February 16, 2018
Writing for Newsweek, Katherine Hignett reports that for the first time, scientists have observed groups of three photons interacting and effectively producing a new form of light. “Light,” Prof. Vladan Vuletic, who led the research, tells Hignett, “is already used to transmit data very quickly over long distances via fiber optic cables. Being able to manipulate these photons could enable the distribution of data in much more powerful ways.”
Sarah Toy of The Wall Street Journal writes that CSAIL researchers have developed a soft robotic fish that can capture images and video of aquatic life. “The key here is that the robot is very quiet as it moves in the water and the undulating motion of the tail does not create too much water disturbance,” says Prof. Daniela Rus.
Dropbox, which was “founded in 2007 by two Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer science students”, has launched its IPO with a valuation of more than $1 billion, writes Matt Phillips for The New York Times.“Dropbox’s initial public offering could pave the way for other unicorns to soon go public.”
Mouse on Mars, a music duo featuring former MIT guest lecturer Jan St .Werner, premiered their new album “Dimensional People” through a “spatial installation” that allowed guests to hear “more or less of certain instruments depending on their location,” writes Terence Cawley for The Boston Globe. The premiere was part of the “MIT conference/sound festival Dissolve Music” which St. Wener and Prof. Ian Condry helped organize.
A recent study from Media Lab graduate student Joy Buolamwini addresses errors in facial recognition software that create concern for civil liberties. “If programmers are training artificial intelligence on a set of images primarily made up of white male faces, their systems will reflect that bias,” writes Cristina Quinn for WGBH.