Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending October 11, 2014)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- Can Sucking CO2 Out of the Atmosphere Really Work?
A Columbia scientist and his startup think they have a plan to save the world. Now they have to convince the rest of us.
- The Contrarian’s Guide to Changing the World
Investor Peter Thiel has inspiring advice for wanna-be entrepreneurs, but he is unrealistic about where technology really comes from.
- An Industrial-Size Generator That Runs on Waste Heat, Using No Fuel
Startup Alphabet Energy has its first product: what it says is the world’s largest thermoelectric generator.
- Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?
Standards bodies are wrestling with the impact of accidental robot strikes.
- Lighting Sheets Would Use Half as Much Power as Lightbulbs
OLEDs are highly efficient but expensive. Better materials and manufacturing methods are changing that.
- An Optical Trick Makes Disappearing Messages Harder to Screenshot
An app called Yovo uses a clever trick to make it hard to preserve its ephemeral messages.
- Winners of the Nobel Prize for Physics Enabled Ultra-Efficient Lighting
The blue LED might save more energy than just about any other technology. <
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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