A View from MIT TR Editors
Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending January 24, 2015)
A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.
Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb
It’s not clear that phones shrink our attention span, but they may be changing the way we think, reducing reflection and daydreaming.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
Deep Web Marketplaces
VC Joel Monegro’s primer on the Dark Web includes some possible implications for other businesses.
At 90, She’s Designing Tech for Aging Boomers
Ninety-year-old designer Barbara Beskind guides young designers toward technological innovations caterered to older generations.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
How Paper Magazine’s Web Engineers Scaled the Back-End for Kim Kardashian (SFW)
A fun read (if you’re interested in the often bizarre way websites actually work).
—Will Knight, news and analysis editor
Why Can’t the World’s Greatest Minds Solve the Mystery of Consciousness?
A fascinating piece that might even persuade you that your smartphone has a soul.
A very good new science podcast.
Project HoloLens: Our Exclusive Hands-On with Microsoft’s Holographic Goggles
Wired’s exclusive investigation of Microsoft’s new technology.
—Kristin Majcher, special projects editor
Government Health Care Website Quietly Sharing Personal Data
Though what is exactly is disclosed and how it might be used is unclear, the AP has an interesting if not alarming scoop regarding Healthcare.gov.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
Vehicle-Mounted Cameras See When Buildings Leak Energy
The equivalent of Google street view for identifying wasted energy.
—Kevin Bullis, senior editor, materials
The Future of Control: Putting Virtual Wind Turbines Inside Real Ones
An interesting long read about GE’s advanced energy modeling research in Shanghai.
—David Talbot, chief correspondent