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MIT’s Center for Constructive Communication takes aim at the destructive nature of social media
MIT News Office | May 19, 2023

“With growing evidence that social media is weakening our social fabric and threatening our democracy, it’s critical that we find new ways forward,” says CCC Director and IDSS affiliate Deb Roy.

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How AI Will Change the Workplace
The Wall Street Journal | May 18, 2023

IDSS affiliate Stuart Madnick explores how artificial intelligence could make scamming easier and more dangerous.

Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson and the cover of their new book Power and Progress: Our 1000-year Struggle over Technology & Prosperity.

An AI challenge only humans can solve
MIT News Office | May 17, 2023

In their new book, “Power and Progress,” Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson ask whether the benefits of AI will be shared widely or feed inequality.

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A better way to study ocean currents
LIDS News | May 17, 2023

A new machine-learning model from researchers including IDSS affiliate Tamara Broderick makes more accurate predictions about ocean currents, which could help with tracking plastic pollution and oil spills, and aid in search and rescue.

Nirmal Bhatt and Graham Turk

Advocating for science budget and policy
MIT News Office | May 16, 2023

Mahmoud Ramadan (TPP ’23), a member of MIT’s Science Policy Initiative Executive Board, organized a trip to Capitol Hill to advocate for continued and increased federal support for scientific research. The delegation included TPP students Nirmal Bhatt, Amy Huynh, and Graham Turk.


Will robots and AI take our jobs?
CBS News Boston | May 16, 2023

IDSS affiliate Yossi Sheffi discusses his new book “The Magic Conveyor Belt,” and his research examining the potential impact of AI on the future of work.

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New research: Twitter bot detection tools aren’t very good
Fast Company | May 16, 2023

When is a bot not a bot? When it likes a tweet, according to a new paper by researchers including IDSS postdoc Zachary Schutzman that pokes holes in bot detection methodology.

David Gamarnik

David Gamarnik named IMS Fellow
May 15, 2023

Gamarnik received the award for contributions to discrete probability, including the theory of random graphs, algorithms and computations, as well as queueing theory.

Two iPads displaying a girl wearing a hijab seated on a plane are on either side of an image of a plane in flight.

In new VR, role-playing gives insight into racism // Axios
Axios | May 15, 2023

Axios lists “On the Plane,” developed by the Antiracism, Games, and Immersive Media vertical, as VR role-playing project that tackle issues such as racism and discrimination by encouraging empathy.

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Will artificial intelligence help — or hurt — medicine?
NPR | May 8, 2023

Assistant Professor Marzyeh Ghassemi examines how the increasing use of artificial intelligence could impact medical care.


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