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Perplexity Plagiarized Our Story About How Perplexity Is a Bullshit Machine
Fri, 21 Jun 2024 17:22:51 +0000
Experts aren’t unanimous about whether the AI-powered search startup’s practices could expose it to legal claims ranging from infringement to defamation—but some say plaintiffs would have strong cases.
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My Memories Are Just Meta's Training Data Now
Fri, 21 Jun 2024 13:00:00 +0000
Meta’s plans to use personal content posted by Facebook and Instagram users to train algorithms suggest our digital histories are being repackaged to teach AI about—and how to mimic—humanity.
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We’re Still Waiting for the Next Big Leap in AI
Thu, 20 Jun 2024 14:00:00 +0000
Anthropic’s latest Claude AI model pulls ahead of rivals from OpenAI and Google. But advances in machine intelligence have lately been more incremental than revolutionary.
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Good Search Borrows, Great Search … Steals?
Thu, 20 Jun 2024 12:00:00 +0000
This week on Gadget Lab, we talk about how content on the open web is being used to train AI-powered search tools, and how content publishers are fighting to reverse this trend.
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Big Tech Is Giving Campaigns Both the Venom and the Antidote for GenAI
Thu, 20 Jun 2024 11:30:00 +0000
Microsoft and Google have taught dozens of political groups how to use generative AI tools like their Copilot and Gemini chatbots, but the situation is a little complicated.
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Neo-Nazis Are All-In on AI
Thu, 20 Jun 2024 09:00:00 +0000
Extremists are developing their own hateful AIs to supercharge radicalization and fundraising—and are now using the tech to make weapon blueprints and bombs. And it’s going to get worse.
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Europe Scrambles for Relevance in the Age of AI
Thu, 20 Jun 2024 06:00:00 +0000
With chatbot and AI development largely coming from the US, some EU entrepreneurs and politicians say local champions are needed to prevent a cultural flattening.
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Adobe Says It Won’t Train AI Using Artists’ Work. Creatives Aren’t Convinced
Wed, 19 Jun 2024 17:59:56 +0000
Adobe has issued new wording to explain how users’ content will be treated, after a backlash earlier this month from artists who believed their work will be used to train AI.
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Perplexity Is a Bullshit Machine
Wed, 19 Jun 2024 13:00:00 +0000
A WIRED investigation shows that the AI-powered search startup Forbes has accused of stealing its content is surreptitiously scraping—and making things up out of thin air.
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When Was the Last Time You Finished a Book? You Need an AI Reading Companion Like Me
Tue, 18 Jun 2024 09:00:00 +0000
Margaret Atwood, Marlon James, Lena Dunham, Garth Greenwell, Roxane Gay: We’ve all agreed to be turned into chatbots by a mysterious startup called Rebind. I report from the inside.
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Helping nonexperts build advanced generative AI models
Fri, 21 Jun 2024 15:00:00 -0400
MosaicML, co-founded by an MIT alumnus and a professor, made deep-learning models faster and more efficient. Its acquisition by Databricks broadened that mission.
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Eric Evans receives Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service
Thu, 20 Jun 2024 13:20:00 -0400
The award recognizes his contributions as director of MIT Lincoln Laboratory and as vice chair and chair of the Defense Science Board.
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MIT-Takeda Program wraps up with 16 publications, a patent, and nearly two dozen projects completed
Tue, 18 Jun 2024 14:20:00 -0400
The program focused on AI in health care, drawing on Takeda’s R&D experience in drug development and MIT’s deep expertise in AI.
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Researchers leverage shadows to model 3D scenes, including objects blocked from view
Tue, 18 Jun 2024 00:00:00 -0400
This technique could lead to safer autonomous vehicles, more efficient AR/VR headsets, or faster warehouse robots.
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Understanding the visual knowledge of language models
Mon, 17 Jun 2024 15:30:00 -0400
LLMs trained primarily on text can generate complex visual concepts through code with self-correction. Researchers used these illustrations to train an image-free computer vision system to recognize real photos.
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A smarter way to streamline drug discovery
Mon, 17 Jun 2024 05:00:00 -0400
The SPARROW algorithm automatically identifies the best molecules to test as potential new medicines, given the vast number of factors affecting each choice.
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Technique improves the reasoning capabilities of large language models
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 00:00:00 -0400
Combining natural language and programming, the method enables LLMs to solve numerical, analytical, and language-based tasks transparently.
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A creation story told through immersive technology
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 00:00:00 -0400
Multimedia artist Jackson 2bears reimagines the Haudenosaunee longhouse and creation story.
