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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 21)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Pedro Domingos on the Arms Race in Artificial Intelligence Christoph Scheuermann and Bernhard Zand | Spiegel Online “AI lowers the cost of knowledge by orders of magnitude. One good, effective machine learning system can do...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 14)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Learns a New Trick: Measuring Brain Cells Robbie Gonzalez | Wired “For three months, I spent three or four hours a day, five or six days a week, in a small room, peering through...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 7)

CYBERNETICS A Brain-Boosting Prosthesis Moves From Rats to Humans Robbie Gonzalez | WIRED “Today, their proof-of-concept prosthetic lives outside a patient's head and connects to the brain via wires. But in the future, Hampson hopes, surgeons could...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 31)

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY The Next Best Version of Me: How to Live Forever  David Ewing Duncan | Wired “Church is one of the leaders of an initiative called the Genome Project-­Write, or GP-Write, which is organizing the efforts...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 24)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE How the AI Cloud Could Produce the Richest Companies Ever Peter Burrows | MIT Technology Review “Amazon, Google, and Microsoft—and to a lesser extent companies like Apple, IBM, Oracle, Salesforce, and SAP—have the massive computing...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 17)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE China Wants to Shape the Global Future of Artificial Intelligence Will Knight | MIT Technology Review “China’s booming AI industry and massive government investment in the technology have raised fears in the US and elsewhere...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 10)

COMPUTING Google Thinks It's Close to 'Quantum Supremacy.' Here's What That Really Means. Martin Giles and Will Knight | MIT Technology Review “Seventy-two may not be a large number, but in quantum computing terms, it’s massive. This...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 3)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Inside the Alexa Prize James Vlahos | Wired “The fevered quest for conversational AI has pitted Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft in a battle for two vital resources. The first is finite: top-shelf PhDs...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 24)

COMPUTING Serious Quantum Computers Are Finally Here. What Are We Going to Do With Them? Will Knight | MIT Technology Review "'The thing driving the hype is the realization that quantum computing is actually real,' says Isaac...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 17)

BIOTECH In the Future We Won’t Edit Genomes—We’ll Just Print Out New Ones Bryan Walsh | MIT Technology Review “'Over the next 10 years synthetic biology is going to be producing all kinds of compounds and materials...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 10)

SPACE Falcon Heavy Rocket Makes History With Successful First Launch Michael Greshko | National Geographic “'I'm still trying to absorb everything that happened. It seemed surreal to me,' SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a post-launch press...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 3)

CRYPTOCURRENCY Making a Crypto Utopia in Puerto Rico Nellie Bowles | The New York Times “Dozens of entrepreneurs, made newly wealthy by blockchain and cryptocurrencies, are heading en masse to Puerto Rico this winter…And these men—because they are almost...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through January 27)

COMPUTING China Wants to Make the Chips That Will Add AI to Any Gadget Yiting Sun | MIT Technology Review “The chip is just one example of an important trend sweeping China’s tech sector. The country’s semiconductor...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through January 20)

AUGMENTED REALITY AR Has Inherited All the Promise and Hype of VR Nick Statt | The Verge “The full spectrum of AR was present on the floor of the show’s many gadget expos and booth halls, making...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through January 13)

TRANSPORTATION CES 2018: Phantom Auto Demonstrates First Remote-Controlled Car on Public Roads Mark Harris | IEEE Spectrum “But Shukman is not sitting next to me in the driver’s seat of Phantom’s Lincoln MKZ, and he hasn’t felt...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through January 6)

ROBOTS The Year Robots Backflipped Their Way Into Our Hearts Will Knight | MIT Technology Review “Legged robots remain very expensive and difficult to commercialize. So it came as little surprise when Google sold Boston Dynamics to...

The 7 Hub Stories That Got the Most Social Media Love This Year

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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 16)

BITCOIN Bitcoin Is a Delusion That Could Conquer the World Derek Thompson | The Atlantic “What seems most certain is that the future of money will test our conventional definitions—of currencies, of bubbles, and of initial offerings....

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 9)

ROBOTICS New Robots Can See Into Their Future Brett Israel | Berkeley News “Using this technology, called visual foresight, the robots can predict what their cameras will see if they perform a particular sequence of movements. These robotic...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 2)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself? Cliff Kuang | New York Times “Kosinski’s results suggested something stranger: that artificial intelligences often excel by developing whole new ways of seeing, or even thinking, that...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through November 18)

ROBOTS Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Does Backflips Now and It's Full-Tilt Insane Matt Simon | Wired  “To be clear: Humanoids aren’t supposed to be able to do this. It's extremely difficult to make a bipedal robot that can move...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through November 11)

QUANTUM COMPUTING IBM Raises the Bar With a 50-Qubit Quantum Computer Will Knight | MIT Technology Review “50 qubits is a significant landmark in progress toward practical quantum computers. Other systems built so far have...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through November 4)

TRANSPORTATION Who's Ready to Put Their Kid on a Self-Driving School Bus? Aarian Marshall | Wired “The designers know the concept is provocative, but they think it points to a bigger truth: You’ll know autonomous vehicles are...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through October 28)

INTERNET OF THINGS Amazon Key Is a New Service That Lets Couriers Unlock Your Front Door Ben Popper | The Verge “When a courier arrives with a package for in-home delivery, they scan the barcode, sending a...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through October 21)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity George Dvorsky | Gizmodo “A new paper published in Nature today describes how the artificially intelligent system that defeated Go grandmaster Lee Sedol in 2016 got its digital...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through October 14)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Google's Learning Software Learns to Write Learning Software Tom Simonite | Wired “In a project called AutoML, Google’s researchers have taught machine-learning software to build machine-learning software. In some instances, what it comes up...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around The Web (Through October 7)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Google Has Built Earbuds That Translate 40 Languages in Real Time Dave Gershgorn | Quartz “The last part of that process is traditionally done by putting together pre-recorded words or word fragments. However, DeepMind, Alphabet’s AI...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around The Web (Through September 30)

