Daron Acemoglu and Fotini Christia on stage in front of projected screen that says“Power and Progress”.

Who will benefit from AI?
MIT News | October 2, 2023

In a campus talk moderated by IDSS Associate Director Fotini Christia, Daron Acemoglu offers vision of “machine usefulness,” rather than autonomous “intelligence,” to help workers and spread prosperity.


A more effective experimental design for engineering a cell into a new state
MIT News Office | October 2, 2023

By focusing on causal relationships in genome regulation, a new AI method from researchers including IDSS core faculty Caroline Uhler could help scientists identify new immunotherapy techniques or regenerative therapies.

Richard Larson and his golden retriever

Learning how to learn
October 2, 2023

In his new book 'Model Thinking for Everyday Life,' Dick Larson draws on a lifelong commitment to STEM education at MIT to offer accessible advice on solving everyday problems and making smarter decisions.

Portraits of the nine visiting MLK professors and scholars

MIT welcomes nine MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars for 2023-24
MIT News Office | September 29, 2023

Tawanna Dillahunt from the University of Michigan will be jointly hosted by IDSS and Urban Studies and Planning, with research that focuses on equitable and inclusive computing.

Asu Ozdaglar

Computing at MIT: A Q&A with Professor Asu Ozdaglar SM ’98, PhD ’03
Slice of MIT | September 26, 2023

The EECS department head, IDSS core faculty member, and deputy dean of academics in the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing describes how new computing technologies are shaping the Institute and the world.

A skyline of smokestacks

Improving U.S. air quality, equitably
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | September 19, 2023

A new study by IDSS Interim Director Noelle Selin, TPP alum Paul Picciano, and SES alum Minghao Qiu finds that climate policy alone cannot meaningfully reduce racial/economic disparities in air pollution exposure.


MIT scholars awarded seed grants to probe the social implications of generative AI
MIT News Office | September 19, 2023

The 27 finalists include many IDSS faculty and research within the IDSS Initiative on Combatting Systemic Racism. 


New machine learning techniques boost predictions for virtual drug screening with less data
Broad Institute | September 18, 2023

Schmidt Center researchers including senior author and IDSS core faculty Caroline Uhler have found a way to improve kernel methods, which are a simpler alternative to neural networks, for biomedical applications. 


“Our future will be very dystopian”
Spiegel International | September 11, 2023

In an interview, IDSS core faculty Daron Acemoğlu dives into the question of whether Silicon Valley is plunging humanity into destitution.

A man releases smoke from a flare during a political protest against vaccine mandates

How to wage war on conspiracy theories
Politico | September 11, 2023

In his new book, IDSS affiliate Adam Berinsky examines attitudes toward both politics and health, which are undermined by distrust and misinformation in ways that cause harm to individuals and society.


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