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Symposium highlights scale of mental health crisis and novel methods of diagnosis and treatment
Wed, 12 Jun 2024 12:20:00 -0400
Co-hosted by the McGovern Institute, MIT Open Learning, and others, the symposium stressed emerging technologies in advancing understanding of mental health and neurological conditions.
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Researchers use large language models to help robots navigate
Wed, 12 Jun 2024 00:00:00 -0400
The method uses language-based inputs instead of costly visual data to direct a robot through a multistep navigation task.
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Making climate models relevant for local decision-makers
Tue, 11 Jun 2024 14:30:00 -0400
A new downscaling method leverages machine learning to speed up climate model simulations at finer resolutions, making them usable on local levels.
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New algorithm discovers language just by watching videos
Tue, 11 Jun 2024 14:10:00 -0400
DenseAV, developed at MIT, learns to parse and understand the meaning of language just by watching videos of people talking, with potential applications in multimedia search, language learning, and robotics.
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New computer vision method helps speed up screening of electronic materials
Tue, 11 Jun 2024 05:00:00 -0400
The technique characterizes a material’s electronic properties 85 times faster than conventional methods.
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A data-driven approach to making better choices
Thu, 06 Jun 2024 16:45:00 -0400
In the new economics course 14.163 (Algorithms and Behavioral Science), students investigate the deployment of machine-learning tools and their potential to understand people, reduce bias, and improve society.
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Mouth-based touchpad enables people living with paralysis to interact with computers
Wed, 05 Jun 2024 15:45:00 -0400
The startup Augmental allows users to operate phones and other devices using their tongue, mouth, and head gestures.
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A technique for more effective multipurpose robots
Mon, 03 Jun 2024 00:00:00 -0400
With generative AI models, researchers combined robotics data from different sources to help robots learn better.
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Looking for a specific action in a video? This AI-based method can find it for you
Wed, 29 May 2024 00:00:00 -0400
A new approach could streamline virtual training processes or aid clinicians in reviewing diagnostic videos.
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Controlled diffusion model can change material properties in images
Tue, 28 May 2024 15:30:00 -0400
“Alchemist” system adjusts the material attributes of specific objects within images to potentially modify video game models to fit different environments, fine-tune VFX, and diversify robotic training.
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School of Engineering welcomes new faculty
Thu, 23 May 2024 14:35:00 -0400
Fifteen new faculty members join six of the school’s academic departments.
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A community collaboration for progress
Wed, 22 May 2024 16:30:00 -0400
Graduate student Nolen Scruggs works with a local tenant association to address housing inequality as part of the MIT Initiative on Combatting Systemic Racism.
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2024 MAD Design Fellows announced
Tue, 21 May 2024 15:40:00 -0400
The 10 Design Fellows are MIT graduate students working at the intersection of design and multiple disciplines across the Institute.
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Scientists use generative AI to answer complex questions in physics
Thu, 16 May 2024 00:00:00 -0400
A new technique that can automatically classify phases of physical systems could help scientists investigate novel materials.
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Using ideas from game theory to improve the reliability of language models
Tue, 14 May 2024 11:30:00 -0400
A new “consensus game,” developed by MIT CSAIL researchers, elevates AI’s text comprehension and generation skills.
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The power of App Inventor: Democratizing possibilities for mobile applications
Fri, 10 May 2024 14:45:00 -0400
More than a decade since its launch, App Inventor recently hosted its 100 millionth project and registered its 20 millionth user. Now hosted by MIT, the app also supports experimenting with AI.
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A better way to control shape-shifting soft robots
Fri, 10 May 2024 00:00:00 -0400
A new algorithm learns to squish, bend, or stretch a robot’s entire body to accomplish diverse tasks like avoiding obstacles or retrieving items.
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From steel engineering to ovarian tumor research
Fri, 10 May 2024 00:00:00 -0400
Ashutosh Kumar, a materials science and engineering PhD student and MathWorks Fellow, applies his eclectic skills to studying the relationship between bacteria and cancer.
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President Sally Kornbluth and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman discuss the future of AI
Mon, 06 May 2024 10:15:00 -0400
The conversation in Kresge Auditorium touched on the promise and perils of the rapidly evolving technology.
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Creating bespoke programming languages for efficient visual AI systems
Fri, 03 May 2024 16:10:00 -0400
Associate Professor Jonathan Ragan-Kelley optimizes how computer graphics and images are processed for the hardware of today and tomorrow.
