Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending June 4, 2016)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- Plan to Fabricate a Genome Raises Questions on Designer Humans
What will scientists do with $100 million to mass-produce genes in the lab?
- How Dirty Is Your Air?
What one family learned from using a $200 air-quality sensor for a month.
- Why Autocorrect for Passwords Is a Great Idea
Letting people into their online accounts even when they mistype their password could make life easier without compromising security.
- Six Months after Paris Accord, We’re Losing the Climate-Change Battle
A new report from the International Energy Agency includes projections for reductions in energy use and carbon dioxide emissions that could be wildly optimistic.
- Monsanto Cultivates a Rose That Doesn’t Wilt
New advances in biotechnology could keep your flowers in bloom longer.
- How Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant Will Make Money Off You
While helping us get things done, virtual assistants will also give tech companies valuable new insights into our lives.
- Should We Let Internet Companies Define How We Express Ourselves?
Facebook and Twitter, among others, have agreed to enact a more stringent way of policing hate speech on their platforms in Europe. <
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
ChatGPT is going to change education, not destroy it
The narrative around cheating students doesn’t tell the whole story. Meet the teachers who think generative AI could actually make learning better.
Meet the people who use Notion to plan their whole lives
The workplace tool’s appeal extends far beyond organizing work projects. Many users find it’s just as useful for managing their free time.
Learning to code isn’t enough
Historically, learn-to-code efforts have provided opportunities for the few, but new efforts are aiming to be inclusive.
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