October 8, 2019
Prof. David Autor speaks with Boston Globe reporter Marin Finucane about an MIT report on automation and the future of work. “The point of the Task Force has been to bring all of these different parts of MIT together to weigh in on this critical topic for society,” explains Autor, “the roboticists, computer scientists, engineers, and data geeks as well as the political scientists, anthropologists, historians and economists.”
Prof. Larry Susskind speaks with WGBH’s Arun Rath about how public agencies can prepare for ransomware attacks. “When Microsoft sends your city agency a patch on your operating system, you should install it,” says Susskind, “because not installing it means that one place of vulnerability is known by all the hackers everywhere.”
Houston Chronicle reporter James Orborne writes that MIT researchers have found that decarbonizing the power grid would be less costly if nuclear power, along with renewable sources, could be expanded. The researchers note that, "Continued focus on lowering the cost of baseload generation from low-carbon sources such as nuclear would make achieving deep reductions in carbon emissions much less costly."
Writing for The Hill, Prof. Emeritus Henry Jacoby examines how to inspire the public and politicians to address the pressing challenges posed by climate change. Jacoby and his co-authors note that, “Public opinion isn’t the only barrier to action. Lawmakers need to play a far greater role in combatting this existential challenge.”
Financial Times reporter Charlotte Middlehurst spotlights how a team of engineers, including researchers from MIT, have found “AI can be used to measure the useful lifetime of lithium-ion battery-powered devices.” Middlehurst explains that this could “spur improved battery design and reduce production costs.”