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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week ending January 2, 2016)

Another chance to catch the most interesting and important articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. What Robots and AI Learned in 2015
    It was the year that self-driving cars became a commercial reality; robots gained all sorts of new abilities; and some people worried about the existential threat posed by super-intelligent future AI.
  2. Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016
    Expect a banner year for virtual reality. Here are some of the biggest things to look forward to in the months ahead.
  3. Here’s What We Learned About Concussion Detection in 2015 (And What We Still Don’t Know)
    Better concussion diagnostics will give scientists and physicians a more detailed understanding of brain injury.
  4. Renewable Energy Trading Launched in Germany
    Peer-to-peer energy trading is cropping up in several markets, including the United States.
  5. 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2015: Where Are They Now?
    In February we chose our 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2015—here’s how they have advanced since.
  6. The Best Technology GIFs of 2015
    We collected the most mesmerizing short clips about emerging technology from MIT Technology Review stories during 2015.
  7. The Energy Startup Conundrum
    An inventor of a storage technology tries to outlast a brutal stretch for new energy companies.
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