May 21, 2019
The new MIT-Air Force AI Accelerator “will look at improving Air Force operations and addressing larger societal needs, such as responses to disasters and medical readiness,” reports Breanne Kovatch for The Boston Globe. “The AI Accelerator provides us with an opportunity to develop technologies that will be vectors for positive change in the world,” says Prof. Daniela Rus.
TechCrunch reporter Jonathan Shieber writes about the women’s rental clothing service Armoire, an MIT spinoff. Shieber explains that Armoire aims to “provide a daily wardrobe for professional women at a price point that could be attractive enough to switch from an ownership to a rental model for fashion.”
Forbes contributor Poornima Peiris highlights some of the technology solutions developed by solvers participating in MIT Solve’s global challenges. Peiris spotlights everything from a new system to grow oyster reefs that can protest coastlines during storms and help filter toxins in water to a device that can be used to remotely monitor vital signs in infants in low-income areas of the world.
Speaking with Greg Rosalsky of NPR’s Planet Money, Prof. David Autor delves into his new research showing that large American cities no longer provide the same opportunities for upward mobility for people without college degrees. “The set of jobs that people without college degrees do has really contracted,” explains Autor, co-director of the MIT Work of the Future task force.
Broad Institute postdoctoral associate Joshua Weinstein has developed a DNA microscope that allows researchers to investigate the locations and identity of DNA molecules, reports Sharon Begley for STAT. “Weinstein has so far used it to image human cancer cell lines and plans to apply the technology to tumors and the immune cells that infiltrate them,” writes Begley, “which might one day guide immunotherapy.”
Writing for the Financial Times about how technology is advancing the field of health care, John Browne spotlights Prof. Bob Langer’s work developing new methods of delivering drugs with improved precision. Browne explains that Langer is working on “a device smaller than a grain of rice that he can inject into a tumour to test the efficacy of dozens of chemotherapy agents in parallel.”
Gizmodo reporter Victoria Song writes that MIT researchers have developed a new system that can teach a machine how to make pizza by examining a photograph. “The researchers set out to teach machines how to recognize different steps in cooking by dissecting images of pizza for individual ingredients,” Song explains.