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More-Flexible Machine Learning
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More-Flexible Machine Learning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers plan to present a machine-learning technique that enables semantically-related concepts to reinforce each other...

Ethical Trials, Targeted Ads
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Ethical Trials, Targeted Ads

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Philippe Rigollet and colleagues have developed an approach they say increases the effectiveness of online ads.

Learning Spoken Language
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Learning Spoken Language

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a machine-learning system that can learn to distinguish spoken words.

Self-Driving Golf Carts
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Self-Driving Golf Carts

The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology recently conducted an experiment in which self-driving golf carts carried 500 tourists around winding paths...

­avs Learn to Fly Solo
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­avs Learn to Fly Solo

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Robust Robotics Group want to teach unmanned aerial vehicles and other robots to think for themselves...

Crash-Tolerant Data Storage
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Crash-Tolerant Data Storage

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed what they call the first computer file system that ensures no loss of data when the system crashes...

Going Solid-State Could Make Batteries Safer and Longer-Lasting
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Going Solid-State Could Make Batteries Safer and Longer-Lasting

Researchers say they have developed a solution to the problem of lithium-ion batteries overheating and burning that also would extend battery life.

Could a Pen Change How We Diagnose Brain Function?
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Could a Pen Change How We Diagnose Brain Function?

Researchers have used artificial intelligence and a digital pen to diagnose dementia earlier than ever before. 

Giving Robots a More Nimble Grasp
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Giving Robots a More Nimble Grasp

Most robots on a factory floor are fairly ham-handed: Equipped with large pincers or claws, they are designed to perform simple maneuvers, such as grabbing an object...

Shoring ­p Tor
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Shoring ­p Tor

Researchers have demonstrated a vulnerability in Tor's design. 

Making the New Silicon
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Making the New Silicon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed gallium nitride transistors to power electronic circuits.

Consortium Including MIT Awarded $110m National Grant to Promote Photonics Manufacturing
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Consortium Including MIT Awarded $110m National Grant to Promote Photonics Manufacturing

The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will work to advance U.S. capabilities in integrated photonic technology.

Object Recognition For Robots
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Object Recognition For Robots

John Leonard's group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile...

Siting Wind Farms More Quickly, Cheaply
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Siting Wind Farms More Quickly, Cheaply

Researchers say they have developed a statistical technique that yields better wind-speed predictions than existing techniques. 

Computing at the Speed of Light
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Computing at the Speed of Light

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Sergio Cantu studies how light can act as an information carrier in computing and calculating. 

Computer Program Fixes Old Code Faster Than Expert Engineers
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Computer Program Fixes Old Code Faster Than Expert Engineers

Researchers have developed a program designed to automatically fix existing code without requiring the original source. 

Cutting Cost and Power Consumption For Big Data
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Cutting Cost and Power Consumption For Big Data

Researchers from MIT are developing a new system that could enable flash-based servers to perform as well as RAM-based servers, but at less cost and using less...

Tiny Wires Could Provide a Big Energy Boost
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Tiny Wires Could Provide a Big Energy Boost

MIT researchers have found a new approach to deliver the short but intense bursts of power needed by wearable electronic devices for health and fitness monitoring...

Automatic Bug Repair
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Automatic Bug Repair

At the Association for Computing Machinery's Programming Language Design and Implementation conference this month, MIT researchers presented a new system that repairs...

Can Phone Data Detect Real-Time Unemployment?
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Can Phone Data Detect Real-Time Unemployment?

A multi-university team of researchers has demonstrated that mobile phone data can provide rapid insight into changing employment levels. 
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