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An illustration portrays a brain with a biological left hemisphere and a digital right hemisphere
July 12, 2018
"MIT recently announced the “Intelligence Quest.” President Rafael Reif said the campuswide initiative will pursue two key questions: “How does human intelligence work, in engineering terms? And how can we use that deep grasp of...
Carlos Ponce
June 25, 2018
(Carlos R. Ponce is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine. The opinions expressed are his own.)
By Carlos R. Ponce
"While preparing for a recent move to St. Louis,...
old robotic arm
June 18, 2018
How does human intelligence work, in engineering terms? And how can we use that deep grasp of human intelligence to build wiser and more useful machines?
This year MIT launched the MIT Intelligence Quest, an initiative to...
lightbulb with a brain inside
June 17, 2018
By Akshaiyaa V S
And God said, “Let there be light”.
Figuratively, this bible verse points towards light as the foundation of life; the driving force behind our psyche. Bright light is always associated with joy and victory. But...
rotating colorful shapes
June 14, 2018
DeepMind’s advance could lead to machines that can make better sense of a scene.
by Will Knight
Machines will need to get a lot better at making sense of the world on their own if they are ever going to become truly intelligent....
Photo of Prof. Antonio Torralba
June 11, 2018
On June 11, 2018, Provost Martin A. Schmidt announced that Prof. Antonio Torralba has been named the inaugural director of the MIT Quest for Intelligence, effective immediately.
“The range of questions we aspire to explore...
photo of Max Tegmark
June 10, 2018
by Kyle Wiggers @Kyle_L_Wiggers
To describe Max Tegmark’s career as “storied” is to do the Swedish-American physicist a disservice. He’s a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scientific director of the...
Patrick Winston at his desk
June 2, 2018
By Andy Rosen Globe Staff  June 02, 2018
Patrick Winston’s computer is learning about revenge, ambition, and murder. It knows that victory can make you happy. But it also knows you can’t be happy if you’re dead.
The computer had...
Screenshot from MIT News
May 23, 2018
Study tracks eye movement to determine how well people understand English as a foreign language.
Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office 
May 22, 2018
Excerpt: 
A study by MIT researchers has uncovered a new way of telling how well...
May 22, 2018
New evidence suggests a drop-off in results after the age of 17
The Economist
May 10, 2018
Excerpt: Those who want to learn a foreign language, or want their children to, often feel they are racing against the clock. People seem...

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