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Best of 2014: How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View

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.

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending December 27, 2014)

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

Best of 2014: How the Internet Is Taking Away America’s Religion

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.

Best of 2014: How to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors

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.

Best of 2014: Forget the Shortest Route Across a City; New Algorithm Finds the Most Beautiful

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.

Best of 2014: First Graphene Audio Speaker Easily Outperforms Traditional Designs

In March, the world’s first electrostatically driven graphene speaker matched or outperformed commercially available earphones.

How to Light a Nanoscopic Christmas Tree

Honey, I shrunk the Christmas tree…thankfully Swedish scientists have found a neat way to illuminate it with a laser pulse.

Other Interesting arXiv Papers (Week ending December 20, 2014)

The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv preprint server. SenseMyCity: Crowdsourcing an Urban Sensor

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending December 20, 2014)

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

Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending December 20, 2014)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review. Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate ChangeA thoughtful exploration of Transatomic Power’s elegant ideas for ultra-safe nuclear energy and whether they can become reality. —Brian Bergstein, deputy editor

What MOOCs Teach Us

Online education offers one effective way to close the skills gap. Three years ago, several of us at Stanford launched the first massive open online courses, or MOOCs. We wanted to make the teaching of the world’s great universities accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Show More Summary

On Creativity

How do people get new ideas? Presumably, the process of creativity, whatever it is, is essentially the same in all its branches and varieties, so that the evolution of a new art form, a new gadget, a new scientific principle, all involve common factors. Show More Summary

Fixing Autism Research

We need to come to grips with what autism really is. Autism researchers have published thousands of papers in recent years. With those numbers, you’d think we’d all be rejoicing over great progress. Yet many people—especially autistic adults—are frustrated by how little benefit has actually materialized. Why?

How Mobile Phone Data Reveals Food Consumption Patterns in Central Africa

Food shortages in developing countries have always been difficult to monitor in real time. But mobile phone data is changing that, say demographers.

Why Neural Networks Look Set To Thrash The Best Human Go Players For The First Time

One of the last bastions of human mastery over computers is about to fall to the relentless onslaught of machine learning algorithms.

Advertising Fraud: How the Ad-Tech Industry is Tackling the Problem

In February 2014, Vivek Shah, president of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) trade group, tweeted an astounding fact: “We have reached a crisis point: 36 percent of traffic today is generated by machines, not humans.”

Other Interesting arXiv Papers (Week ending December 13, 2014)

The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv preprint server. Object Recognition Using Deep Neural Networks: A Survey

RoboBrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots

If you have a question, you can ask Google or Bing or any number of online databases. Now robots have their own knowledge database

People Want Safe Communications, Not Usable Cryptography

For encryption to be widely used, it must be built into attractive, easy-to-use apps like those people already rely on. Security and privacy expert Micah Lee recently described how he helped set up cryptographically protected communications...Show More Summary

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending December 13, 2014)

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