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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending June 6, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. EmTech Digital 2015
    Full coverage of EmTech Digital in San Francisco, June 1-2, 2015.
  2. DARPA’s Robot Challenge May Equip Robots to One Day Walk Among Us
    The DARPA challenge, designed to make robots disaster-ready, could have far-reaching technological benefits.
  3. Rebooting the Human Genome
    The official map of the human genome can’t tell you everything about your genes. Does graph theory offer a better way?
  4. AI Supercomputer Built by Tapping Data Warehouses for Their Idle Computing Power
    Sentient claims to have assembled machine-learning muscle to rival Google by rounding up idle computers.
  5. New Device Could Be a Safer Alternative to Lung Ventilators
    Using chip technology to precisely mimic blood vessels in the lungs could be a better way to treat patients with lung failure.
  6. Big Data Will Keep the Shale Boom Rolling
    Don’t believe the doomsayers proclaiming the end of the shale oil boom. It’s just getting more efficient.
  7. Startup Aims to Scour the Dark Web for Stolen Data
    New technology protects customer privacy while it crawls the Dark Web for data compromised in corporate breaches.
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