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Helping Companies Prioritize Their Cybersecurity Investments
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Helping Companies Prioritize Their Cybersecurity Investments

A platform developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can quantify security risks for companies without requiring them to disclose sensitive...

Toward an ML Model That Can Reason About Everyday Actions
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Toward an ML Model That Can Reason About Everyday Actions

Researchers trained a hybrid language-vision machine learning model to recognize abstract concepts in video.

Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patients' Vital Signs
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Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patients' Vital Signs

Researchers are using dog-like robots from Boston Dynamics to remotely measure patients' vital signs.

'Giant Atoms' Enable Quantum Processing, Communication in One
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'Giant Atoms' Enable Quantum Processing, Communication in One

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have unveiled a quantum computing architecture that performs low-error computations while rapidly sharing quantum...

Scaling Up the Quantum Chip
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Scaling Up the Quantum Chip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a process for manufacturing and integrating artificial atoms with photonic circuitry.

Our Itch to Share Helps Spread Covid-19 Misinformation
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Our Itch to Share Helps Spread Covid-19 Misinformation

A new study has found that when people consume news on social media, their penchant to share that news undermines their ability to assess its accuracy.

CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank
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CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank

A group of researchers designed a robotic system that disinfects surfaces and neutralizes aerosolized forms of Covid-19.

Engineers Put Tens of Thousands of Artificial Brain Synapses on a Single Chip
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Engineers Put Tens of Thousands of Artificial Brain Synapses on a Single Chip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have designed a 'brain on a chip' composed of tens of thousands of memristors.

Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice
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Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice

Researchers have created an algorithm to produce random numbers with the best mix of speed, accuracy, and low memory currently available.

How Many Jobs do Robots Really Replace?
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How Many Jobs do Robots Really Replace?

Two economics professors have determined that the replacement of human workers by robots is a tangible trend, although they say claims of total automation are overstated...

A Foolproof Way to Shrink Deep Learning Models
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A Foolproof Way to Shrink Deep Learning Models

Researchers have proposed a new technique for compressing deep learning models.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI
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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI

Researchers have developed an automated artificial intelligence system for training and running certain types of neural networks, which has a small carbon footprint...

Muscle Signals Can Pilot a Robot
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Muscle Signals Can Pilot a Robot

A new system taps human muscle signals via wearable sensors to pilot a robot.

Sensors Woven Into a Shirt Can Monitor Vital Signs
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Sensors Woven Into a Shirt Can Monitor Vital Signs

Researchers have developed a method of incorporating electronic sensors into stretchy fabrics to create clothes that monitor vital signs.

Rus Named to White House Science Council
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Rus Named to White House Science Council

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Daniela Rus has been selected to serve on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Engineers 3D-Print Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants
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Engineers 3D-Print Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants

Engineers have developed a way to three-dimensionally print neural probes and other electronic devices that are as soft and flexible as rubber.

System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road
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System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a simulation system to train driverless cars prior to their deployment on actual streets.

Showing Robots How to Do Your Chores
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Showing Robots How to Do Your Chores

A new system allows robots to learn complicated tasks that would normally confuse them with too many complicated rules.

Integrating Electronics Onto Physical Prototypes
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Integrating Electronics Onto Physical Prototypes

MIT researchers directly integrated three-dimensionally (3D)-printed platforms onto physical products. 

Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance
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Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance

MIT researchers have developed a scalable metadata-protection scheme to shield the information of millions of users.
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