Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending July 19, 2014)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?
It’s not certain whether Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down because of mistaken identity, but it is plausible.
- Jibo the Family Robot Might Be Oddly Charming, or Just Plain Odd
The “world’s first family robot” is based on efforts to elicit emotional response in humans—a powerful idea, but one fraught with challenges.
- Energy Demands of Networked Devices Skyrocket
As the Internet of things grows to encompass billions of devices, its power usage will require novel technologies for improving efficiency.
- Thermoelectric Material to Hit Market Later This Year
A California-based company is commercializing an abundant, naturally occurring material that can turn waste heat into power.
- Flexible, Printed Batteries for Wearable Devices
Imprint Energy is developing a long-lasting, bendable, and rechargeable battery.
- An Explanation of the Evidence of Weaknesses in the Iron Dome Defense System
- Forget the Wisdom of Crowds; Neurobiologists Reveal the Wisdom of the Confident
The wisdom of crowds breaks down when people are biased. Now researchers have discovered a simple method of removing this bias–just listen to the most confident. <
The inside story of how ChatGPT was built from the people who made it
Exclusive conversations that take us behind the scenes of a cultural phenomenon.
Sam Altman invested $180 million into a company trying to delay death
Can anti-aging breakthroughs add 10 healthy years to the human life span? The CEO of OpenAI is paying to find out.
ChatGPT is about to revolutionize the economy. We need to decide what that looks like.
New large language models will transform many jobs. Whether they will lead to widespread prosperity or not is up to us.
GPT-4 is bigger and better than ChatGPT—but OpenAI won’t say why
We got a first look at the much-anticipated big new language model from OpenAI. But this time how it works is even more deeply under wraps.
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