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MIT study shows how much driving for Uber or Lyft sucks

Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are delivering pitiful levels of take-home pay to the hundreds of thousands of US independent contractors providing their own vehicles and driving skills to deliver t

Veil is private browsing for the ultra-paranoid

If you're worried about someone finding out what you're pointing your browser at, there are plenty of options for keeping it secret, with varying levels of difficulty and effectiveness. Veil takes thi

Feature Labs launches out of MIT to accelerate the development of machine learning algorithms

Feature Labs, a startup with roots in research begun at MIT, officially launched today with a set of tools to help data scientists build machine learning algorithms more quickly. Co-founder and CEO Ma

Algorithmic zoning could be the answer to cheaper housing and more equitable cities

Zoning codes are a century old, and the lifeblood of all major U.S. cities (except arguably Houston), determining what can be built where and what activities can take place in a neighborhood. Yet as t

MIT teaches drones to fly with uncertainty

MIT researchers are working on a new steering system for drones that uses uncertainty to ensure that they don’t hit obstacles as they fly autonomously. The system is a bit complex but it’s

Teaching robots to understand their world through basic motor skills

Robots are great at doing what they’re told. But sometimes inputting that information into a system is a far more complex process than the task we’re asking them to execute. A team of researchers

MIT is aiming for AI moonshots with Intelligence Quest

Artificial intelligence has long been a focus for MIT. The school’s been researching the space since the late '50s. But the university thinks it can do more to elevate the rapidly expanding field. T

An MIT team has created color-changing 3D prints

Here’s another cool project out of MIT’s CSAIL labs. Researchers are looking to bring color-changing properties to the 3D-printing process in an attempt to help reduce material waste in the future

Lamborghini’s EV initiatives seem to lack a spark

It doesn't look like Lamborghini will be joining the race for e-performance vehicles anytime soon. Even as the Italian company announced plans to work with MIT in a collaboration to create “elect

Crunch Report | Glow-in-the-Dark Plants

Blue Origin's Crew Capsule 2.0 takes first flight, scientists at MIT make glow-in-the-dark plants and Google is opening an AI center in China. All this on Crunch Report.

Scientists make kale plants glow in the dark with firefly enzymes

A team of MIT research have engineered plants that glow in the dark, using luciferase, the enzyme that lights up firefly butts. The answer to the question of why, precisely, anyone would want to do su

Education technology meets its limits

Developing skills-based online courses and credentials is the easy part. The hard part is getting employers to pay attention.

MIT’s new desktop 3D printer technology increases speeds up to 10x

There are plenty of reasons desktop 3D printing never really took off with consumers. Speed isn’t the main one, but it’s certainly up there. Mind you, this research is still probably a few years a

Crunch Report | Founder David Karp Is Leaving Tumblr

Founder of Tumblr David Karp is leaving the company, Barracuda Networks gets acquired for $1.6 billion by Thoma Bravo and MIT and Harvard create artificial muscle. All this on Crunch Report.

MIT’s The Engine wants to fuel bold tech ideas in Boston

Boston and its surrounding universities are jam-packed with big ideas, but the problem is that many of them never get out of the lab. MIT president Rafael Reif recognized this and decided the city nee

Researchers develop digestible sensors for monitoring the gastrointestinal tract

MIT’s researchers spend a lot of time thinking about digestible technology. Indeed, scientists at the school have developed all sorts of swallowable devices, including a robot fashioned from pig par

MIT’s remote control robot system puts VR to work

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has come up with a use for virtual reality headsets that goes beyond firing them up, checking out a new game, muttering “cool

MIT’s new robot can put on different exoskeletons to gain new powers

MIT’s Computers Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has created a new robot that’s designed to be as adaptable as possible, with the ability to use different “outfits&#82

MIT’s The Engine raises $200M to fund ‘tough tech’

If you think that too many VCs these days are playing it safe and only looking to back sure bets rather than moonshots and more ambitious ventures, take a look over at what’s going on in Boston.

IBM and MIT pen 10-year, $240M AI research partnership

IBM and MIT came together today to sign a 10-year, $240 million partnership agreement that establishes the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab at the prestigious Cambridge, MA academic institution. The lab will be
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