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  • Other Interesting arXiv Papers (Week Ending April 18, 2015)

    The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv preprint server.

    US Stock Market Interaction Network As Learned By The Boltzmann Machine



  • The Chances of Another Chernobyl Before 2050? 50%, Say Safety Specialists

    And there?s a 50:50 chance of a Three Mile Island-scale disaster in the next 10 years, according to the largest statistical analysis of nuclear accidents ever undertaken.

    The catastrophic disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima are among the worst humankind has had to deal with. Both were the result of the inability of scientists and engineers to foresee how seemingly small problems can snowball into disasters of almost unimaginable scale.



  • 3 Questions on Killer Robots

    Fully autonomous weapons should be outlawed before they are developed, says a human-rights scholar.

    Delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons are meeting this week in Geneva to discuss fully autonomous weapons?machines that could decide to kill someone without any human input. Though this technology does not exist yet, some national-security experts say it?s plausible, given the development of ?semi-autonomous? missile defense systems and unmanned aircraft that can take off, fly, and land on their own. Today a person is pushing the button when a drone fires on a target, but in the near future, nations might try to develop weapons that don?t need a human in the loop. In advance of the meeting, a group from Harvard Law School and Human Rights Watch released a report that calls for an international treaty banning these technologies as soon as possible. The report?s lead author, Bonnie Docherty, a lecturer at Harvard Law School and a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, spoke to Mike Orcutt of MIT Technology Review.



  • A Way to Get Much-Higher-Resolution Selfies

    A startup called Light uses a cluster of small camera modules to create top-notch photos. First stop: Your smartphone.

    Most digital cameras are limited by a key aspect of their design: they have one lens and one image sensor. Light hits the lens and is directed at the sensor to produce a picture. A photography startup called Light is not making most digital cameras, though.



  • Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending April 18, 2015)

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




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