- How to Make Smart Watches Not Worth Stealing
A prototype device shows that measuring electrical resistance of tissues within the wrist could reliably identify someone.
- Malware on the Move
As mobile devices are used to perform more financial transactions, cybercriminals are taking greater interest.
- Google Announces Sub-$100 Smartphone
A new line of smartphones designed by Google could spread Internet access more widely in poor regions of the world. <
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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