A View from MIT TR Editors
Recommended from Around the Web (Week ending September 12, 2015)
A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.
Why the Rich Are So Much Richer
MIT Technology Review contributor James Surowiecki reviews the explanatory literature about inequality in the New York Review of Books. Editor David Rotman wrote about technology’s contributions to inequality here, here, and here.
—Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher
Why Facebook’s $2 Billion Bet on Oculus Rift Might One Day Connect Everyone on Earth
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg explains why he thinks the long-term future of his company lies in a brick-size virtual-reality display you strap to your face.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
My Life as a Robot
What happens when a remote worker joins the company’s headquarters as a robot.
—Megan Barnett, deputy editor
‘I Reviewed Jail on Yelp Because I Couldn’t Afford a Therapist.’
This is fascinating.
The 30-Year-Old CEO Conjuring Drug Companies from Thin Air
Naysayers have positioned Vivek Ramaswamy as the poster boy for a biotech bubble.
—Antonio Regalado, senior editor, biomedicine
Don’t Worry, Smart Machines Will Take Us with Them
Puh-leeze. The eugenic fantasy of evolving ourselves toward genius? Once more, with CRISPR.
Daily Fantasy-Sports Operators Await Reality Check (subscription required)
Billion-dollar startups FanDuel and DraftKkings have a lot riding on the upcoming
—Mike Orcutt, associate editor