April 18, 2020
Are we really going to bet that we can go back to life as normal without proper coronavirus tracking in place?
By Thomas L. Friedman
With these three short tweets...
April 16, 2020
Altruism toward strangers grows out of the emotional attachment between babies and their caregivers.
By Alison Gopnik
The last few weeks have seen extraordinary displays of altruism. Ordinary people have transformed their lives—...
April 14, 2020
MIT professors Sabine Iatridou, Jonathan Gruber, and Rebecca Saxe have been selected to pursue their work “under the freest possible conditions.”
Julie Pryor | McGovern Institute for Brain Research
MIT faculty members Sabine...
lonley man wlaking on a beach
April 2, 2020
A study on isolation’s neural underpinnings implies many may feel literally “starved” for contact amid the COVID-19 pandemic
By Lydia Denworth
Loneliness hurts. It is psychologically distressing and so physically unhealthy that...
March 10, 2020
In years to come, robots could assist human users in a variety of ways, both when they are inside their homes and in other settings. To be more intuitive, robots should be able to follow natural language commands and instructions...
confused red robot
March 9, 2020
Deep-learning models can spot patterns that humans can't. But software still can't explain, say, what caused one object to collide with another.
by Will Knight
Here’s a troubling fact. A self-driving car hurtling along the...
March 4, 2020
Computer model of face processing could reveal how the brain produces richly detailed visual representations so quickly.
Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
When we open our eyes, we immediately see our surroundings in great detail....
February 28, 2020
Researchers discover that no magic is required to explain why deep networks generalize despite going against statistical intuition.
by Kris Brewer

Introductory statistics courses teach us that, when fitting a model to some...
February 24, 2020
Moving away from alchemy into the age of science for deep learning
by Andrzej Banburski
Imagine you’re back in elementary school and just took your first statistics course on fitting models to data. One thing you...
February 14, 2020
Professor Tomaso Poggio, Dr. Andrzej Banburski and M.Sc. Qianli Liao from the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines, located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won the first edition of the international Scientific...