November 19, 2019
Joanna Moody, a research program manager at MIT’s Energy Initiative, speaks with Bob Oakes of WBUR’s Morning Edition about a new MITEI study on the future of transportation. “We need to be looking at alternatives to the car paradigm,” says Moody.
CNN reporter Allen Kim writes about how CSAIL researchers developed a new system that enables a robot to disinfect surfaces and neutralize aerosolized forms of the coronavirus. In the future, the researchers hope the robot could be used to enable autonomous UV disinfection “in other environments such as supermarkets, factories and restaurants.”
Professor Emeritus Tunney Lee, an architect and urban planner who served as the chief of planning and design for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, has died at age 88, reports Bryan Marquard for The Boston Globe. “At MIT, Mr. Lee was a mentor to scores of architects, teaching them to look beyond the creativity that went into designing buildings."
Writing for The Boston Globe, Prof. Amy Glasmeier, graduate student Zach Avre and Thomas Goff of Mass Economics argue for extending unemployment benefits and raising the federal minimum wage. “The quickest way to make all Americans sleep easier at night — and be willing to go back to work and help the economy recover — is by providing a living wage to get by in the era of COVID-19,” they write.
Prof. Fox Harrell speaks with New York Times reporter Joshua Rothkopf about the educational potential of deepfake technology. “To have the savvy to negotiate a political media landscape where a video could potentially be a deepfake, or a legitimate video could be called a deepfake, I think those are cases people need to be aware of,” says Harrell.