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HPI-MIT design research collaboration creates powerful teams
Fri, 03 May 2024 16:00:00 -0400
Together, the Hasso Plattner Institute and MIT are working toward novel solutions to the world’s problems as part of the Designing for Sustainability research program.
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Exploring frontiers of mechanical engineering
Fri, 03 May 2024 13:50:00 -0400
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering grad students are undertaking a broad range of innovative research projects.
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Natural language boosts LLM performance in coding, planning, and robotics
Wed, 01 May 2024 16:00:00 -0400
Three neurosymbolic methods help language models find better abstractions within natural language, then use those representations to execute complex tasks.
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An AI dataset carves new paths to tornado detection
Mon, 29 Apr 2024 13:55:00 -0400
TorNet, a public artificial intelligence dataset, could help models reveal when and why tornadoes form, improving forecasters' ability to issue warnings.
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MIT faculty, instructors, students experiment with generative AI in teaching and learning
Mon, 29 Apr 2024 13:20:00 -0400
At MIT’s Festival of Learning 2024, panelists stressed the importance of developing critical thinking skills while leveraging technologies like generative AI.
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Julie Shah named head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Mon, 29 Apr 2024 13:00:00 -0400
An expert in robotics and AI, Shah succeeds Steven Barrett at AeroAstro.
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Mapping the brain pathways of visual memorability
Tue, 23 Apr 2024 16:35:00 -0400
For the first time, researchers use a combination of MEG and fMRI to map the spatio-temporal human brain dynamics of a visual image being recognized.
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This tiny chip can safeguard user data while enabling efficient computing on a smartphone
Tue, 23 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0400
Researchers have developed a security solution for power-hungry AI models that offers protection against two common attacks.
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To build a better AI helper, start by modeling the irrational behavior of humans
Fri, 19 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0400
A new technique can be used to predict the actions of human or AI agents who behave suboptimally while working toward unknown goals.
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Using deep learning to image the Earth’s planetary boundary layer
Thu, 18 Apr 2024 15:00:00 -0400
Lincoln Laboratory researchers are using AI to get a better picture of the atmospheric layer closest to Earth's surface. Their techniques could improve weather and drought prediction.
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Advancing technology for aquaculture
Thu, 18 Apr 2024 15:00:00 -0400
MIT Sea Grant students apply machine learning to support local aquaculture hatcheries.
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3 Questions: Enhancing last-mile logistics with machine learning
Tue, 16 Apr 2024 15:00:00 -0400
MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics Director Matthias Winkenbach uses AI to make vehicle routing more efficient and adaptable for unexpected events.
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A crossroads for computing at MIT
Thu, 11 Apr 2024 15:30:00 -0400
The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing building will form a new cluster of connectivity across a spectrum of disciplines in computing and artificial intelligence.
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New AI method captures uncertainty in medical images
Thu, 11 Apr 2024 11:00:00 -0400
By providing plausible label maps for one medical image, the Tyche machine-learning model could help clinicians and researchers capture crucial information.
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A faster, better way to prevent an AI chatbot from giving toxic responses
Wed, 10 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0400
Researchers create a curious machine-learning model that finds a wider variety of prompts for training a chatbot to avoid hateful or harmful output.
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Extracting hydrogen from rocks
Mon, 08 Apr 2024 17:00:00 -0400
Iwnetim Abate aims to stimulate natural hydrogen production underground, potentially unearthing a new path to a cheap, carbon-free energy source.
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When an antibiotic fails: MIT scientists are using AI to target “sleeper” bacteria
Mon, 08 Apr 2024 14:00:00 -0400
Most antibiotics target metabolically active bacteria, but with artificial intelligence, researchers can efficiently screen compounds that are lethal to dormant microbes.
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A new computational technique could make it easier to engineer useful proteins
Wed, 03 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0400
MIT researchers plan to search for proteins that could be used to measure electrical activity in the brain.
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Does technology help or hurt employment?
Mon, 01 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0400
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.
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Most work is new work, long-term study of U.S. census data shows
Mon, 01 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0400
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.
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Second round of seed grants awarded to MIT scholars studying the impact and applications of generative AI
Thu, 28 Mar 2024 12:00:00 -0400
The 16 finalists — representing every school at MIT — will explore generative AI’s impact on privacy, art, drug discovery, aging, and more.
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MIT-derived algorithm helps forecast the frequency of extreme weather
Tue, 26 Mar 2024 09:00:00 -0400
The new approach “nudges” existing climate simulations closer to future reality.
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