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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week ending December 13, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting and important articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
December 11, 2015
  1. Google Says It Has Proved Its Controversial Quantum Computer Really Works
    Researchers from Google’s AI Lab say a controversial quantum machine that it and NASA have been testing since 2013 resoundingly beat a conventional computer in a series of tests.
  2. Wikipedia-Mining Algorithm Reveals World’s Most Influential Universities
    An algorithm’s list of the most influential universities contains some surprising entries.
  3. Here’s What Developers Are Doing with Google’s AI Brain
    Researchers outside Google are testing the software that the company uses to add artificial intelligence to many of its products.
  4. China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots
    China needs advanced robotics to help balance its economic, social, and technological ambitions with continued growth.
  5. How Old Is Too Old for a Nuclear Reactor?
    The nuclear industry’s efforts to keep aging plants operating highlight questions about nuclear power’s future in the U.S.
  6. Baidu’s Self-Driving Car Takes On Beijing Traffic
    China’s leading search company is developing a self-driving car with BMW.
  7. A Cloud-Free Satellite Map of Earth
    Stitching together a live world map from many different satellite images lets algorithms keep an eye on the health of crops and problems like flooding.
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