How humans use objects in novel ways to solve problems

What's SSUP? The Sample, Simulate, Update cognitive model developed by MIT researchers learns to use tools like humans do.

Center for Brains, Minds and Machines • mit
Nov. 24, 2020 ~5 min

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Vibrations of coronavirus proteins may play a role in infection

Study suggests mechanical properties of spike proteins can predict infectivity and lethality of different coronaviruses.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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Testing sewage to home in on Covid-19

Letting an algorithm decide which maintenance holes to test for evidence of coronavirus could improve pandemic containment efforts.

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
Oct. 28, 2020 ~5 min

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Stressed on the job? An AI teammate may know how to help

Researchers are working toward intelligent machines that can sense cognitive fatigue and suggest interventions to help a human improve performance.

Kylie Foy | MIT Lincoln Laboratory • mit
Oct. 26, 2020 ~9 min

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Neural pathway crucial to successful rapid object recognition in primates

Recurrent processing via prefrontal cortex, necessary for quick visual object processing in primates, provides a key insight for developing brain-like artificial intelligence.

Alli Gold | School of Science • mit
Oct. 20, 2020 ~5 min

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