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Future robo-taxis could charge themselves and help balance the electric grid

4 hours 33 min ago
Wireless startup WiTricity wants cars to power up without human help and feed utilities energy during peak demand.

Artificial intelligence is often overhyped—and here’s why that’s dangerous

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 19:00
AI has huge potential to transform our lives, but the term itself is being abused in very worrying ways, says Zachary Lipton, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

How to hack an election—and what states should do to prevent fake votes

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:45
Two speakers at this year’s EmTech MIT conference addressed voting vulnerabilities.

Soon your doctor will be able to wirelessly track your health—even through walls

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:40
MIT professor Dina Katabi is building a gadget that can sit in one spot and track everything from breathing to walking, no wearables required.

Curbing emissions isn’t enough—we need emergency solutions for climate change

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:00
Top energy scientist Daniel Schrag says we have to adapt and innovate, because we’re already signed up for centuries of higher global temperatures.

A plan to advance AI by exploring the minds of children

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 09:00
Cognitive science and neuroscience could inspire the next big innovations in artificial intelligence, says the head of an ambitious new MIT-led research project.

Why lithium-ion may rule batteries for a long time to come

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 07:00
Materials scientist Gerd Ceder is overseeing a research effort to extend the capabilities of the dominant form of energy storage, using a new class of compounds.

Wall Street’s embrace could break Bitcoin

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:07
Going mainstream could be disastrous for the currency, if traders treat it like a conventional asset.

Running quantum algorithms in the cloud just got a lot faster

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 01:10
A startup called Rigetti Computing is linking quantum computers with classical ones in a new cloud service

For safety’s sake, we must slow innovation in internet-connected things

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 14:20
That’s the view of security expert Bruce Schneier, who fears lives will be lost in a cyber disaster unless governments act swiftly.

How California could affordably reach 100 percent clean electricity

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:00
Depending on solar and wind without nuclear, carbon capture, or other “firm low-carbon resources” would be extremely expensive, MIT researchers find.

Anti-aging medicine is so hot even this controversial idea has investors

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 21:00
A startup invests in a way to keep people younger, despite doubts about its science.

Four questions Silicon Valley should expect from Capitol Hill

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 16:55
And one fundamental question that should underlie tomorrow’s Congressional testimony.

One secret to building affordable nuclear: stick with tried-and-true designs

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 07:00
But first we need to convince companies to build nuclear plants at all.

California advances an ambitious climate policy that should be a model for the world

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 10:10
The state is on the verge of passing a rule requiring 100 percent of its electricity to come from carbon-free sources.

Researchers find a way to mimic clinical trials using genetics

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 07:00
A technique called Mendelian randomization could be the revolutionary tool drug companies have been waiting for.

Crowdsourcing the hunt for software bugs is a booming business—and a risky one

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 14:30
Freelance cybersleuths can help companies find flaws in their code. But the bug hunters could fall afoul of anti-hacking laws.

US election campaign technology from 2008 to 2018, and beyond

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
The first Obama campaign kicked off a technological revolution in electioneering. Where is it going next?

The four ways that ex-internet idealists explain where it all went wrong

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
21st-century digital evangelists had a lot in common with early Christians and Russian revolutionaries.

Future elections may be swayed by intelligent, weaponized chatbots

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
The AI advances that brought you Alexa are teaching propaganda how to talk.