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.
Boston Magazine reporter Kaylie Felsberg highlights an exhibit at the MIT List Visual Arts Center featuring the work of artist Rami George. Felsberg writes that the exhibit was inspired by how Rami George’s mother took her children to join a New Age cult called the Samaritan Foundation. George “reflects on their experience and shares research on the mysterious organization via two video essays.”
Jo Marchant writes for Nature that MIT researchers have developed a machine learning model that was used to discover an antibiotic that works against a wide range of bacteria. People keep finding the same molecules over and over,” says Prof. James Collins. “We need novel chemistries with novel mechanisms of action.”
Writing for The Conversation, Sriram Chandrasekaran explores how MIT researchers used a deep-learning algorithm to identify an antibiotic that could be used to treat drug-resistant bacteria. Chandrasekaran writes that AI technologies “may soon give us a leg up in the never-ending battle against drug resistance.”
HuffPost reporter Florence Breton spotlights the work of alumna Farah Alibay PhD '14, an aerospace engineer who is working on the Mars rover for the 2020 mission. “I want to show everyone that a diverse team can perform,” says Alibay. “I want to change the aerospace culture and the way we integrate young female engineers and celebrate differences.