Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending August 2, 2014)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- Adaptive Material Could Cut the Cost of Solar in Half
A new material, combined with a cheap tracking system, could unleash the promise of concentrated solar power.
- Chinese GMO Research Outpaces Approvals
The fact that China hasn’t approved any commercial GMO planting since 2009 reflects public fears.
- LCD Hacking Trick Could Make Virtual Reality More Real
Stacking components from two LCD panels more than doubles the pixel density of a video display.
- Three Questions for J. Craig Venter
Gene research and Silicon Valley-style computing are starting to merge.
- Software That Can See Will Change Privacy Forever
Advances in machine vision will let employers, governments, and advertisers spot you in photos and know exactly what you’re doing in them.
- Startup Wants You to Capture the World in 3-D
Mantis Vision is developing 3-D scanning technology that could end up in lots of tablets.
- What’s a Moon Shot Worth These Days?
Google X’s project to study human health is no Apollo 11. <
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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