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A View from MIT TR Editors

Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending March 28, 2015)

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

  • March 26, 2015

The Taming of Tech Criticism
Evgeny Morozov points out the essential conservatism at the heart of most technology criticism.
Brian Bergstein, deputy editor

Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House
What is Google so afraid of that it spends so much time lobbying Washington?
—Brian Bergstein

A New Series of Water-Activated Illustrations and Games on Seattle Sidewalks Only Appear When It Rains
Citizens of the raintropolis that is Seattle are enjoying these technology-driven works of public art, which can only be seen when they’re wet.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

Putting a Virtual Nose on Video Games Could Reduce Simulator Sickness
Researchers find that adding a virtual nose to your view from inside a virtual reality headset reduces motion sickness.
Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief

Rethinking the Brain
Criticism of billion-euro Human Brain Project was justified, says report.
Antonio Regalado, senior editor, biomedicine

The War Over Who Steve Jobs Was
Interesting look at the conflict behind different biographical takes on Steve Jobs.
Rachel Metz, senior editor, mobile

Drones Beaming Web Access Are in the Stars for Facebook
Is Facebook really just still trying to connect people? Skeptics beware.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer

Mapping the Sneakernet
The idea of Internet access usually ignores the informal flow of information.
Will Knight, news and analysis editor

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