Artificial Intelligence

President Reif: We must build a future in which technology works for everyone In an op-ed published today in The Boston Globe, MIT President L. Rafael Reif has urged those at the vanguard of the technology revolution to help lead the way in ensuring that automation in the workplace has a positive impact ...
Summit discusses impact of machines on jobs, productivity, and the global economy This week MIT hosted a summit on “AI and the Future of Work”, focused on helping industry, government, and the workforce navigate the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence and automation.
Hosted by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory ...
Artificial intelligence aids materials fabrication In recent years, research efforts such as the Materials Genome Initiative and the Materials Project have produced a wealth of computational tools for designing new materials useful for a range of applications, from energy and electronics to aeronautics and civil ...
Faster big-data analysis We live in the age of big data, but most of that data is “sparse.” Imagine, for instance, a massive table that mapped all of Amazon’s customers against all of its products, with a “1” for each product a given ...
Crowdsourcing big-data analysis In the analysis of big data sets, the first step is usually the identification of “features” — data points with particular predictive power or analytic utility. Choosing features usually requires some human intuition. For instance, a sales database might contain ...
Can artificial intelligence learn to scare us? Just in time for Halloween, a research team from the MIT Media Lab’s Scalable Cooperation group has introduced Shelley: the world’s first artificial intelligence-human horror story collaboration.
Shelley, named for English writer Mary Shelley — best known as the author of ...
Selective memory In a traditional computer, a microprocessor is mounted on a “package,” a small circuit board with a grid of electrical leads on its bottom. The package snaps into the computer’s motherboard, and data travels between the processor and the computer’s ...
How we determine who’s to blame
How do people assign a cause to events they witness? Some philosophers have suggested that people determine responsibility for a particular outcome by imagining what would have happened if a suspected cause had not intervened.
This kind of reasoning, known ...
Using artificial intelligence to improve early breast cancer detection Every year 40,000 women die from breast cancer in the U.S. alone. When cancers are found early, they can often be cured. Mammograms are the best test available, but they’re still imperfect and often result in false positive results that ...
Tailbot Shows Off Midair Skills
UC Berkeley researchers have demonstrated how an active tail can help a robot control pitch during falls and jumps. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/uc-berkeley-tailbot-robot-with-tail-shows-off-more-midair-skills
How Lizards, Robots Use Tails To Be More Agile
UC Berkeley researchers have demonstrated how an active tail can help lizards (and robots) control pitch during jumps and falls. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/dinosaurlike-tails-make-terrestrial-mobile-robots-more-agile
Wireless Headband to Detect Smiling, Frowning
University of Tsukuba AI Lab researchers are using a wireless headband that detects smiles and frowns to coach robots how to do tasks. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/using-smiles-and-frowns-to-teach-robots-how-to-behave
Robot comedian performs
Robotic stand-up comedian Data and its creator Heather Knight performing at the Robot Film Festival in New York City, July 16, 2011. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/robot-film-festival-watch-all-the-films
Robot Helps You Put Your Shirt On
Researchers at Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan have developed a robot that can assist the elderly or people with limited arm movement to put on a shirt. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/medical-robots/robot-helps-you-put-your-shirt-on