November 13, 2019
Smithsonian reporter Emily Matchar writes that MIT researchers have developed a new navigation system that could be used to help delivery robots find their destination. “My vision there is that all our robots are going to be able to just understand really casual human instructions like, ‘hey, robot, go grab a coffee for me,’” explains graduate student Michael Everett.
Bhaskar Pant, executive director of MIT Professional Education, writes for The European Business Review about how cultural differences are influencing the varying responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. “In an increasingly globalized business world, effectiveness in communication and action requires a solid foundation in cultural awareness and cultural competence,” writes Pant.European Business Review
Prof. Richard J. Samuels reviews “Unconditional: The Japanese Surrender in World War II” by Marc Gallicchio for The New York Times. “’Unconditional’ is a sharp reminder of the power, imperfection and politicization of historical narrative,” writes Samuels, “and of the way debates can continue long after history’s witnesses have left the stage.”
Writing for The Boston Globe, Prof. Simon Johnson emphasizes the importance of updating quarantine rules for travelers to Massachusetts and nursing homes to decrease the spread of Covid-19. “We cannot realistically prevent all Covid-19 transmissions, but we can certainly leverage the hard-won knowledge we have gained over recent months to prevent the disease from again getting out of control,” writes Johnson.
Fast Company reporter Nate Berg spotlights Lecturer Karilyn Crockett and her new role as Chief of Equity for the City of Boston. “The idea that there is a person who is tasked with explicitly looking at these things is critical, but also, more than just a person or a single office, the idea that there’s a commitment to structural change,” says Crockett.