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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending November 1, 2013)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.

  • November 1, 2013
  1. AI Startup Says It Has Defeated Captchas
    Brain-mimicking software can reliably solve a test meant to separate humans from machines.
  2. Data Shows Google’s Robot Cars Are Smoother, Safer Drivers Than You or I
    Tests of Google’s autonomous vehicles in California and Nevada suggests they already outperform human drivers.
  3. The Clever Circuit That Doubles Bandwidth
    A Stanford startup’s new radio can send and receive information on the same frequency—an advance that could double the speed of wireless networks.
  4. Building Cars Out of Batteries Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds
    Volvo, Tesla, and dozens of researchers are using creative battery designs to make electric vehicles lighter.
  5. Now Facebook Can See Inside Your Heart, Too
    Facebook scientists figure out how to identify your romantic partner or best friend from among your connections.
  6. With Firefox OS, an $80 Smartphone Tries to Prove Its Worth
    Despite limitations, the Firefox OS-running ZTE Open shows promise for low-cost smartphones.
  7. Automated Manufacturing for 3-D Printers
    Drawing on artificial-intelligence capabilities, PARC researchers are developing software meant to help make manufacturing accessible to people without manufacturing expertise.
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