In August, a study of 50,000 people in Italy concluded that online social networks have a significant negative impact on individual welfare.
In October, DeepMind unveiled a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain.
Google can identify and transcribe all the views it has of street numbers in France in less than an hour, thanks to a neural network that’s just as good as human operators. In January, its engineers revealed how they developed it.
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That was the conclusion of a study in April, showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.
In April, the first large-scale measurements of the way humans play Rock-Paper-Scissors revealed a hidden pattern of play that opponents can exploit to gain a vital edge.
If you prefer beautiful routes over short ones, GPS mapping algorithms are of little use. But In July, Yahoo researchers came up with an approach that could change that.
In March, the world’s first electrostatically driven graphene speaker matched or outperformed commercially available earphones.
Honey, I shrunk the Christmas tree ... thankfully Swedish scientists have found a neat way to illuminate it with a laser pulse.
The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv preprint server.