How growth of the scientific enterprise influenced a century of quantum physics

In a new book, Professor David Kaiser describes dramatic shifts in the history of an evolving discipline.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
April 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: technology-and-society history physics books-and-authors quantum-mechanics history-of-science research program-in-sts school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

With lidar and artificial intelligence, road status clears up after a disaster

Automated tools can help emergency managers make decisions, plan routes, and quantify road damage at city scales.

Kylie Foy | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
April 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: lincoln-laboratory natural-disasters imaging sensors weather artificial-intelligence algorithms research disaster-response technology-and-society radar

Examining the social impact of Covid-19

Survey from the Saxe Lab aims to measure the toll of social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Julie Pryor | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
April 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: mcgovern-institute brain-and-cognitive-sciences school-of-science research covid-19 pandemic community psychology social-networks technology-and-society mental-health wellbeing

Safe Paths: A privacy-first approach to contact tracing

A multinational team develops new tools to slow the spread of pandemics.

MIT Media Lab • mit
April 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning privacy covid-19 pandemic apps research technology-and-society public-health





The elephant in the server room

Catherine D’Ignazio’s new book, “Data Feminism,” examines problems of bias and power that beset modern information.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: data women faculty research books-and-authors mit-press diversity-and-inclusion ethics technology-and-society artificial-intelligence machine-learning computer-science-and-technology urban-studies-and-planning school-of-architecture-and-planning

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