ENGINEERING IN ACTION

  • Computation Counts

    Computation Counts

    When James Quigley applied to MIT, he didn’t need an algorithm to tell him getting in wasn’t a high-probability outcome. An Army veteran attending community college in California, he possessed a talent for math, a desire to do big things, and a sobering group of friends who insisted: “Mortals don’t get into MIT.” Quigley knew a dare when he heard one. As for probability measures, those he chose to ignore.
  • Artificial Intelligence in Action

    Artificial Intelligence in Action

    A person watching videos that show things opening — a door, a book, curtains, a blooming flower, a yawning dog — easily understands the same type of action is depicted in each clip.
  • 3Q: Daron Acemoglu on Technology and the Future of Work

    3Q: Daron Acemoglu on Technology and the Future of Work

    "The way we live continuously changes in significant ways — how we learn, how we acquire food, what we emphasize, our social organizations."
  • Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

    Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

    This month is Independent Activities Period (IAP) at MIT, a four-week period when students, faculty, staff, and alumni organize and engage in all kinds of inventive and wacky sessions that range from relaxing to rigorous.
  • Putting Projects at the Forefront

    Putting Projects at the Forefront

    Rose Wang loves to work on projects — especially ones that exceed the bounds of her declared majors, economics and computer science. She thrives on do-it-yourself design solutions. Her latest involves making an aerodynamic drone. “We’ll see how that goes,” she says.

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