MIT Technology Review 201607

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  1. Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream

    Schemes for giving everyone a guaranteed income are gaining momentum in Silicon Valley and throughout Western Europe. It’s a great idea, until you look closely.

  2. What the Great Economists Would Have Thought of a Universal Basic Income

    Imagining what John Maynard Keynes, Milton Friedman, and Adam Smith would have said about our current predicament.

  3. Dear Silicon Valley: Forget Flying Cars, Give Us Economic Growth

    Companies taking advantage of amazing new digital technologies dominate our list of 50 Smartest Companies. But despite impressive advances in artificial intelligence and automation, the economy remains in a troubling slowdown.

  4. 23andMe Sells Data for Drug Search

    The consumer genetic-testing startup has amassed one of the world’s largest databases of DNA. Now it is sifting through it for clues to new drugs.

  5. Toyota Makes a U-Turn on Autonomous Cars

    The world’s largest automaker is finally getting serious about self-driving technologies.

  6. A Chinese Rival Beats Uber at Its Own Game

    Jean Liu explains how her ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing is besting Uber in China and why data is its biggest asset.

  7. 24M’s Batteries Could Better Harness Wind and Solar Power

    The startup’s cheaper way to make lithium-ion batteries could make it cost-effective to store energy from renewable sources.

  8. Before PCs Vanish, Microsoft Fights for Relevance in the Cloud

    Under Satya Nadella, the software giant hopes to survive by overturning the way it has always done business.

  9. Bosch’s Survival Plan

    An old-school manufacturer is building smart factories to remain globally competitive.

  10. Intel Outside as Other Companies Prosper from AI Chips

    The world’s leading chip maker missed a huge opportunity in mobile devices. Now the rise of artificial intelligence gives the company another chance to prove itself.

  11. In Global Shift, Poorer Countries Are Increasingly the Early Tech Adopters

    In some corners of the world, the poorest populations are the first to benefit from new technologies that are improving health.

  12. China’s Internet Boom

    Online experimentation doesn’t have to be limited to tech companies.

  13. Step Inside the Future

    Virtual reality will let us understand the world in ways photography never could.

  14. The All-American iPhone

    Political candidates opposed to free trade say Apple should make phones in the United States. Let’s see what that would look like.

  15. The Unbelievable Reality of the Impossible Hyperloop

    Startup Hyperloop Technologies has started shooting magnetically levitated capsules along a track in Las Vegas to show off a radical idea for the future of freight and mass transit.

  16. Oculus Rift Is Too Cool to Ignore

    Now that virtual reality has arrived (again), it’s here to stay—even if it’s not clear exactly how we will end up using it.

  17. The Best and Worst Internet Experience in the World

    Mobile innovation in China is flourishing, bringing new conveniences to daily life. Is that happening despite or because of the country’s strict controls on online expression?

  18. Why Startups Are Struggling

    Even amid the venture capital boom of the past few years, entrepreneurs are finding it harder to build big, enduring companies. What does this mean for the future of innovation?

  19. Go Inside TriAlpha, A Startup Pursuing the Ideal Power Source

    A startup in California has raised $500 million to chase the elusive dream of fusion power. Is this crazy, or is the company on to something?

  20. Why Tech Companies Should Work with Government Rather than Against It

    The former chief digital officer of New York, Rachel Haot, explains why government and entrepreneurs need to work together.

  21. Q&A: John Chambers

    The executive chairman of Cisco has become a Silicon Valley statesman, whether he’s promoting the expansion of digital networks or calling for limits on government surveillance.

  22. Train in a Tube

    Decades before talk of a Hyperloop, a transportation researcher wondered whether “evacuated tube” ground transport would be worth the trouble.