Facebook’s AI Ambitions; Holographic Display; and more [Weekly Computing Newsletter]

August 6, 2015

Weekly Computing Newsletter


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Inside Facebook’s Quest for Software That Understands You

A reincarnation of one of the oldest ideas in artificial intelligence could finally make it possible to truly converse with our computers. And Facebook has a chance to make it happen first.




Startup Leia Is Building a Holographic Display for Cars and Other Electronics

A startup has built a glasses-free 3-D screen that’s much bigger than its previous prototype, bringing it a step closer to being built into gadgets (including the one in your driveway).




Researchers Find Radar Makes a Decent Bedside Sleep-Tracking Device

A research project called DoppleSleep can tell how well you’re sleeping without getting in the way.




Living Dinosaurs of Computing that Handle Highly Sensitive Information are Being Blithely Hooked Up to the Internet

Mainframe computers have handled our most precious data since the 1960s, but they’re being put online without adequate security.




Microsoft Works Out How to Upgrade Online Encryption to Protect Against Quantum Computers

Quantum computers are still a distant prospect, but Microsoft researchers say we should strengthen online encryption against them now.




Diverse Robots Talk and Team Up to Complete Tasks for Humans

Robots that can work together and communicate are not only more efficient, they’re cheaper—since not every robot has to excel at every task.




Here’s the Drone That Facebook Plans to Fly in the Stratosphere to Bring Internet Connectivity to the Rural Poor

Facebook is about to begin beaming down Internet access from a solar-powered drone the size of an airliner.




Chinese Carmaker Aims to Beat U.S. Companies with Car-to-Car Tech

China’s leading carmaker is testing technology that would let vehicles communicate wirelessly with each other and with traffic signals.




Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending August 1, 2015)

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




Attack on Hitchhiking Robot Isn’t the First Man-on-Robot Violence

The beating of hitchBot reflects widespread robot sabotage in many workplaces.




Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending August 1, 2015)

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


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