Most work is new work, long-term study of U.S. census data shows

The majority of U.S. jobs are in occupations that have emerged since 1940, MIT research finds — telling us much about the ways jobs are created and lost.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
April 1, 2024 ~9 min

Does technology help or hurt employment?

Combing through 35,000 job categories in U.S. census data, economists found a new way to quantify technology’s effects on job loss and creation.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
April 1, 2024 ~8 min

Researchers create “The Consensus Game” to elevate AI’s text comprehension and generation skills

MIT CSAIL researchers are using ideas from game theory to improve the reliability of language generation in language models.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
March 29, 2024 ~8 min

Second round of seed grants awarded to MIT scholars studying the impact and applications of generative AI

The 16 finalists — representing every school at MIT — will explore generative AI’s impact on privacy, art, drug discovery, aging, and more.

Mary Beth Gallagher | School of Engineering • mit
March 28, 2024 ~4 min

Is it the school, or the students?

Study shows perceptions of “good” schools are heavily dependent on the preparation of the students entering them.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
March 28, 2024 ~7 min

New software enables blind and low-vision users to create interactive, accessible charts

Screen-reader users can upload a dataset and create customized data representations that combine visualization, textual description, and sonification.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
March 27, 2024 ~8 min

Buying affordable ethical chocolate is almost impossible – but some firms are offering the next best thing

What makes a good egg? The ethics of chocolate is complicated and often hard to decipher with confusing marketing claims on some product packaging.

Michael Rogerson, Lecturer in Operations Management, University of Sussex • conversation
March 25, 2024 ~8 min

Large language models use a surprisingly simple mechanism to retrieve some stored knowledge

Researchers demonstrate a technique that can be used to probe a model to see what it knows about new subjects.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
March 25, 2024 ~8 min

Engineering household robots to have a little common sense

With help from a large language model, MIT engineers enabled robots to self-correct after missteps and carry on with their chores.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
March 25, 2024 ~8 min

Understanding the impacts of mining on local environments and communities

Extractive industries threaten water, glaciers, and livelihoods, but new research offers hope.

Carolyn Blais | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab • mit
March 21, 2024 ~18 min