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Michael Bloomberg's education 'reforms' would be a disaster for public schools

Like Trump, Bloomberg is a fervent backer of privatizing and dismantling public schools across the countryNominating Michael Bloomberg would be a disaster for public schools – and for the Democrats’ chances at beating Donald Trump in 2020. Because when it comes to education policy, it is virtually impossible to tell the two billionaire politicians apart.Like Trump and his inept Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, Bloomberg is a fervent backer of privatizing and dismantling public schools across ...
Tags: News, New York City, Bloomberg, Mit, New York Times, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Democratic, Mike, National Rifle Association, UFT, Trump Bloomberg, DeVos


The Boeing 737 Max crashes have revived decades-old fears about what happens when airplane computers become more powerful than pilots

Automation in planes — taking control of flight systems away from pilots and putting it in the hands of machines — has steadily increased in recent decades.   Two crashes involving Boeing's 737 Max that killed 346 people were both attributed largely to MCAS, the plane's automated system designed to keep it level in the sky. Business Insider spoke to aviation experts and former plane safety officials about automation in aviation, many of whom noted that they had longstanding concerns about incr...
Tags: New York, Congress, Indonesia, US, Trends, Mit, Ethiopia, Airbus, Airlines, Faa, Boeing, US Air Force, Federal Aviation Administration, Max, University Of Southern California, American Airlines


These serial entrepreneurs sold startups to Oracle and Dropbox. Pilot's CEO explains why their latest effort, backed by Stripe, is the most innovative idea yet.

Pilot co-founders Waseem Daher, Jeff Arnold and Jessica McKellar are serial entrepreneurs with a gift for spotting and developing disruptive ideas into valuable startups. But the trio, who sold their previous two startups to Oracle and Dropbox, believe they are onto their most innovative idea yet: revolutionizing back-end office solutions, beginning with bookkeeping.  This week, the three-year-old company announced three new products that build on its bookeeping software, to offer tax credit s...
Tags: Trends, Mit, Oracle, Index Ventures, Goldberg, Daher, Mark Goldberg, Jessica McKellar, Waseem Daher, Waseem Daher Jeff Arnold


Seeding oceans with iron may not impact climate change

A new MIT study suggests that iron fertilization may not have a significant impact on phytoplankton growth, at least on a global scale.
Tags: Science, Mit


2 new ways to find aliens, according to a Nobel Prize winner

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek thinks we are not searching for aliens correctly.Instead of sending out and listening for signals, he proposes two new methods of looking for extraterrestrials.Spotting anomalies in planet temperature and atmosphere could yield clues of alien life, says the physicist. For noted theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek, finding aliens is a matter of figuring out what exactly we are looking for. To detect other space civilizations, we need to search for t...
Tags: Energy, Space, Elon Musk, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Aliens, Mars, Dyson, Extraterrestrial Life, Telescopes, Cosmos, Frank Wilczek


MIT's "Smart Diaper" alerts caregiver when it's wet

MIT researchers outfitted a baby diaper with an RFID tag that emits a wireless signal when the surrounding material gets wet. The wetness "sensor" is actually a type of hydrogel that's commonly found in diapers to absorb liquid. As the hydrogel gets wet, it swells and its conductivity increases, triggering the RFID tag. The RFID tags are printed as stickers for around 2 cents each compared to other Internet-connected diapers in development with reusable sensors that cost as much as $40/each. F...
Tags: Internet Of Things, Post, News, Babies, Mit, Sensors, Rfid, Diapers, NC ND, Pankhuri Sen


MIT's "Smart Diaper" alerts caregiver when its wet

MIT researchers outfitted a baby diaper with an RFID tag that emits a wireless signal when the surrounding material gets wet. The wetness "sensor" is actually a type of hydrogel that's commonly found in diapers to absorb liquid. As the hydrogel gets wet, it swells and its conductivity increases, triggering the RFID tag. The RFID tags are printed as stickers for around 2 cents each compared to other Internet-connected diapers in development with reusable sensors that cost as much as $40/each. F...
Tags: Internet Of Things, Post, News, Babies, Mit, Sensors, Rfid, Diapers, NC ND, Pankhuri Sen


Is tech socialism really on the rise?

