January 27, 2015
Nidhi Subbaraman reports for BetaBoston on the Forces Frozen workshop, held during MIT’s Independent Activities Period, during which students use frozen fabric to create structures. “The point of this workshop is to explore this world of shells but open up this world of potentially occupy-able installations to a lot more people,” explains Professor Caitlin Mueller.
A new study from the McGovern Institute suggest “that one of the most effective ways to stimulate children’s brains from a young age is back-and-forth conversation,” writes Elise Takaham for The Boston Globe. “We think that it’s because back-and-forth conversation is not only about hearing more words, it’s also about practicing paying attention to someone else and involves lots of emotional and social bonding,” said Prof. John Gabrieli.
An article in The Economist states that new research by MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini supports the suspicion that facial recognition software is better at processing white faces than those of other people. The bias probably arises “from the sets of data the firms concerned used to train their software,” the article suggests.