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How neural networks think

General-purpose technique sheds light on inner workings of neural nets trained to process language. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Artificial-intelligence research has been transformed by machine-learning systems called neural networks, which learn how…

Making data centers more energy efficient

Flash-memory system could reduce power consumption of data center “caches” by 90 percent. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Most modern websites store data in databases, and since database queries are relatively slow, most…

New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct

Approach may enable robots to move around hospitals, malls, and other areas with heavy foot traffic. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Just as drivers observe the rules of the road, most pedestrians follow…

Automatic image retouching on your phone

System can apply a range of styles in real-time, so that the viewfinder displays the enhanced image. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The data captured by today’s digital cameras is often treated as…

A new study co-authored by an MIT economist reveals that people have a haphazard approach to assessing inflation. Image: Christine Daniloff/MIT

Intermittent attention, poor memory shape public perceptions of inflation

Consumers may tune in to prices when they need to — but recall data poorly, study finds. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Do you know your country’s current inflation rate? What do you…

Could math method for students with visual impairments help others?

Rice, Auburn University at Montgomery hope to prove ‘process-driven’ techniques will enhance STEM education for all HOUSTON – A method developed to help students who are blind or have visual…

Hospitals that spend more on emergency care yield better outcomes

Investing more in inpatient care relative to longer-term nursing facilities reduces mortality rates. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Hospitals that spend more on initial care following patient emergencies have better outcomes than hospitals…

Learning with light: New system allows optical “deep learning”

Neural networks could be implemented more quickly using new photonic technology. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — “Deep Learning” computer systems, based on artificial neural networks that mimic the way the brain learns…

Government transparency limited when it comes to America’s conserved private lands

American taxpayers spend millions of dollars each year to conserve privately owned lands. These lands provide public benefits like timber, water quality protection and food. Yet, information about conserved private…

Wearable system helps visually impaired users navigate

Device provides information from a 3-D camera, via vibrating motors and a Braille interface. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Computer scientists have been working for decades on automatic navigation systems to aid the…