August 7, 2019
Fast Company reporter Katharine Schwab spotlights MIT startup Embr Labs, which has developed a wearable device that can help keep users cool. “Cooling individuals could be a lot cheaper and less wasteful than cooling entire buildings,” writes Schwab.
Profs. Thomas Malone and Erik Brynjolfsson discuss the future impact of humanoid robots on society with Jason Margolis of PRI’s The World. “The next 10 years could be the best 10 years we've ever seen or the worst decade, and that depends less on the technology and more on the choices we make,” Brynjolfsson says.
Tara Roberts, a fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, writes for National Geographic about her experience with Diving With Purpose, a nonprofit that funds “underwater archaeology advocates” who search for and document slave trade shipwrecks. “Fragments of these wooden ships are notoriously hard to find after centuries in the water, but such a small number of finds also points to a larger societal disinterest in their discovery.”
XiaoZhi Lim at The New York Times reports on a new study co-authored by researchers at MIT, which found that “by using a new class of electrolytes composed of ionic liquids, or salts that remain liquid at room temperature,” it may be possible for a supercapacitor to store as much energy as a lithium-ion battery.
CSAIL researchers have developed a system that delivers high-quality video streams to multiple devices simultaneously, reports Darrell Etherington for TechCrunch. The system “minimizes stutters due to buffering, and pixelation due to downgraded stream,” Etherington explains, and could have “huge potential benefits for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu that increasingly serve multiple members of a household at once.”