News and Views from EmTech at MIT, where technologists are showing off breakthroughs in computing, energy, materials, and biomedicine—and discussing their implications.
Nobel laureate Robert Shiller sees economic benefits to today’s technology-driven economy, but worries that automation poses “the challenge of our time.”
Researchers have figured out how to use a 3-D printer to make plastic hair of varying thicknesses for things like toys and brushes.
Lytro, maker of a shifting-focus camera, claims its upcoming virtual-reality camera will let you move around in live-action videos.
The Pebble Time Round isn’t the most powerful smart watch out there, but it’s light, slim, and easy to use.
Smartphones have sidelined digital cameras and other special-purpose devices. Now Google thinks mobile phones will shove virtual-reality headsets like the Oculus Rift into the shadows, too.
As Google puts machine-learning software into more products, it must train it to behave more as humans expect.
A new tool for analyzing academic papers uses cutting-edge AI to find meaning in billions of words.
Synthetic porous materials that flex to take up and release fuel could lead to cheaper natural-gas cars that don’t need cumbersome storage tanks.
Deep learning antivirus software could reduce malware infections significantly.