Self-Driving Ethics; Artificial Friends; and more [Weekly Computing Newsletter]

July 30, 2015

Weekly Computing Newsletter



Self-Driving Cars Get a Code of Ethics

Researchers are trying to program self-driving cars to make split-second decisions that raise real ethical questions.




Personal Robots Are Charming, But Don’t Expect Help with Chores

Several companies are developing appealing robot companions, but they aren’t yet capable of helping out around the house.




Amazon Plans “High-Speed Transit Zones” for Drones to Fly Packages to Your Home

To get its drone delivery service off the ground, Amazon must convince regulators to adopt its ideas for drone traffic control.




Offline Chat App FireChat Now Able to Connect Phones Beyond Line of Sight

FireChat can link Android and Apple phones into a long-range communications network even when the cell network is down.




A Health-Tracking App That Suggests Changes Based on Current Your Routine

Researchers built a mobile health app that tracks your activity and eating habits so it can nudge you with goals that fit your routine.




Glass Lives on as a Workplace Wearable

Google Glass, no longer available to consumers, is gaining fans in the workplace.




New iPhone Apps Will Include Ad Blockers for the Mobile Web

The first iPhone apps that block online ads could speed up your Web browsing, cut your data bills, and extend your battery life.




Google App Puts Neural Networks on Your Phone to Translate Signs Offline

Google’s new translation app puts simulated neurons on your phone—a technique that could make future gadgets much smarter.




A Programming Language For Robot Swarms

When it comes to robotic flocks, do you control each machine individually or the entire swarm overall? A new programming language allows both.




The Security Flaw Google Built Into Android

Google compromised the security of its Android operating system by giving up the ability to push out security patches.




Automobiles Need Security Patches Rather than Recalls

As carmakers rush to make vehicles more connected, their products are likely to become more vulnerable to attacks.




Deep Neural Nets Can Now Recognize Your Face in Thermal Images

Matching an infrared image of a face to its visible light counterpart is a difficult task, but one that deep neural networks are now coming to grips with.




Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending July 25, 2015)

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




Controlling the Police Cameras

If police must wear body cameras, we need to make sure they’re recording when they should, and only then.




Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending July 25, 2015)

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


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