Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending July 5, 2014)
A Ball Fit for Brazil
Fascinating view of the physics of soccer balls. Download the official Twitter app here.
—Kevin Bullis, senior editor, energy
Should Facebook Manipulate Users?
Jaron Lanier writes thoughtfully about the Facebook emotion-manipulation study kerfuffle.
—Will Knight, news and analysis editor
Interacting with a World of Connected Objects
Tom Coates discusses the benefits, and potential horrors, of imbuing intelligent objects with personalities.
IBM’s Watson Is Out with Its Own Barbecue Sauce
Happy Fourth of July! You may like to try some IBM Watson-created BBQ sauce at your cookout this weekend. We’ll talk to Mike Rhodin, SVP IBM Watson Group, at EmTech MIT about Watson’s future work.
—David Sweeney, marketing communications manager
More Jobs in Companies That Employ Robots
Robot enthusiast Colin Lewis found that at 76 companies that implemented industrial robots, employment increased over the past three years.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
Researchers Develop Muscle-Powered Biorobots
I can’t help but think of The Terminator: “Hasta la vista, baby!”
—James Friedman, director of advertising sales
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.”
Deep learning pioneer Geoffrey Hinton has quit Google
Hinton will be speaking at EmTech Digital on Wednesday.
Video: Geoffrey Hinton talks about the “existential threat” of AI
Watch Hinton speak with Will Douglas Heaven, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI, at EmTech Digital.
Doctors have performed brain surgery on a fetus in one of the first operations of its kind
A baby girl who developed a life-threatening brain condition was successfully treated before she was born—and is now a healthy seven-week-old.
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