March 16, 2017
Prof. Daniela Rus speaks to the BBC’s Gareth Mitchell about the robots developed by CSAIL that can modify their behavior based on brain waves detected by a human operator. “We imagine operating prosthetic devices, a wheelchair, even autonomous vehicles,” says Prof. Rus.
A new system developed by MIT researchers analyzes radio signals that bounce off of human bodies to track their movement and posture from behind walls, write Saqib Shah for Fox News. Shah suggests that the system could allow military personal “to ‘see’ hidden enemies by wearing augmented reality headsets.”
A team of researchers, including MIT physicists, has detected evidence of a new elementary particle called a “sterile” neutrino, writes Natalie Wolchover for The Washington Post. “The existence of a sterile neutrino would revolutionize physics from the smallest to the largest scales.” Wolchover explains.
Prof. Xuanhe Zhao speaks with WBUR about how he and his colleagues have developed a new technique to create soft, pliable structures that could carry out medical procedures within the human body. “Since the human body is soft, it's beneficial to develop a device that has a similar rigidity as soft tissues in the human body,” explains Zhao.
BBC reporter Dave Edmonds speaks to Prof. Esther Duflo, co-founder of J-PAL, about her use of field studies and randomized control trials to test the effectiveness of programs in developing countries. Duflo explains that by examining data from randomized control trials, “out of the noise emerges some kind of melody of the logic of behavior.”
CNBC reporter Lora Kolodny writes about Spyce kitchen, an MIT startup that uses both humans and robots to make what it calls “complex meals.” “Spyce has a stated goal of not replacing human chefs, explains Kolodny, “but helping them work faster, and make delicious meals more consistently, in its restaurants.”