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Renewable energy and carbon pricing policies

Renewable energy and carbon pricing policies
MIT Energy Initiative News | November 27, 2019

TPP director Noelle Eckley Selin and Emil Dimanchev (TPP ’18) used linked economic and air pollution models to show how the cost of renewable energy policies that reduce air pollution can be more than offset by health care savings.

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Augmentation: the promise and possibility of human-machine collaboration
Boston Fed | November 26, 2019

AI designed to work with humans promises to improve job quality and productivity. Hear from researchers including Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu and IDSS postdoc Morgan Frank on augmentation’s design, challenges, and benefits.

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The panel, “Work of the Future Policy Levers: People, Places and Institutions,” which focused on how public policy can be shaped to help technology benefit society, included (from left): Daron Acemoglu, Michael Kratsios, Erik Brynjolfsson, Sarita Gupta, and Alastair Fitzpayne.

Preparing workers for the era of artificial intelligence
MIT News | November 22, 2019

Economist Daron Acemoglu joins a panel to explore how policy could improve outcomes for workers in the face of AI and automation.

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In lane-merging scenarios, a system developed at MIT could distinguish between altruistic and egoistic driving behavior.

Predicting people’s driving personalities
MIT News Office | November 20, 2019

Researchers including Sertac Karaman of LIDS have developed an algorithm integrating tools from social psychology to help autonomous vehicles predict the behaviors of human drivers.

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Majority of anti-vaccine ads on Facebook were funded by two groups
Washington Post | November 18, 2019

Research from IDSS alum David Broniatowski (TPP '06, ES '10) shows that 54 percent of the anti-vaccine ads on Facebook were funded by a group headed by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a California-based organization.

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LIDS student Enric Boix part of 2020 Siebel Scholar cohort
MIT News Office | November 18, 2019

Honored for their academic achievements, leadership, and commitments to addressing crucial global challenges, the MIT students are among 93 Siebel Scholars from 16 institutions in the US, China, France, Italy, and Japan.

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Valerie Karplus

Valerie Karplus receives Clean Energy Education & Empowerment award
US DOE | November 14, 2019

Karplus (TPP '08, ES '11), an assistant professor at MIT Sloan and "expert on China’s energy system," was recognized by the the U.S. Department of Energy for her leadership and achievements in clean energy education.

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Blockchain isn’t as unbreakable as you think
MIT Sloan Management Review | November 13, 2019

Before exploring ways to use blockchain in business, managers should know where its vulnerabilities lie, argues IDSS affiliate and MIT Sloan professor Stuart Madnick.

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Cathy Wu accepting her Best PhD Dissertation award at IEEE ITSS

Cathy Wu wins IEEE ITSS Best PhD Dissertation Award
November 12, 2019

Wu, a LIDS faculty member who shares an appointment with IDSS and Civil and Environmental Engineering, was awarded first prize for her dissertation 'Learning and Optimization for Mixed Autonomy Systems - A Mobility Context.'

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There are more than 20,000 pieces of debris larger than a softball orbiting the Earth.

Sustainability rating for space could help keep junk out of the sky
Living Lab Radio on WCAI | November 12, 2019

Space should be treated like a world heritage site argues Danielle Wood (TPP '08), who leads the Space Enabled Research Group at the M.I.T. Media Lab.

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