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technologyreview.com — As they peck out text on the featureless glass surface of their phone or tablet, some people still mourn the passing of the physical keyboard. Now technology is heading to mass production that can offer the best of both worlds: a featureless surface for watching video and buttons that rise out of it when you need to type.
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Morphing Buttons Will Bring Tactile Feedback to iPad Typing techre.vu/1iucRUW >@TechReview
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Microrobots Work Together to Build with Metal, Glass and Electronic Components

technologyreview.com — Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy's lab at SRI International might think his equipment is infested by ants. Dark shapes about a centimeter across move to and fro over elevated walkways: they weave around obstacles and carry small sticks. A closer look makes it clear that these busy critters are in fact man-made.

The Limits of Big Data: A Review of Social Physics by Alex Pentland

technologyreview.com — In 1969, Playboy published a long, freewheeling interview with Marshall McLuhan in which the media theorist and sixties icon sketched a portrait of the future that was at once seductive and repellent. Noting the ability of digital computers to analyze data and communicate messages, he predicted that the machines eventually would be deployed to fine-tune society's workings.
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Nicholas Carr describes the limits of big data in a review of "Social Physics" by Alex Pentland techre.vu/QoD4tp >@TechReview
Nicholas Carr points out the flaws in the big-data exuberance of "Social Physics" techre.vu/QoD4tp >@TechReview