A View from MIT TR Editors

Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending May 24, 2014)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

  • May 22, 2014

Never Forget a Face
Joseph Atick, a pioneer of facial-recognition systems, is now cautioning against their unfettered use. Never, he says, should they undermine anyone¹s choice to remain anonymous.
Brian Bergstein, deputy editor

Forget ‘the Cloud’; ‘the Fog’ Is Tech’s Future
The Wall Street Journal’s new technology columnist, Christopher Mims, explains how companies are developing ways to store and process data that the Internet of things generates about the things themselves and other devices at the edge of the network “where the Internet end and the real world begins.”
Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports

So What If It’s Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going …
Plant of the centuries.
—J. Juniper Friedman, editorial assistant

Contractors Take Longfellow Bridge to the Past
How contractors and engineers are relearning historical construction techniques to restore the Longfellow Bridge between Cambridge and Boston.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief

Man Behind the First Computer Password: It’s Become a Nightmare
Father of computer passwords can’t remember his.
Antonio Regalado, senior editor, business

Twactivism: The Notoriety of Global Causes on Twitter
The Economist illustratively tracks the attention paid on Twitter to selected news events of few months, from the disappearance of Flight MH370 to Jay-Z and Solange’s elevator tiff and, most recently, the kidnapping of girls in Nigeria.
Mike Orcutt, research editor

U.S. Case Offers Glimpse Into China’s Hacker Army
We’re getting new insights into China’s army of technology hackers—behind massive espionage against U.S. companies and others.
David Talbot, chief correspondent

Everything Is Broken
A thought-provoking piece about the brokenness of the software you use every day.
Will Knight, news and analysis editor

What Climate Change Will Do to Your City
Vivid photographic visualizations of the cumulative effect of rising sea levels on iconic U.S. cities. (On the bright side, my house may be waterfront by 2300.) 
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

Google Says We Have a “Right to Know,” But Really Just Wants the Right to Profit from Your Personal Information
A well-argued opinion piece supporting a recent European court decision to let “citizens remove—perhaps, temporarily—troubling aspects of their current and former lifestyle from search indexes.”
—Kyanna Sutton

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