Living better with algorithms | MIT News

Linda D. Garrow

Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) student Sarah Cen remembers the lecture that sent her down the track to an upstream question. At a talk on ethical artificial intelligence, the speaker brought up a variation on the famous trolley problem, which outlines a philosophical choice between two undesirable outcomes. […]

MIT engineers introduce the Oreometer | MIT News

Linda D. Garrow

When you twist open an Oreo cookie to get to the creamy center, you’re mimicking a standard test in rheology — the study of how a non-Newtonian material flows when twisted, pressed, or otherwise stressed. MIT engineers have now subjected the sandwich cookie to rigorous materials tests to get to […]

Researchers develop a paper-thin loudspeaker | MIT News

Linda D. Garrow

MIT engineers have developed a paper-thin loudspeaker that can turn any surface into an active audio source. This thin-film loudspeaker produces sound with minimal distortion while using a fraction of the energy required by a traditional loudspeaker. The hand-sized loudspeaker the team demonstrated, which weighs about as much as a […]

2022 MacVicar Faculty Fellows named | MIT News

Linda D. Garrow

The Office of the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar’s Office have announced this year’s Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellows: professor of mechanical engineering Kenneth Kamrin; professor of electrical engineering and computer science Jeffrey Lang; professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences W. David McGee; and professor of chemistry Matthew Shoulders. For […]

A new language for quantum computing | MIT News

Linda D. Garrow

Time crystals. Microwaves. Diamonds. What do these three disparate things have in common?  Quantum computing. Unlike traditional computers that use bits, quantum computers use qubits to encode information as zeros or ones, or both at the same time. Coupled with a cocktail of forces from quantum physics, these refrigerator-sized machines […]