MIT Technology Review 201701

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  1. Google’s Long, Strange Life Span Trip

    Why does a mole rat live 30 years but a mouse only three? With $1.5 billion in the bank, Google’s anti-aging spinout Calico is rich enough to find out.

  2. Closing the Digital Divide Isn’t Easy—But We Have to Try

    The poorest people, who might benefit most from Internet access, are often the least likely to have it.

  3. Rejuvenating the Chance of Motherhood?

    An audacious startup thinks it can give 40-ish women a better shot at having children. Should desperate would-be parents believe it?

  4. The Cancer Lottery

    Finding telltale mutations in tumors and targeting those cancers with precisely selected drugs is the newest front in the war on cancer. Now researchers just have to figure out why it doesn’t work for everyone.

  5. The Hole in the Digital Economy

    If the next president intends to improve American infrastructure and expand economic opportunities, there’s no better place to start than with the millions of people who still lack broadband access and computer skills.

  6. The Pentagon’s Innovation Experiment

    The U.S. Department of Defense founded a kind of startup in Silicon Valley to accelerate the development and acquisition of new technologies useful to the military. But will it survive President Trump?

  7. Manufacturing Jobs Aren’t Coming Back

    President-elect Trump’s promise to bring back production jobs ignores the realities of advanced manufacturing.

  8. Digitally Unequal

    Poor areas have lousy Internet. Here’s what Trump can do to help them.

  9. Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV

    We need more text and fewer videos and memes in the age of Trump.

  10. How Bad Will Trump Be for Climate Policy?

    While the new president will be damaging to international coöperation, the harm could be less than some fear.

  11. Ghana’s Last Mile

    Innovative African e-tailers are offering sought-after goods to the continent’s growing ­middle class. But logistical challenges must be worked out delivery by delivery.

  12. Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker

    The popular portrayal of computers as magic boxes capable of anything has done real societal harm. Now one TV show wants to save us.

  13. Hotter Days Will Drive Global Inequality

    Rising temperatures due to climate change will strongly affect economic growth around the world, making some countries richer and some poorer.

  14. If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves

    Google has an ambitious plan to use artificial intelligence to weed out abusive comments and defang online mobs. The technology isn’t up to that challenge—but it will help the Internet’s best-behaving communities function better.

  15. Meet the World’s First Completely Soft Robot

    Researchers use an ingenious design to make a soft robot that moves on its own.

  16. Amazon’s Next Big Move: Take Over the Mall

    Unable to resist any opportunity to sell you something, the e-commerce leader is opening up brick-and-mortar bookstores. But its online prowess doesn’t yet translate into a very good retail experience.

  17. Will the Climate Treaty Get the Money It Needs?

    If Donald Trump pulls back on the U.S. commitment, the entire plan could crumble.

  18. 37 Years Ago: How to Fix Democracy

    A computer scientist who saw congressional decision-making up close in 1980 found it insufficient to the task of solving big problems.