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How ‘credibility-enhancing displays’ can boost sales and drive people to action

How ‘credibility-enhancing displays’ can boost sales and drive people to action
MIT Sloan | February 7, 2019

Research from David Rand, an IDSS affiliate and associate professor of management science and brain and cognitive sciences at MIT Sloan, found that residents were far more likely to purchase solar panels when approached by solar ambassadors who had already installed them on their own houses.

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A new study co-authored by David Rand shows that crowdsourced judgments about the quality of news sources may effectively marginalize false news stories and other kinds of online misinformation.

Want to squelch fake news? Let the readers take charge
MIT News Office | January 29, 2019

A new study co-authored by IDSS affiliate David Rand shows that crowdsourced judgments about the quality of news sources may effectively marginalize false news and other kinds of online misinformation.

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New research describes a single neural network that can collect missing data from a patient and add it to their chart.

Filling the gaps in a patient’s medical data
MIT News Office | January 28, 2019

IDSS affiliate Tommi Jaakkola and fellow CSAIL researchers have developed a model that can assimilate multiple types of patient health data to help doctors make decisions with incomplete information.

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Tom Malone

How AI is changing knowledge work
MIT Tech Review | January 25, 2019

The MIT Tech Review interviews Tom Malone, Sloan management professor, IDSS affiliate, founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, and author of Superminds: The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together.

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Eric Bradford

Ask a TA: Everything You Need to Know About MIT xPRO’s Online Data Science Course
InsideBIGDATA | January 22, 2019

Eric Bradford, an MIT undergrad majoring in computer science, shares a behind-the-scenes look as a TA for our online course 'Data Science and Big Data Analytics: Making Data-Driven Decisions.'

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Snow falling on MIT campus and the dome

School of Engineering welcomes new faculty
MIT News Office | January 11, 2019

IDSS welcomes Cathy Wu, a joint appointment with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, this summer. Suvrit Sra also joined IDSS and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2018.

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Daniel Hastings

Hastings takes AeroAstro’s reins
AeroAstro | January 3, 2019

AeroAstro Professor and IDSS core faculty member Daniel E. Hastings became head of the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department on Jan. 1.

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Devavrat Shah

Online Education is Paving a Smoother Path to Earning Data Science Skills
InsideBIGDATA | January 3, 2019

Statistics and Data Science Center director Devavrat Shah writes for InsideBIGDATA about the role online education has to play in helping organizations build data science skills and teams -- so they can mine their data for insights and make better decisions.

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Aleksander Madry is a leader in the emerging field of building guarantees into artificial intelligence, which has nearly become a branch of machine learning in its own right.

Building trustworthy artificial intelligence
MIT News Office | December 17, 2018

Statistics and Data Science Center affiliate Aleksander Madry compares AI to a sharp knife: a useful but potentially hazardous tool that society must learn to wield properly.

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“It’s now time to move forward,” said Michał Kurtyka, president of the COP24 conference and state secretary in the Ministry of Energy in Poland. “The issues that are left do not benefit from time. Climate change will not wait for us.”

“Climate change will not wait for us”
MIT News Office | December 14, 2018

Updates and reflections from the UN Climate Change Conference, where MIT researchers share knowledge and tools to help nations meet Paris Agreement targets, and students and alumni of our Technology and Policy Program wrestle with the difficulty and importance of climate action.

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