Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending March 14, 2015)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- The Electric Mood-Control Acid Test
A startup called Thync will sell electrodes that you put on your head to improve your mood. The results may vary to a surprising degree.
- How’s the Weather There? Crowdsourcing App Promises Better Forecasts
An app called Sunshine taps into users’ smartphone sensors to provide localized weather predictions.
- India’s Ambitious Bid to Become a Solar Power
The Indian government hopes to increase the country’s solar capacity 30-fold by 2020.
- Artificial Photosynthesis Takes a Step Forward
Researchers have demonstrated a long-lasting device for making hydrogen from sunlight and water—but funding is running out.
- Apple’s Lovely, Potentially Overwhelming Wristwear
My admittedly short time trying the Apple Watch makes me wonder if it might be able to do too much.
- How Nvidia Plans to Be the Netflix of Gaming
Nvidia’s Shield console uses a range of tricks to reduce latency during game play.
- Smartphones Will Soon Learn to Recognize Faces and More
Smartphone apps will be able to perceive objects and perform other intelligent tricks thanks to Qualcomm’s newest mobile chips. <
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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