MIT News: MIT researchers use quantum computing to observe entanglement

MIT News: MIT researchers use quantum computing to observe entanglement. “For the first time, researchers at MIT, Caltech, Harvard University, and elsewhere sent quantum information across a quantum system in what could be understood as traversing a wormhole. Though this experiment didn’t create a disruption of physical space and time in the way we might understand the term ‘wormhole’ from science fiction, calculations from the experiment showed that qubits traveled from one system of entangled particles to another in a model of gravity.”

MIT News: A faster way to preserve privacy online

MIT News: A faster way to preserve privacy online. “MIT researchers have now developed a scheme for private information retrieval that is about 30 times faster than other comparable methods. Their technique enables a user to search an online database without revealing their query to the server. Moreover, it is driven by a simple algorithm that would be easier to implement than the more complicated approaches from previous work.”

Analytics India: MIT Startup Introduces Synthetic Data Metric To Evaluate Synthetic Data

Analytics India: MIT Startup Introduces Synthetic Data Metric To Evaluate Synthetic Data. “AI laboratory DataCebo, an MIT startup introduces Synthetic DataMetrics, a new tool, for companies to compare synthetic data to real-world data sets. Synthetic Data Metrics is an open-source Python library that defines metrics for synthetic data and works across different types of tabular data for evaluating data statistics, efficiency, and privacy.”

MIT News: Researchers release open-source photorealistic simulator for autonomous driving

MIT News: Researchers release open-source photorealistic simulator for autonomous driving. “…scientists from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) created ‘VISTA 2.0,’ a data-driven simulation engine where vehicles can learn to drive in the real world and recover from near-crash scenarios. What’s more, all of the code is being open-sourced to the public.”

MIT News: Technique protects privacy when making online recommendations

MIT News: Technique protects privacy when making online recommendations. “Algorithms recommend products while we shop online or suggest songs we might like as we listen to music on streaming apps. These algorithms work by using personal information like our past purchases and browsing history to generate tailored recommendations. The sensitive nature of such data makes preserving privacy extremely important, but existing methods for solving this problem rely on heavy cryptographic tools requiring enormous amounts of computation and bandwidth. MIT researchers may have a better solution.”

e-flux Announcements: New website and digital archive

e-flux Announcements: New website and digital archive. “The MIT List Visual Arts Center is thrilled to unveil a refreshed brand identity and a new website housing a robust digital archive with materials dating back to our opening in 1985 and designed with the best practices in web accessibility for the visual arts. This priority is best exemplified by the addition of our Exhibiting Artist Index where you can browse over 800 artists the List Center has presented since its founding in 1985.”

MIT News: Estimating the informativeness of data

MIT News: Estimating the informativeness of data. “Not all data are created equal. But how much information is any piece of data likely to contain? This question is central to medical testing, designing scientific experiments, and even to everyday human learning and thinking. MIT researchers have developed a new way to solve this problem, opening up new applications in medicine, scientific discovery, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence.”

MIT News: A tool for predicting the future

MIT News: A tool for predicting the future . “Making predictions using time-series data typically requires several data-processing steps and the use of complex machine-learning algorithms, which have such a steep learning curve they aren’t readily accessible to nonexperts. To make these powerful tools more user-friendly, MIT researchers developed a system that directly integrates prediction functionality on top of an existing time-series database. Their simplified interface, which they call tspDB (time series predict database), does all the complex modeling behind the scenes so a nonexpert can easily generate a prediction in only a few seconds.”

MIT News: Immersive video game explores the history of women at MIT

MIT News: Immersive video game explores the history of women at MIT. “A new video game, ‘A Lab of One’s Own,’ creates an immersive environment in which players discover archival materials that tell the stories of women from MIT’s history. Created by multimedia artists Mariana Roa Oliva and Maya Bjornson with collections from MIT Libraries’ Women@MIT archival initiative, the project aims to create a multi-sensory, choose-your-own-adventure-style experience that challenges the idea that the past is behind us.”

MIT News: MIT Libraries digitizes materials from Mary Rowe

MIT News: MIT Libraries digitizes materials from Mary Rowe. “Mary Rowe, former MIT ombudsperson, has donated professional papers to the MIT Libraries’ department of Distinctive Collections as part of the Women@MIT archival initiative, which highlights the contributions of women at the Institute by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible their personal archives. Rowe is a conflict management specialist whose work contributed to MIT having one of the world’s first anti-harassment policies and one of the first organizational ombuds offices. Important portions of her collection have now been digitized by the libraries, making the history of Rowe’s groundbreaking work more accessible.”

MIT News: MIT Press announces Grant Program for Diverse Voices

MIT News: MIT Press announces Grant Program for Diverse Voices. “The MIT Press welcomes applications from new or returning authors from diverse backgrounds. Candidates who have significant personal experience or engagement with communities that are underrepresented in scholarly publishing are strongly encouraged to apply. Grants may support a variety of needs, including research travel, copyright permission fees, parental/family care, developmental editing, and any other costs associated with the research and writing process. Grantees agree to give MITP the right of first refusal on book projects.”

MIT News: How quickly do algorithms improve?

MIT News: How quickly do algorithms improve?. “In total, the team looked at 113 ‘algorithm families,’ sets of algorithms solving the same problem that had been highlighted as most important by computer science textbooks. For each of the 113, the team reconstructed its history, tracking each time a new algorithm was proposed for the problem and making special note of those that were more efficient. Ranging in performance and separated by decades, starting from the 1940s to now, the team found an average of eight algorithms per family, of which a couple improved its efficiency. To share this assembled database of knowledge, the team also created Algorithm-Wiki.org.”

MIT News: A universal system for decoding any type of data sent across a network

MIT News: A universal system for decoding any type of data sent across a network. “Researchers at MIT, Boston University, and Maynooth University in Ireland have now created the first silicon chip that is able to decode any code, regardless of its structure, with maximum accuracy, using a universal decoding algorithm called Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding (GRAND). By eliminating the need for multiple, computationally complex decoders, GRAND enables increased efficiency that could have applications in augmented and virtual reality, gaming, 5G networks, and connected devices that rely on processing a high volume of data with minimal delay.”