July 23, 2012
"Unveiled last week in Delhi by Abhijit Banerjee, a famous economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (who called himself a 'cheerleader' for the project), along with Jairam Ramesh, an Indian cabinet minister, the blog gives economists (and other academics) in India and beyond a chance to write for non-expert readers."
Open Style Lab, originally founded as a project out of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, designs tech-based clothes for people with disabilities. "Technology is a big part of the design process at Open Style," reports Magdalena Petrova for CNBC, and the Lab looks to "expand its reach by partnering with tech companies and hospitals to bring its designs to life.”
World-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma will deliver an on campus talk titled "Yo-Yo Ma: Culture, Understanding and Survival" as part of MIT's Compton Lecture series. “Ma is a prolific performer who has recorded more than 100 albums and has worked to promote collaboration among artists from different cultures,” notes the Associated Press.
Researchers from the Media Lab and Sloan found that humans are more likely than bots to be “responsible for the spread of fake news,” writes Paul Chadwick for The Guardian. “More openness by the social media giants and greater collaboration by them with suitably qualified partners in tackling the problem of fake news is essential.”
Prof. Zach Hartwig and Bob Mumgaard, CEO of Commonwealth Fusion Systems, discus the new fusion initiative live on Bloomberg Radio with hosts Peter Barnes, Tom Moroney and Pat Carroll. "MIT brings 40 years of federally funded expertise in physics to contribute to the project," said Hartwig, "and we see that as a tremendous strength of this new kind of model."
The Economist highlights MIT spinout ClearMotion, which developed a suspension system that utilized bumpy roads to generate electricity. Later, the team realized that their system also created a smoother ride, when ran in reverse. “The effect is to level out a rough road by pushing the wheels down into dips and pulling them up over bumps.”
Forbes contributor Joe McKendrick describes how blockchain applications “may eventually reach into every corner of the business, providing online, ‘smart contracts.’” McKendrick cites research from the Media Lab’s Senior Advisor for Blockchain Opportunities, Michael Casey, whose recent book highlights the World Food Program’s use of blockchain for food distribution.