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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending July 11, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. Inside Amazon’s Warehouse, Human-Robot Symbiosis
    Amazon’s newest warehouse is testing the limits of automation and human-machine collaboration.
  2. Probing the Dark Side of Google’s Ad-Targeting System
    Researchers say Google’s ad-targeting system sometimes makes troubling decisions based on data about gender and other personal characteristics.
  3. Facebook Instant Articles Just Don’t Add Up for Publishers
    Publishers like the New York Times should be having an existential crisis over Facebook’s instant articles. Instead they’re embracing them.
  4. Researchers Harness the Power of Networked Brains in Monkeys and Rats
    Neurobiologists have shown that brain signals from multiple animals can be combined to perform certain tasks better than a single brain.
  5. Dreams of an Automotive Industry in Uganda
    The East African country of Uganda hopes to establish an automotive industry to boost its economy and provide employment for its young, fast-growing population.
  6. How Disruptive Is Tesla, Really?
    Applying the theory of disruptive innovation to Tesla is not as simple as it seems.
  7. Solving the Energy Efficiency Quandary
    New research showing dismal results for energy efficiency in homes highlights the need for performance-based measures.
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