Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending January 17, 2015)
In China, Projects to Make Great Wall Feel Small
The New York Times outlines the pros and cons of a number of multibillion-dollar engineering “mega-projects” under way in China. Photo slideshow included.
—Mike Orcutt, reasearch editor
The Most Dangerous Muse
What the study of Parkinson’s is revealing about the neuroscience of creativity.
—Kevin Bullis, senior editor, materials
Man Saves Wife’s Sight by 3D Printing Her Tumor
Interesting story of how a man used 3-D modeling and 3-D printing to help model a brain tumor for doctors.
—Rachel Metz, senior editor, mobile
An Open Letter to Everyone Tricked into Fearing AI
A thought-provoking response to a recent flurry of media stories about the dangers of artificial intelligence.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
We Know How You Feel
Scientists have spent years teaching computers to interpret human emotions, often with idealistic hopes. Naturally, their work will probably be used to show us ever more intrusive ads.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
New York City Finally Gets Its First Commercial Wind Turbine
Why aren’t there more commercial wind turbines along New York City’s breezy industrial waterfront areas? Despite lots of wind and demand, there were also bureaucratic barriers to getting the first one up and running.
—David Talbot, chief correspondent
Dark Horse of the Dark Matter Hunt
Why physicists are on the make for axions, hypothetical particles thought to underpin the make-up of mass we call dark matter.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
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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