January 11, 2018
Writing for The New York Times, Thomas Edsall highlights research by Profs. Daron Acemoglu and David Autor examining how automation and trade impacted the 2016 presidential election. “The swing to Republicans between 2008 and 2016 is quite a bit stronger in commuting zones most affected by industrial robots,” explains Acemoglu. “You don’t see much of the impact of robots in prior presidential elections.”
The first image captured during the initial orbit of the MIT-developed TESS satellite shows thousands of stars in the Southern Sky, reports Brooks Hays for UPI. “Galaxies, globular clusters and thousands of stars can be found within the portrait of the Southern Sky. Hidden in the image are exoplanets,” writes Hays.
Boston Herald reporter Alexi Cohan highlights a new lab at MIT, led by Prof. Tyler Jacks, that will investigate how the immune system can be used to treat and manage pancreatic cancer. “In the long term we hope that the work that we are doing will help us diagnose the disease at even early stage and maybe even prevent it altogether,” Jacks explains.
Prof. John Leonard speaks with Bloomberg News about his work with the Toyota Research Institute on developing a system that combines machine learning technologies and sensors to make vehicles safer. “Imagine if you had the most vigilant and capably trained driver in the world that could take over in a situation where a teenager took a curve too fast,” says Leonard of the inspiration for the system.
A Washington Post article by Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson and Research Affiliate Xiang Hui demonstrates how artificial intelligence is starting to have a positive impact on the U.S. economy by helping with such obstacles as lowering the language barrier to trade. Brynjolfsson and Hui explain that “human intelligence is needed to make sure it benefits the many, not just the few.”