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This $40,000 Robotic Exoskeleton Lets the Paralyzed Walk

Still pricier than motorized wheelchairs, SuitX’s Phoenix exoskeleton weighs just 27 pounds and is custom-fit to the user’s body.Paralyzed from the waist down after a BMX accident, Steven Sanchez rolled into SuitX’s Berkeley, California, office in a wheelchair. A half-hour later he was standing and walking thanks to the Phoenix—a robotic exoskeleton...

The Step Needed to Make Virtual Reality More Real

If virtual reality is going to be truly immersive, holding a game controller could be distracting. Companies will instead try to let you control the action with your eyes, head, or fingers.It’s one thing to play the arcade game Whac-A-Mole by swinging around an oversized mallet; it’s far easier to whack those moles virtually, controlling the mallet...

Other Interesting arXiv Papers (Week ending January 30, 2016)

The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv this week.Scalability in Neural Control of Musculoskeletal Robots

America’s Broadband Improves, Cementing a “Persistent Digital Divide”

New figures show that U.S. broadband access is improving, but only for some.U.S. broadband infrastructure is improving fast, according to new figures from the Federal Communications Commission. But the gains are uneven, with people that live in rural areas left behind.

This Is How to Stop the Zika Virus

Halting the explosive spread of Zika means waging war with mosquitoes. There are several ways, old and new, to win that war.The Zika virus is out of control. Earlier this week, the World Health Organization called it an “explosive” epidemic, and officials in Brazil, the country hardest hit by the disease, have admitted that they are “losing badly” to...

Spam Trail Leads to China’s Three Largest Banks

A researcher made 300 purchases of fake luxury goods online and found that 97 percent were handled by China’s largest three banks.An academic’s investigation into the underpinnings of the fake luxury goods spam that pollutes in-boxes, social networks, and search results sheds new light on the economics of online crime—and implicates some of the largest...

Is Facebook About to Kill Off Twitter?

Twitter is struggling to grow, its executives are leaving in droves, and now Facebook looks to be muscling in on its turf.Twitter’s stock price has been tumbling for months, and CEO Jack Dorsey announced this week that several of its highest ranking executives are fleeing. The deepest concern, though, isn’t about corporate machinations—it seems that...

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week ending January 30, 2016)

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

Will Machines Eliminate Us?

People who worry that we’re on course to invent dangerously intelligent machines are misunderstanding the state of computer science.Yoshua Bengio leads one of the world’s preëminent research groups developing a powerful AI technique known as deep learning. The startling capabilities that deep learning has given computers in recent years, from human-level...

Facebook Now Lets You Live-Stream Video From Your iPhone

Look out, Periscope and Meerkat: Facebook’s latest move shows it is taking live-streaming very seriously. 

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