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
How AI is reinventing what computers are
Three key ways artificial intelligence is changing what it means to compute.
These weird virtual creatures evolve their bodies to solve problems
They show how intelligence and body plans are closely linked—and could unlock AI for robots.
Our brains exist in a state of “controlled hallucination”
Three new books lay bare the weirdness of how our brains process the world around us.
We reviewed three at-home covid tests. The results were mixed.
Over-the-counter coronavirus tests are finally available in the US. Some are more accurate and easier to use than others.
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