March 5, 2018
Mary Beth Griggs writes for Popular Science about a new Nature study where researchers have identified cold hydrogen dating back to 180 million years post-big bang. “Some of the radiation from the very first stars is starting to allow hydrogen to be seen,” says Alan Rogers of the Haystack Observatory.
Writing for The Wall Street Journal, visiting lecturer Irving Wladawsky-Berger spotlights how the new MIT Schwarzman College of Computing aims to educate students from every discipline on how to responsibly use and develop AI technologies. Wladawsky-Berger notes that “such an interdisciplinary initiative is a truly bold step for any institution.”
Axios reporter Kaveh Waddell writes about a new study by MIT researchers that examines the potential impact of adversarial attacks on health care systems. “If someone sending in data for analysis has a different goal than the owner of the system doing the analysis, there's a potential for funny business,” Waddell explains.
MIT researchers have found that medical systems could be vulnerable to adversarial attacks, report Cade Matz and Craig Smith for The New York Times. AI systems could exacerbate the threat of “stakeholders bilking the system by subtly changing billing codes and other data in computer systems that track health care visits,” write Metz and Smith.
Writing for The Boston Globe Magazine, Andrew Nemethy chronicles the work of Prof. Maria Telkes, who was known as the “Sun Queen” and developed the first habitable building heated by the sun. Nemethy writes that “almost everything she did broke ground. As a prominent and outspoken female scientist, she defied stereotypes.”
Boston Globe reporters Ysabelle Kempe and Felice Freyer write that MIT is launching a new Down syndrome research center with a gift from the Alana Foundation. “I really want people with different conditions and different ability to feel they are not different, to feel that they belong, and to enhance their capability to interact and to enjoy life,” explains Prof. Li-Huei Tsai.