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A View from MIT Technology Review

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending December 6, 2014)

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

  • December 5, 2014
  1. Google’s Intelligence Designer
    The man behind a startup acquired by Google for $628 million plans to build a revolutionary new artificial intelligence.
  2. Discarded Laptop Batteries Keep the Lights On
    Millions of batteries discarded with computers have more than enough life to power home lighting for one year, researchers in India say.
  3. 3-D-Printing Bio-Electronic Parts
    With new “inks” containing semiconductors, researchers have been able to print LEDs for the first time.
  4. Your Online Journal, Built from Heartbeats, Sleep Patterns, and Hikes
    A startup called Gyroscope wants to build you a personal website that’s automatically updated with your own data.
  5. Material Cools Buildings by Sending Heat into Space
    A new material that requires no electricity uses the universe as a heat sink—even when the sun is shining.
  6. Cheap Oil Could Kill Off Cellulosic Ethanol
    Inexpensive oil could increase the pressure to reduce mandates for biofuels.
  7. How Google “Translates” Pictures into Words Using Vector Space Mathematics
    Google engineers have trained a machine-learning algorithm to write picture captions using the same techniques it developed for language translation.
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