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MIT Technology Review is a magazine wholly owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but editorially independent of the university. It was founded in 1899 as The Technology Review, and was re-launched without "The" in its name on April 23, 1998 under then publisher R. Bruce Journey.
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The world’s biggest chip is bigger than an iPad and will help train AI

By MIT Technology Review | August 20, 2019

Cerebras Systems’ new semiconductor boasts 1.2 trillion transistors—and will turbocharge AI applications. The news: At the Hot Chips conference in Silicon Valley this week, Cerebras is unveiling the Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine. The chip is almost 57 times bigger than Nvidia’s

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The world’s top deepfake artist is wrestling with the monster he created

By MIT Technology Review | August 16, 2019

Hao Li has spent his career perfecting digital trickery. Now he’s working to confront the problem of increasingly seamless off-the-shelf deception. It’s June in Dalian, China, a city on a peninsula that sticks out into the Yellow Sea a few

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MIT – Facebook paid people to listen to voice recordings, too

By MIT Technology Review | August 14, 2019

It’s the fifth big tech company forced to admit to the practice this year. The news: Facebook paid contractors to listen to, and transcribe, audio clips generated by people using its Messenger app, according to Bloomberg. They were not told where the

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New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today

By MIT Technology Review | August 7, 2019

Six autonomous six-seater shuttles will be offering free rides around a one-mile loop of New York’s Brooklyn Navy Yard. If you can make it here…: It’s the first driverless car service to launch in the Big Apple (most trials in the US

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DeepMind’s algorithm can predict serious kidney injury 48 hours before it happens

By MIT Technology Review | August 1, 2019

DeepMind, Google’s artificial-intelligence unit, has created a deep-learning system that analyzes someone’s health records, including information such as vital signs and blood test results, and then predicts the chance of acute kidney injury (AKI). In a paper published in the

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A new microchip aims to stump hackers with a constantly moving target

By MIT Technology Review | July 17, 2019

Morpheus repeatedly changes key parts of its code to foil cyberattacks Last year’s revelations of security holes that affect billions of chips have spurred researchers to seek more effective ways of securing semiconductors. Todd Austin, a professor at the University

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Amazon has asked for permission to launch 3200 broadband satellites

By MIT Technology Review | July 9, 2019

The firm has filed an application with the FCC to join SpaceX, One Web and others in launching a constellation of satellites to provide broadband internet. The plan: Amazon has asked for permission to launch 3,236 satellites into orbit as

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London police’s face recognition system gets it wrong 81% of the time

By MIT Technology Review | July 4, 2019

The first independent evaluation of the Metropolitan police’s use of face recognition systems warned it is “highly possible” it would be ruled unlawful if challenged in court. The news: London’s police force has conducted 10 trials of face recognition technology

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A new deepfake detection tool should keep world leaders safe—for now

By MIT Technology Review | June 21, 2019

Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren, and other presidential hopefuls will be protected against AI doppelgängers thanks to a technique that looks at how they move. An AI-produced video could show Donald Trump saying or doing something extremely outrageous and inflammatory. It

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Five reasons “hacking back” is a recipe for cybersecurity chaos

By MIT Technology Review | June 21, 2019

A new US bill would make it legal for private companies to chase hackers across the internet. It’s a terrible idea that simply will not die. Sometimes when tech policymakers try to solve a problem, their proposed cure would only

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Facebook is expected to unveil its secretive cryptocurrency next week

By MIT Technology Review | June 14, 2019

Big payment firms and other digital companies are all backing the social-media giant’s first foray into crypto. The news: Facebook will release the white paper associated with its new digital currency next week, the Wall Street Journal reports. Firms like Paypal, Uber,

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Russia will block VPN providers who don’t comply with a blacklist request

By MIT Technology Review | June 10, 2019

The news: Ten providers of virtual private network (VPN) servers have been told to connect to a national blacklist maintained by Russia’s telecoms and media regulator, Roskomnadzor. VPNs create a safe encrypted connection that makes it seem as if your computer is