May 21, 2019
MIT and the U.S. Air Force “are teaming up to launch a new accelerator focused on artificial intelligence applications,” writes Danny Crichton for TechCrunch. The goal is that projects developed in the MIT-Air Force AI Accelerator would be “addressing challenges that are important to both the Air Force and society more broadly.”
Martin Finucane writes for The Boston Globe about a “thought-provoking new report” from the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future. “There is a lot of alarmist rhetoric about how the robots are coming,” said Elisabeth Beck Reynolds, executive director of the task force. “MIT’s job is to cut through some of this hype and bring some perspective to this discussion.”
Principal research scientist Andrew Sutherland and a colleague at the University of Bristol have solved a decades-old math problem known as the “summing of the three cubes.” The team found the answer with the help of the platform the Charity Engine, “which utilizes idle, unused computing power from over 500,000 home PCs to create a crowdsourced and environmentally conscious supercomputer,” writes David Grossman for Popular Mechanics.
Ryan Mandelbaum writes for Gizmodo about the efforts of principal research scientist Andrew Sutherland and others to use a crowd-sourced supercomputer to solve a math problem that scientists have been working on since the 1950s. “You wait and wait and just when you’re at the point of giving up, the number shows up,” said Sutherland. “It’s very gratifying.”
MIT researchers have conducted a new examination of the Dead Sea Scrolls in an effort to determine how the documents have lasted so long. Prof. Admir Masic “sought to decode just how this unique parchment was made, in hopes that the ancient technology might also reveal new approaches to preserving sensitive historical documents in the modern age,” writes Evan Nicole Brown for Fast Company.
A study from the MIT AgeLab shows that people who take out student loans for their children or grandchildren typically decrease the amount they save for their own retirement. “[I]f one’s loan obligations extend all the way into retirement age, then the time to begin saving may never arrive,” writes AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin for Forbes.