Greg Epstein Contributor Share on Twitter Greg M. Epstein is the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and MIT, and the author of The New York Times bestselling book "Good Without God." Described as a “godfather to the [humanist] movement” by The New York Times Magazine in recognition of his efforts to build inclusive, inspiring and ethical communities for the nonreligious and allies, Greg was also named “one of the top faith and moral leaders...
Tags: Column, Elizabeth Warren, San Francisco, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Disability, Harvard, United States, New York Times, Salesforce, New York Times Magazine, Bernie Sanders, Americans with Disabilities Act, Marc Benioff, Justin Kan


This Week in Apps: YouTube TV cancels Apple’s rev share, more bad news for mobile voting, WhatsApp hits 2B users

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s recently released “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Microsoft, Youtube, Washington, Tech, Mit, Netflix, Iowa, Sony, App-store, App Annie, Voatz, YouTube TV


‘Capitalism generates a lot of wealth depending on the situation’

Greg Epstein Contributor Share on Twitter Greg M. Epstein is the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and MIT, and the author of The New York Times bestselling book "Good Without God." Described as a “godfather to the [humanist] movement” by The New York Times Magazine in recognition of his efforts to build inclusive, inspiring and ethical communities for the nonreligious and allies, Greg was also named “one of the top faith and moral leaders...
Tags: Travel, Column, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Harvard, United States, Ethics, New York Times, The Guardian, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, New York Times Magazine, Bernie Sanders, Americans with Disabilities Act, Justin Kan


Architecture software startups are looking to disrupt the design process with VR and machine learning — industry insiders say these are the 15 startups to watch

Architecture, unlike it's counterparty industry, construction, has decisively become a digital industry, with almost all design taking place within popular software platforms like AutoCAD.  With the advent of virtual reality, machine-learning programs that can generate designs algorithmically, and the widespread popularity of cloud-based collaboration tools, tech continues to have drastic effects on architecture. We polled a range of architects, designers, and venture capitalists to create a l...
Tags: Accelerator, UK, New York, Pinterest, Minnesota, Germany, Boston, New York City, US, Trends, Mit, Netflix, Delta, Autodesk, Bmw, Crunchbase


Architecture software startups are looking to disrupt the design process — insiders say these are the 15 hottest names to watch

Architecture, unlike it's counterparty industry, construction, has decisively become a digital industry, with almost all design taking place within popular software platforms like AutoCAD.  With the advent of virtual reality, machine-learning programs that can generate designs algorithmically, and the widespread popularity of cloud-based collaboration tools, tech continues to have drastic effects on architecture. We polled a range of architects, designers, and venture capitalists to create a l...
Tags: Accelerator, UK, New York, Pinterest, Minnesota, Germany, Boston, New York City, US, Trends, Mit, Netflix, Delta, Autodesk, Bmw, Crunchbase


Low-cost 'smart' diaper can notify caregiver when it's wet

MIT researchers have developed a "smart" diaper embedded with a moisture sensor that can alert a caregiver when a diaper is wet. When the sensor detects dampness in the diaper, it sends a signal to a nearby receiver, which in turn can send a notification to a smartphone or computer.
Tags: Science, Mit


Voatz of no confidence: MIT boffins eviscerate US election app, claim fiends could exploit flaws to derail democracy

Shoddy code allegations are just FUD, software maker insists Only a week after the mobile app meltdown in Iowa's Democratic Caucus, computer scientists at MIT have revealed their analysis of the Voatz app used in West Virginia's 2018 midterm election.…
Tags: US, West Virginia, Mit, Software, Iowa, Democratic Caucus, Voatz


Researchers say Voatz voting app has big security flaws, 4 states using it for 2020 elections anyway

