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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.
June 3, 2016
  1. Plan to Fabricate a Genome Raises Questions on Designer Humans
    What will scientists do with $100 million to mass-produce genes in the lab?
  2. How Dirty Is Your Air?
    What one family learned from using a $200 air-quality sensor for a month.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Monsanto Cultivates a Rose That Doesn’t Wilt
    New advances in biotechnology could keep your flowers in bloom longer.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
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