AUGMENTED REALITY ZED Mini Turns Rift and Vive Into an AR Headset From the Future Ben Lang | Road to VR “When attached, the camera provides stereo pass-through video and real-time depth and environment mapping, turning the...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around The Web (Through September 23)

DRONES The First Autonomous Drone Delivery Network Will Fly Above Switzerland Starting Next Month Thuy Ong | The Verge “Logistics company Matternet has announced a permanent autonomous drone network in Switzerland that will now see lab samples...
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This Year’s Awesome Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories From Around the Web (Through Sept 16)

Each week we scour the web for great articles and fascinating advances across our core topics, from robots to biotech and AI. We pay special attention to and are excited to see new ways...
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This Year’s Awesome Robot Stories From Around the Web (Through Sept 9)

Each week we scour the web for great articles and fascinating advances across our core topics, from AI to biotech and the brain. But robots have a special place in our hearts. This week,...
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The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through September 2)

AUGMENTED REALITY Google Unveils ARCore, Its Answer to Apple's ARKit, But It Will Be Hard to Catch Up Mark Sullivan | Fast Company “With ARCore, Google says, developers can create AR apps and games that run...
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The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 26)

BIOTECH Lab-Grown Food Startup Memphis Meats Raises $17 Million From DFJ, Cargill, Bill Gates, Others Paul Sawers | Venture Beat “Meat grown in a laboratory is the future, if certain sustainable food advocates have their way,...

The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 19)

BIOHACKING Biohackers Encoded Malware in a Strand of DNA Andy Greenberg | WIRED "Regardless of any practical reason for the research, however, the notion of building a computer attack—known as an 'exploit'—with nothing but the information stored...
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The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 12)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Blizzard and DeepMind Turn StarCraft II Into an AI Research Lab Darrell Etherington | TechCrunch “StarCraft II is such a useful environment for AI research basically because of how complex and varied the games can...
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The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 5)

TRANSPORTATION A Pod Races Through the Hyperloop for the First Time Ever Alex Davies | WIRED “Once loaded into a 1,600-foot-long concrete tube in the Nevada desert, the pod hit 192 mph in about 5 seconds, using...
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The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 29)

AUGMENTED REALITY $99 Headset Could Be Augmented Reality's First True Chance at a Mass Market Rachel Metz | MIT Technology Review “The headset, made by Mira, is like an AR version of Samsung’s Gear VR, which gives users...

The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 22)

BIOTECH Verily Robot Will Raise 20 Million Sterile Mosquitoes for Release in California Emily Mullin | MIT Technology Review “To help breed and release the mosquitoes, Verily has partnered with Kentucky-based Mosquito Mate and Fresno’s mosquito control...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 15)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DeepMind's AI Is Teaching Itself Parkour, and the Results Are Adorable James Vincent | The Verge "The research explores how reinforcement learning (or RL) can be used to teach a computer to navigate unfamiliar and...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 8)

DIGITAL MEDIA Make Hollywood-Quality Animations at Low-Budget Prices With This Motion Capture Suit Sarah Buhr | TechCrunch "You might be familiar with the industry-standard green man MoCap suit many Hollywood studios use to capture the movement of...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 1)

DRONES MIT Is Building Autonomous Drones That Can Both Drive and Fly April Glaser | Recode "The drones, which were built at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, also include route-planning software that can help calculate...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 24)

SPACE NASA Finds Evidence of 10 New Earth-Sized Planets in Our Corner of the Galaxy Sean O’Kane | The Verge "A total of 2,335 of those have been verified as exoplanets, 21 of which are Earth-sized and...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 17)

SILICON VALLEY NEWS Even Uber's Crisis Won't Kill Founder Worship in Tech Davey Alba | WIRED "Because of Uber's corporate structure, only Kalanick himself can really decide if he stays or goes. And the Valley has been...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 10)

ROBOTICS Alphabet Is Selling Its Terrifying Robots to SoftBank Mike Murphy | Quartz  "It’s unclear what SoftBank paid for Alphabet’s two robotics companies, but perhaps it sees a future where robots are as commonplace in our lives...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 3)

BIOTECH These Color-Changing Tattoos Monitor Your Health, No Wearable Needed Katharine Schwab | Fast Company "Researchers are getting closer to turning the skin into an interface, while designers imagine what these interfaces might look like. Do they...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 27)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Google's AlphaGo Continues Dominance With Second Win in China Cade Metz | WIRED "The last game of the series is set for Saturday. But before then, on Friday, the machine will play two others: one...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 20)

ROBOTICS San Francisco Considers Ban on Sidewalk Delivery Robots Steven Musil | CNET "San Francisco is considering legislation that would put the brakes on delivery robots rolling across the city's sidewalks. The robots, once confined to sci-fi...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 13)

TRANSPORTATION Have Scientists Discovered the Cure for Potholes? Angela Chen | The Verge "Self-healing asphalt has been tested on 12 different roads in the Netherlands, and one of these has been functioning and open to the...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 6)

AUTOMATION Veo Robotics Gives Industrial Robots a Sixth Sense for Safely Working Around People Devin Coldewey | TechCrunch "Veo’s system uses a set of four depth-sensing cameras placed around the work space so as to give complete...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 29)

BRAIN Facebook Launches "Moon Shot" Effort to Decode Speech Direct From the Brain Larry Greenemeier | Scientific American "If all goes according to plan—and that’s a big if—Building 8’s neural prosthetic would strap onto a person’s head,...

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