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.
Mercury News reporter Victoria Kezra writes that Monta Vista High School graduate Steven Liu, who plans to attend MIT this fall, was a member of the team that won the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad. Liu explains that he was drawn to studying chemistry because of, “the way that small molecular building blocks can combine to create lifesaving drugs is beautiful.”
Noah Smith of Bloomberg writes that the foreign trade theory proposed by Prof. Cesar Hidalgo and his research team suggests that a country’s future growth is determined by how many different products it makes. This forecasting method is based on “the level of regulation or the amount of investment in education,” explains Smith.
Renée Richardson Gosline, a senior lecturer in the Sloan School of Management, writes for WBUR’s Cognoscenti about whether it is a good idea to integrate artificial intelligence in all aspects of the online shopping experience. People often “outsource decisions and tasks to technology based on the assumption that it will improve your performance,” explains Gosline.
In an attempt to curb the increase in Lyme disease on Nantucket, Prof. Kevin Esvelt has proposed using gene-editing technology to engineer mice that can combat the spread of the disease, reports Cristina Quinn for WGBH. The idea is to, “genetically engineer these mice so that they are immune to the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.”
Writing for The New York Times Magazine, Wil S. Hylton highlights Prof. Ethan Zuckerman’s work examining how information travels around the internet. Zuckerman and his colleagues examined whether the internet, “serves mainly as a distribution network for the articles on major media, or if small blogs and websites can funnel their own stories back into the mainstream press.”