MIT Technology Review 201609
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Seven over 70
Yet more proof that innovation isn’t only for the young.
The Painkillers That Could End the Opioid Crisis
Researchers may soon vanquish our pain without causing addiction and other devastating side effects.
AI’s Language Problem
Machines that truly understand language would be incredibly useful. But we don’t know how to build them.
Fail-Safe Nuclear Power
Cheaper and cleaner nuclear plants could finally become reality—but not in the United States, where the technology was invented more than 50 years ago.
How to Give Fake Hands Real Feeling
In Zhenan Bao’s lab at Stanford, researchers are inventing materials for touch-sensitive prosthetics.
Tech Giants Go to Washington
As they try to gain more influence with regulators and policymakers, several of the top technology companies are increasing the amount of money they spend on lobbying.
Biased by Design
Exclusion hurts tech companies more than they know.
Nuclear’s Glacial Pace
There’s a reason it takes so long to approve a new reactor design.
AI’s Research Rut
When we think of AI as one particular thing, we drag the whole field down.
Can We Help the Losers in Climate Change?
The demise of the coal industry should start a discussion of how we will respond to the economic upheaval caused by global warming.
The Next Must-Have Smartphone Feature
Google’s new location-sensing system will make augmented reality far more useful.
Why Kickstarter’s Glowing Plant Left Backers in the Dark
Do-it-yourself biologists who hit the crowdfunding jackpot have learned that genetic engineering isn’t so easy after all.
A pair of experts mulled whether we’d ever get machines to talk, let alone think.