Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending April 25, 2015)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- Machine Dreams
To rescue its struggling business, Hewlett-Packard is making a long-shot bid to change the fundamentals of how computers work.
- Chinese Team Reports Gene-Editing Human Embryos
A research team finds that gene editing isn’t yet reliable enough to engineer the human species.
- A Swiss Army Knife for Neuroscience
Neural probes that combine optics, electronics, and drugs could help unlock the secrets of the brain.
- Google’s New Wireless Service Should Make Verizon and AT&T Squirm
Google is working with Sprint and T-Mobile to put you on the best available LTE network at any given time.
- A Smartphone Eye Exam Service Launches in New York
A startup has a smartphone-assisted gadget that can determine your glasses prescription, with help from a remote optometrist.
- White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption
The secretary for homeland security and the president’s cybersecurity advisor echo the NSA and FBI’s concerns about encryption.
- An Algorithm Set Revolutionizes 3-D Protein Structure Discovery
A new way to determine 3-D structures from 2-D images is set to speed up protein structure discovery by a factor of 100,000. <
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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