Researchers at MIT say the voting app Voatz, which is being used by at least 4 states in the 2020 elections, has major security flaws that could allow an attacker to intercept and alter votes, while making voters think their votes have been cast correctly, or trick the votes server into accepting connections from an attacker. on Voatz. Excerpt from Kim Zetter's reporting for VICE: An attacker would also be able to alter the user’s vote and trick the user into believing their vote was tr...
Tags: Security, Post, Politics, Elections, Voting, News, US, US news, Dhs, Mit, Hacking, 2020, Hackers, National Security, Qualys, NDA


MIT showcases soft robotic sensors made from flexible, off-the-shelf materials

A team at MIT’s CSAIL demonstrated a new kind of “skin” designed to bring a sense of touch and place to soft robotic arms. The findings, which debuted in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters this week, find the researchers covering a soft robotic “trunk” in flexible sensors made from material used for “electromagnetic interference shielding.”   The usually rigid material was reconfigured into a “kirigami” configuration, lasercut and reassembled into chain linked rows, so it can be stretch...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Mit, Robotics, Csail, Soft Robotics, Daniela Rus, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters


‘Sensorized’ skin helps robots understand where the hell they are

Clumsy robots have been offered hope of improving their coordination after MIT researchers found a new way to help them find their bearings. The system gives soft robots a greater awareness of their movements by analysing motion and position data through a ‘sensorized’ skin. It works by collecting feedback from sensors on the robot‘s body. A deep learning model then analyses the data to estimate the robot‘s 3D configuration. [Read: Scientists used stem cells to create a new life-form: Organic ro...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Neural


MIT Researchers Disclose Vulnerabilities in Voatz Mobile Voting Election App

Academics from MIT's computer science laboratory have published a security audit today of Voatz, a mobile app used for online voting during the 2018 US midterm elections and scheduled to be used again in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. From a report: MIT academics claim they identified bugs that could allow hackers to "alter, stop, or expose how an individual user has voted." "We additionally find that Voatz has a number of privacy issues stemming from their use of third party services ...
Tags: US, Tech, Mit, Voatz, James Koppel


Scientists discover how to use time crystals to power superconductors

A team of scientists proposes using time crystals to power topological superconductors.The approach could lead to error-free quantum computers.Time crystals appear to break laws of physics. The concept of time crystals comes from the realm of counterintuitive mind-melding physics ideas that may actually turn out to have real-world applications. Now comes news that a paper proposes merging time crystals with topological superconductors for applications in error-free quantum computing, extremel...
Tags: Space, Israel, Time, Nasa, Mit, Computers, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Quantum Computing, Caltech, California Institute of Technology Caltech, Weizmann Institute, Frank Wilczek, Majorana, Alicea


MIT’s latest artificial intelligence can rewrite outdated Wikipedia pages

Researchers at MIT created a system that scans Wikipedia and replaces outdated text with the latest information.
Tags: News, Wikipedia, Trends, Web, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Academic Research, Emerging Tech, Fake News


LA County’s blue Assembly districts have a fighting chance to stay that way

By Kat Schuster, contributing writer In 2018, Democrats were able to paint every congressional seat in Orange County blue. LA County was looking similar. And now that the party holds the supermajority in the California Assembly, they’ll be gunning for the GOP’s remaining legislative seats in the upcoming election March 3. Of the 24 Assembly districts within and overlapping LA County, only two districts have a Republican sitting in a legislative seat. If the GOP is at all divided on where they st...
Tags: Motorola, Hollywood, Congress, California, Sport, Mit, Harvard, Soccer, Democrats, Gop, Glendale, Commerce, Harvey Weinstein, Dubai, Long Beach, El Salvador


All the companies and divisions under Google's parent company, Alphabet, which just made yet another shake-up to its structure (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google reorganized to become Alphabet in 2015, but the way the company is structured is still rather confusing. Alphabet is organized in two parts: Google and "Other Bets," which each house the various other parts of the company's business. Here's a breakdown of all the divisions under Alphabet.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's been more than four years since Google blew up its entire corporate structure to form a new parent company: Alphabet. The shake-up was intende...
Tags: Google, Motorola, Microsoft, New York City, Toronto, Trends, Mit, Larry Page, Hawaii, Sergey Brin, Project Loon, Atap, Susan Wojcicki, Tony Fadell, Kansas City, Sundar Pichai


