Facebook and Journalism; Man-Machine Packing; and more [Weekly Computing Newsletter]

July 9, 2015

Weekly Computing Newsletter

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Publishers Are Selling Out to Facebook

Publishers like the New York Times should be having an existential crisis over Facebook’s instant articles. Instead they’re embracing it.

 

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At Amazon Warehouses, Humans and Machines Work in Frenetic Harmony

Amazon’s newest warehouse is testing the limits of automation and human-machine collaboration.

 

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Study Suggests Google’s Ad-Targeting System May Discriminate

Researchers say Google’s ad-targeting system sometimes makes troubling decisions based on data about gender and other personal characteristics.

 

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Rebooting the Automobile

Automakers and tech companies are racing to bring safer and more useful smartphone-style interfaces to cars. Can any of them go further and reprogram vehicles completely?

 

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Dreams of an Automotive Industry in Uganda

The east African country of Uganda hopes to establish an automotive industry to boost its economy and provide employment for its young, fast-growing population.

 

 

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Self-Driving Electric Taxis Would Lower Emissions

Besides upending an entire sector of employment, self-driving taxis could have significant environmental benefits.

 

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Collaborative Photography App Allows Smartphones to Record “Bullet Time”

Bullet time has always been the preserve of high-budget movies, but now anyone can create films like this using collaborative photography techniques on their smartphones.

 

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Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images

Give Google’s DeepStereo algorithm two images of a scene and it will synthesize a third image from a different point of view.

 

 

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Doomsday Grants Will Advance Important AI Research

Machines have shown some impressive flashes of intelligence in recent years. Do we need to start teaching them right from wrong?

 

 

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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending July 4, 2015)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

 

 

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Live Streaming: Social Control from Afar

Apps like Periscope will create a complex new relationship between broadcaster and audience.

 

 

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Live Streaming: Social Control from Afar

Apps like Periscope will create a complex new relationship between broadcaster and audience.

 

 

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How Disruptive Is Tesla, Really?

Applying the theory of disruptive innovation to Tesla is not as simple as it seems.

 

 

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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending July 4, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.

 

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