January 31, 2019
President Reif speaks with Gerry Baker of WSJ at Large about the impact of AI on the future of education and work. “Part of the goal of the [MIT Schwarzman] college is, as we educate people to use these [AI] tools, to educate them in a way that empowers human beings, not replaces human beings,” says Reif.
Gift of $350 million establishes the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, an unprecedented, $1 billion commitment to world-changing breakthroughs and their ethical application.
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.
Researchers at MIT and Northeastern are “testing a new video chat service called Minglr that lets online conference-goers bump into each other virtually,” writes Hiawatha Bray for The Boston Globe. The service is intended to replicate the traditional conference experience where “casual meetings with total strangers…often produce new ideas and business opportunities.”
Researchers at MIT’s Center for Advanced Virtuality have created a deepfake video of President Richard Nixon discussing a failed moon landing. “[The video is] meant to serve as a warning of the coming wave of impressively realistic deepfake false videos about to hit us that use A.I. to convincingly reproduce the appearance and sound of real people,” write Aaron Pressman and David Z. Morris for Fortune.