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Deep Learning Is a Black Box, but Health Care Won’t Mind

New algorithms are able to diagnose disease as accurately as expert physicians.

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

For 3,000 Startups, Y Combinator’s Class Is in Session Online

The accelerator’s new Startup School offers a virtual way into the startup scene even if you’re not based in the Bay Area.

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

The 3-D Printer That Could Finally Change Manufacturing

Desktop Metal thinks its machines will give designers and manufacturers a practical and affordable way to print metal parts.

Posted on 25 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Immunotherapy Pioneer James Allison Has Unfinished Business with Cancer

Why do most patients fail to respond to the newest cures?

Posted on 24 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

When Even Genome Sequencing Doesn’t Give a Diagnosis

The technology has been touted as a powerful diagnostic tool, but it doesn’t provide answers to everyone.

Posted on 21 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Scientists Consider Brighter Clouds to Preserve the Great Barrier Reef

As bleaching devastates the critical ecosystem for a second year in a row, marine scientists are getting desperate.

Posted on 20 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Blockchain’s Weak Spots Pose a Hidden Danger to Users

An expert who is studying Bitcoin and blockchain technologies says those looking to commercialize them need to be aware of potentially dangerous technical issues.

Posted on 19 April 2017 | 7:10 am

The Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Shaking Up Much More Than Money

Blockchains are being used to trace blood diamonds, verify health records, and secure supply chains.

Posted on 18 April 2017 | 11:00 pm

The Growing Case for Geoengineering

As climate change accelerates, a handful of scientists are eager to move ahead with experiments testing ways to counteract warming artificially. Their reasoning: we just might get desperate enough to use this technology one day.

Posted on 18 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Treating Addiction with an App

Using smartphone data and artificial intelligence to track and interpret behavior, a Chicago startup is attempting something extraordinary: predicting and preventing relapse into drug use.

Posted on 17 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Engineering the Perfect Astronaut

Some scientists are thinking about what human space travelers will look like in the future. They might be extra-small and radiation-proof.

Posted on 15 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Facebook’s Perfect, Impossible Chatbot

Facebook is quietly trying to develop the most useful virtual assistant ever, in a project that illustrates the current limitations of artificial intelligence.

Posted on 14 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Russian Disinformation Technology

Russia’s reinvention of war exploits old techniques for a new century. Open-source citizen investigators are fighting back.

Posted on 13 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Russian Disinformation Technology

Russia’s reinvention of war exploits old techniques for a new century. Open-source citizen investigators are fighting back.

Posted on 13 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Me and My Troll

Years of unhappy interactions with an online commenter compelled the publisher of MIT Technology Review to rethink how his site hosts conversations.

Posted on 12 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.

Posted on 11 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.

Posted on 11 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

We Need More Alternatives to Facebook

Chastened by the negative effects of social media, Mark Zuckerberg says he will tweak his service and upgrade society in the process. Should any company be that powerful?

Posted on 10 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Insurers Scramble to Put a Price on a Cyber Catastrophe

Trying to estimate the maximum cost of a devastating cyber event before one actually happens.

Posted on 6 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Meet the Guys Who Sold “Neuralink” to Elon Musk without Even Realizing It

What’s in a name? Neuralink is a lot sweeter now that a billionaire is behind it.

Posted on 4 April 2017 | 4:00 pm