Seven Must-Read Stories (Week ending September 19, 2015)
Another chance to catch the most interesting and important articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- Take Free Online Classes, Get Course Credit at MIT
Passing a free online course isn’t as meaningful as taking the same class for credit on a college campus. But that could be changing.
- Deep-Learning Robot Takes 10 Days to Teach Itself to Grasp
Leave a human baby with some toys and it’ll quickly learn to pick them up. Now a robot with deep-learning capabilities has done the same thing.
- A High-End Camera in a Small Package
Startup Light says its L16 will replace a fancy camera and lenses for a third the cost and fit easily into your bag, too.
- India’s Energy Crisis
Can India modernize its manufacturing economy and supply electricity to its growing population without relying heavily on coal—and quite possibly destroying the global climate?
- Gadgets Could Get Longer Lives by Combining Batteries
Microsoft researchers show that batteries that can be more actively managed by software might make our devices last longer.
- Facebook’s Internet Drone Team Is Collaborating with Google’s Stratospheric Balloons Project
Google and Facebook are lobbying to alter international law to make it easier to provide universal Internet access.
- Y Combinator Opens Research Lab to Tackle Big Problems
The influential startup incubator is launching a research lab to work on problems too big for startups.
The inside story of how ChatGPT was built from the people who made it
Exclusive conversations that take us behind the scenes of a cultural phenomenon.
How Rust went from a side project to the world’s most-loved programming language
For decades, coders wrote critical systems in C and C++. Now they turn to Rust.
Design thinking was supposed to fix the world. Where did it go wrong?
An approach that promised to democratize design may have done the opposite.
Sam Altman invested $180 million into a company trying to delay death
Can anti-aging breakthroughs add 10 healthy years to the human life span? The CEO of OpenAI is paying to find out.
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