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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending March 7, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. Engineering the Perfect Baby
    Scientists are developing ways to edit the DNA of tomorrow’s children. Should they stop before it’s too late?
  2. Google Researchers Make Quantum Computing Components More Reliable
    Researchers from a university and Google demonstrate a crucial error-correction step needed to make quantum computing practical.
  3. Five Cool Things Revealed at Mobile World Congress
    This year’s Mobile World Congress was about everything except the mobile phones.
  4. An App Inspired by App Overload
    An app called Vurb aims to make it easier to search for stuff to do using a smartphone.
  5. Electronic Inks Make 3-D Printing More Promising
    A startup called Voxel8 is using materials expertise to extend the capabilities of 3-D printing.
  6. Smart Watches Show More Style and Substance
    New and improved smart watches were unveiled at Mobile World Congress—but consumers remain unconvinced.
  7. Zuckerberg: Internet Growth Means More than Drones
    Efforts to expand Internet access via mobile technologies may be stymied by economic and social challenges.
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street in Kabul at night

Can Afghanistan’s underground “sneakernet” survive the Taliban?

A once-thriving network of merchants selling digital content to people without internet connections is struggling under Taliban rule.

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Conceptual illustration showing a file folder with the China flag and various papers flying out of it

The US crackdown on Chinese economic espionage is a mess. We have the data to show it.

The US government’s China Initiative sought to protect national security. In the most comprehensive analysis of cases to date, MIT Technology Review reveals how far it has strayed from its goals.

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IBM engineers at Ames Research Center

Where computing might go next

The future of computing depends in part on how we reckon with its past.

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