Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending February 7, 2015)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- A Battery for Electronics That Lasts Twice as Long
A startup called SolidEnergy has developed a kind of lithium-ion battery that stores far more energy.
- The Anti-Aging Pill
Facing a long wait for evidence, a longevity researcher takes an unusual path to market.
- Holding Data Hostage: The Perfect Internet Crime?
Thousands of people will have their personal files held hostage this year, by software that uses virtually unbreakable encryption.
- Smartphone Test for HIV and Syphilis Costs Pennies
A phone attachment using cheap disposable cartridges rapidly tests for HIV and syphilis in a Rwandan trial.
- A Startup’s Neural Network Can Understand Video
Software that understands what it sees in video could lead to new forms of advertising, or make video editing easier.
- Atom-Thick Silicon Makes Crazy-Fast Transistors
An exotic form of silicon, called silicene, could enable a new generation of faster computers.
- The Facebook Page That Posts the Same Picture Every Day
A Facebook page that posts the same picture of an Italian singer every day has become the central part of a research project to understand how we use social media. <
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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