Why the Rich Are So Much Richer
MIT Technology Review contributor James Surowiecki reviews the explanatory literature about inequality in the New York Review of Books. Editor David Rotman wrote about technology’s contributions to inequality here, here, and here.
—Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher
Why Facebook’s $2 Billion Bet on Oculus Rift Might One Day Connect Everyone on Earth
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg explains why he thinks the long-term future of his company lies in a brick-size virtual-reality display you strap to your face.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
My Life as a Robot
What happens when a remote worker joins the company’s headquarters as a robot.
—Megan Barnett, deputy editor
‘I Reviewed Jail on Yelp Because I Couldn’t Afford a Therapist.’
This is fascinating.
The 30-Year-Old CEO Conjuring Drug Companies from Thin Air
Naysayers have positioned Vivek Ramaswamy as the poster boy for a biotech bubble.
—Antonio Regalado, senior editor, biomedicine
Don’t Worry, Smart Machines Will Take Us with Them
Puh-leeze. The eugenic fantasy of evolving ourselves toward genius? Once more, with CRISPR.
Daily Fantasy-Sports Operators Await Reality Check (subscription required)
Billion-dollar startups FanDuel and DraftKkings have a lot riding on the upcoming
—Mike Orcutt, associate editor
The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it
Some worry that the chatter about these tools is doing the whole field a disservice.
These materials were meant to revolutionize the solar industry. Why hasn’t it happened?
Perovskites are promising, but real-world conditions have held them back.
Why China is still obsessed with disinfecting everything
Most public health bodies dealing with covid have long since moved on from the idea of surface transmission. China’s didn’t—and that helps it control the narrative about the disease’s origins and danger.
A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of
The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.
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