Intelligent Machines

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending March 14, 2015)

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

Mar 13, 2015
  1. The Electric Mood-Control Acid Test
    A startup called Thync will sell electrodes that you put on your head to improve your mood. The results may vary to a surprising degree.
  2. How’s the Weather There? Crowdsourcing App Promises Better Forecasts
    An app called Sunshine taps into users’ smartphone sensors to provide localized weather predictions.
  3. India’s Ambitious Bid to Become a Solar Power
    The Indian government hopes to increase the country’s solar capacity 30-fold by 2020.
  4. Artificial Photosynthesis Takes a Step Forward
    Researchers have demonstrated a long-lasting device for making hydrogen from sunlight and water—but funding is running out.
  5. Apple’s Lovely, Potentially Overwhelming Wristwear
    My admittedly short time trying the Apple Watch makes me wonder if it might be able to do too much.
  6. How Nvidia Plans to Be the Netflix of Gaming
    Nvidia’s Shield console uses a range of tricks to reduce latency during game play.
  7. Smartphones Will Soon Learn to Recognize Faces and More
    Smartphone apps will be able to perceive objects and perform other intelligent tricks thanks to Qualcomm’s newest mobile chips.