A View from MIT Technology Review
Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending April 11, 2015)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- Paralyzed Again
We have the technology to dramatically increase the independence of people with spinal-cord injuries. The problem is bringing it to market and keeping it there.
- IBM Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer’s Controversial Brain Algorithms
IBM is testing a contentious idea for making computers more intelligent by trying to copy mechanisms from the human brain.
- AI Doomsayer Says His Ideas Are Catching On
Philosopher Nick Bostrom says major tech companies are listening to his warnings about investing in “AI safety” research.
- A Startup’s Plans for a New Social Reality
AltspaceVR is building virtual hangouts that it hopes you’ll use to watch a movie with friends or play a game of life-size chess.
- Microbes Engineered to Prevent Obesity
Genetically engineered bacteria ward off obesity in mice, showing how the microbiome could be used treat chronic diseases in people.
- Metamaterial Radar May Improve Car and Drone Vision
Powerful radar, mostly limited to the military, could soon be cheap enough for cars and consumer drones to use.
- Machine Learning Algorithm Mines 16 Billion E-Mails
Human e-mailing behavior is so predictable that computer scientists have created an algorithm that can calculate when an e-mail thread is about to end.