Intelligent Machines

Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending June 13, 2015)

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

Jun 11, 2015

Why I’m Breaking Up with the Apple Watch
“I am breaking up with my Apple Watch.” The New York Times’ chief fashion critic found that the much-hyped timepiece wasn’t very useful and led people to make assumptions about her personality.
Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief

Tech Startups Woo Investors With Unconventional Financial Metrics — but Do Numbers Add Up?
Many tech startups are probably overvalued even based on their legitimate financial figures. So the tech bubble looks even bigger if valuations are based on “bookings” and other creative accounting measures.
Brian Bergstein, executive editor

How China Is Building the Biggest Commercial-Military Empire in History
According to Quartz Washington correspondent Steve LeVine, it starts with a reimagined Silk Road that stretches over land and sea from North Sea ports in Germany to China’s coastal cities.
—Richard Martin, senior editor, energy

Black Hole Hunters
Researchers attempt to snap a pic of the “the hungry monster at the center of our galaxy.”
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer

What Is Code?
An explication for the lay reader of what software code actually is and does.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

Digital Journalism: The Next Generation
An interesting piece on the state of the media.
Will Knight, senior editor, AI