November 15, 2019
MIT researchers have developed a device that can remove carbon dioxide from the air, reports Nsikan Akpan for the PBS NewsHour. “I realized there was a gap in the spectrum of solutions,” says postdoc Sahag Voskian. “Many current systems, for instance, are very bulky and can only be used for large-scale power plants or industrial applications.”
“Ride-hailing’s profitability aspirations ultimately conflict with its desire to upend the global auto market,” writes research affiliate Ashley Nunes for the Financial Times. “These companies have a choice. By the virtue of raising or lowering fares they can either excite investors or thrill consumers. But they can’t do both.”
As part of a SHOOKtalks session, Joseph Coughlin, director of the AgeLab, discusses how the pandemic has altered the way financial advisors work with clients, reports R.J. Shook for Forbes. “The one thing COVID did is it pushed technology into our lives,” says Coughlin. “It is not a novelty. COVID showed us that technology actually adds new value.”
Prof. Thomas Malone speaks with Nicolás Rivero at Quartz about Minglr, a new videoconferencing platform he co-created that replicates the type of chance meetings that happen at in-person conferences. “The most important part of conferences by far is what happens in the hallways,” said Malone, “not what happens in the meeting rooms.”
MIT researchers have developed an AI algorithm called MosAIc that “can spot connections between works from different cultures, artists and mediums,” writes Theresa Machemer for Smithsonian Magazine. “We hope this approach can be used as a tool to help art historians find new patterns in history and gather evidence to support their hypotheses,” says PhD student Mark Hamilton.