MIT Technology Review

  • NASA has just flown a helicopter on Mars for the first time
    by Charlotte Jee on 2021-04-19 at 13:52:33

    The news: NASA has flown an aircraft on another planet for the first time. On Monday, April 19, Ingenuity, a 1.8-kilogram drone helicopter, took off from the surface of Mars, flew up about three meters, then swiveled and hovered for 40 seconds. The historic moment was livestreamed on YouTube, and Ingenuity captured the photo above…

  • Inside the rise of police department real-time crime centers
    by Rowan Moore Gerety on 2021-04-19 at 09:00:00

    At a conference in New Orleans in 2007, Jon Greiner, then the chief of police in Ogden, Utah, heard a presentation by the New York City Police Department about a sophisticated new data hub called a “real time crime center.” Reams of information rendered in red and green splotches, dotted lines, and tiny yellow icons…

  • NASA has selected SpaceX’s Starship as the lander to take astronauts to the moon
    by Neel V. Patel on 2021-04-16 at 21:13:17

    Later this decade, NASA astronauts are expected to touch down on the lunar surface for the first time in decades. When they do, according to an announcement made by the agency, they’ll be riding inside SpaceX’s Starship vehicle. NASA’s award of a $2.9 billion contract to build Starship, first reported by the Washington Post on…

  • Geoffrey Hinton has a hunch about what’s next for AI
    by Siobhan Roberts on 2021-04-16 at 10:00:00

    Back in November, the computer scientist and cognitive psychologist Geoffrey Hinton had a hunch. After a half-century’s worth of attempts—some wildly successful—he’d arrived at another promising insight into how the brain works and how to replicate its circuitry in a computer. “It’s my current best bet about how things fit together,” Hinton says from his…

  • The $1 billion Russian cyber company that the US says hacks for Moscow
    by Patrick Howell O'Neill on 2021-04-15 at 18:09:32

    The hackers at Positive Technologies are undeniably good at what they do. The Russian cybersecurity firm regularly publishes highly-regarded research, looks at cutting edge computer security flaws, and has spotted vulnerabilities in networking equipment, telephone signals, and electric car technology.  But American intelligence agencies have concluded that this $1 billion company—which is headquartered in Moscow,…

  • Building a high-performance data and AI organization
    by MIT Technology Review Insights on 2021-04-15 at 12:53:09

    CxOs and boards recognize that their organization’s ability to generate actionable insights from data, often in real-time, is of the highest strategic importance. If there were any doubts on this score, consumers’ accelerated flight to digital in this past crisis year have dispelled them. To help them become data driven, companies are deploying increasingly advanced…

  • Why is it so hard to review the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Data.
    by Cat Ferguson on 2021-04-15 at 09:00:00

    The future of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson covid vaccine remains in limbo after an advisory panel recommended taking a deeper look into reports of rare—and sometimes fatal—side effects. The US Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration advised suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday, after reports that six…

  • Podcast: What’s AI doing in your wallet?
    by Anthony Green on 2021-04-14 at 09:00:00

    Our entire financial system is built on trust. We can exchange otherwise worthless paper bills for fresh groceries, or swipe a piece of plastic for new clothes. But this trust—typically in a central-government-backed bank—is changing. As our financial lives are rapidly digitized, the resulting data turns into fodder for AI. Companies like Apple, Facebook, and…

  • The new lawsuit that shows facial recognition is officially a civil rights issue
    by Tate Ryan-Mosley on 2021-04-14 at 09:00:00

    On January 9, 2020, Detroit police drove to the suburb of Farmington Hill and arrested Robert Williams in his driveway while his wife and young daughters looked on. Williams, a Black man, was accused of stealing watches from Shinola, a luxury store. He was held overnight in jail. During questioning, an officer showed Williams a…

  • The US says not to give Johnson & Johnson vaccines after a woman died from a rare blood clot
    by Antonio Regalado on 2021-04-13 at 18:42:02

    The US took the dramatic step of recommending that health-care providers stop giving people the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against covid-19 after six women who received it developed serious blood clots and one died. The US Food and Drug Administration described its action as a temporary halt to give regulators time to understand the apparent…