Half of US deaths related to air pollution are linked to out-of-state emissions

More than half of all air-quality-related early deaths in the United States are a result of emissions originating outside of the state in which those deaths occur, MIT researchers report in the journal Nature.
Tags: Science, US, Mit, United States


Automated system can rewrite outdated sentences in Wikipedia articles

A system created by MIT researchers could be used to automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles, reducing time and effort spent by human editors who now do the task manually.
Tags: Science, Wikipedia, Mit


The Future of Space Food

MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative focuses on all kinds of research and preparation for “the day when humanity becomes a space-native civilization, as comfortable in the cosmos as we have been on Earth.” The team (made up of 50+ graduate students, staff, scientists, designers, and engineers) works on countless aspects of space travel, but hones in on two central topics: boredom and food. These …
Tags: Health, Food, Cooking, Space, Science, Design, Nasa, Mit, Space Travel, Mars, Food + Drink, Linkaboutit, MIT Media Lab, Space Food


Design Job: Dyeing For a New Job? Join the Team at Indigo Technologies as an Industrial Designer in Cambridge, MA

Indigo Technologies seeks an Industrial Designer to join Indigo’s multidisciplinary Vehicle Design Team, and contribute to the design and fabrication of advanced vehicles that leverage Indigo’s suite of cutting edge mobility technologies. The Indigo team is small, nimble and flexible; curiosity, collaboration, quick-learning, personal organization and time management are essential characteristics, and we seek candidates who exhibit these values. Indigo Technologies, Inc. is a Cambridge, MA-bas...
Tags: Design, Jobs, Mit, Cambridge, Cambridge MA, Indigo Technologies, Indigo Technologies Inc, Ian Hunter Indigo


Harvard Students Again Show 'Anonymized' Data Isn't Really Anonymous (techdirt)

As companies and governments increasingly hoover up our personal data, a common refrain to keep people from worrying is the claim that nothing can go wrong because the data itself is "anonymized" -- or stripped of personal identifiers like social security numbers. But time and time again, studies have shown how this really is cold comfort, given it takes only a little effort to pretty quickly identify a person based on access to other data sets. Yet most companies, many privacy policy folk, and ...
Tags: UK, News, Mit, Harvard, Motherboard, Karl Bode, Dasha Metropolitansky, Harvard Students Again Show Anonymized Data Isn, Metropolitansky


Software that Swaps Out Words Can Now Fool the AI Behind Alexa and Siri

Software called TextFooler can trick natural-language processing (NLP) systems into misunderstanding text just by replacing certain words in a sentence with synonyms. From a report: In tests, it was able to drop the accuracy of three state-of-the-art NLP systems dramatically. For example, Google's powerful BERT neural net was worse by a factor of five to seven at identifying whether reviews on Yelp were positive or negative. The software, developed by a team at MIT, looks for the words in a sent...
Tags: Google, Siri, Tech, Mit, Alexa, NLP


Escape cheap trip planning contest

Are you that friend who’s always sending texts peer-pressuring your friends to jump on $250 flights to Thailand? Are you the person on the airplane smugly smiling to yourself because you know you paid less than the poor sucker sitting next to you? When you saw this tool from MIT that shows you the cheapest flights from your home airport, did you bookmark it immediately and use it as your cheap-flight bible? Okay, champion of cheap vacations. Let’s see how good your budget travel planning ski...
Tags: Travel, Mit, Thailand, Antarctica, Contests, Cheap Flights, Escape, All, Cheap Deals, Cheap Trips


Robot blocks leap, roll and climb to work together

Researchers at MIT have developed robots that can self-assemble to form various structures.
Tags: Tech, Mit