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Tackling Society's Big Problems With Systems Theory
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Tackling Society's Big Problems With Systems Theory

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Institute for Data, Systems, and Society doctoral program is underway. 

Artificial-Intelligence System Surfs Web to Improve Its Performance
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Artificial-Intelligence System Surfs Web to Improve Its Performance

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed a new approach to information extraction that inverts conventional machine learning.  

Driverless-Vehicle Options Now Include Scooters
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Driverless-Vehicle Options Now Include Scooters

Researchers have developed an autonomous mobility scooter using the same sensor configuration and software used in previous trials of autonomous cars and golf carts...

Making Computers Explain Themselves
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Making Computers Explain Themselves

Researchers have developed a method for training neural networks so they provide not only predictions and classifications, but also rationales for their decisions...

Finding Patterns in Corrupted Data
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Finding Patterns in Corrupted Data

A new set of algorithms developed is capable of efficiently model-fitting probability distributions to high-dimensional data.

Making It Easier to Collaborate on Code
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Making It Easier to Collaborate on Code

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed an interface that addresses many of the core problems of the powerful open source tool Git.

Electric Motors Find New Roles in Robots, Ships, Cars, and Microgrids
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Electric Motors Find New Roles in Robots, Ships, Cars, and Microgrids

About 40% of electric power generated is used to drive motors, and that figure is expected to grow.

Automating Big-Data Analysis
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Automating Big-Data Analysis

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an approach to automating most of the process of big data analysis.

Algorithm Connects Students to the Most Interesting Person They've Never Met
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Algorithm Connects Students to the Most Interesting Person They've Never Met

MIT graduate students Mohammad Ghassemi and Tuka Al-Hanai began MIT Connect, a platform that matches participants for face-to-face lunch meetings based on background...

3D-Printed Robots With Shock-Absorbing Skins
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3D-Printed Robots With Shock-Absorbing Skins

Researchers have developed a new technique for three-dimensionally printing soft materials.

Students' Web App Seeks to Simplify, Modernize Voter Registration
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Students' Web App Seeks to Simplify, Modernize Voter Registration

Votemate is a new Web application that could make it easier for people to confirm they are registered to vote.  

Automated Screening For Childhood Communication Disorders
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Automated Screening For Childhood Communication Disorders

Researchers have used machine learning to develop a computer system that can automatically screen young children for speech and language disorders.  

An Autonomous Fleet For Amsterdam
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An Autonomous Fleet For Amsterdam

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has partnered with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions to test a fleet of autonomous boats.

Media Lab Conference Addresses Gender Bias, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM
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Media Lab Conference Addresses Gender Bias, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith has called for a push against implicit gender bias and for greater diversity and racial equity in technology disciplines...

Faster Parallel Computing
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Faster Parallel Computing

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a new programming language.

Judging a Book Through Its Cover
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Judging a Book Through Its Cover

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers and colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology are designing an imaging system that can read closed books...

How Machine Learning Can Help With Voice Disorders
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How Machine Learning Can Help With Voice Disorders

A new diagnostic approach using machine learning could help detect speech disorders exacerbated by vocal misuse.

Inferring ­rban Travel Patterns From Cellphone Data
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Inferring ­rban Travel Patterns From Cellphone Data

A new computational system can use cellphone location data to infer urban mobility patterns.

­sing Light to Control Genome Editing
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­sing Light to Control Genome Editing

Researchers have added a new technique to the CRISPR genome-editing system that lets scientists control when and where gene editing occurs by using ultraviolet...

Toward Practical Quantum Computers
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Toward Practical Quantum Computers

Researchers have taken a step toward practical quantum computing with a prototype chip that traps ions in an electric field and directs laser light at each of them...
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