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Why facial recognition software has trouble recognizing people of color

by Molly Wood, Stephanie Hughes, and Shaheen Ainpour Feb 13, 2018
"Data reflects our history, and our history has been very biased to date," MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini says.
Passersby walk under a surveillance camera that is part of a facial recognition technology test at Berlin's Suedkreuz train station in 2017.
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Learning Curve

Making online education more like iTunes

by Dan Abendschein Aug 8, 2014
MIT lays out the future of online education and it may not include classes.

Cochlear implants get processing boost from MIT researchers

by Molly Wood Feb 10, 2014
A leap forward in tech for those who can't hear.

Inside the MIT Media Lab

by Molly Wood Oct 10, 2013
How the Media Lab came to be the Media Lab.

Designing a better helmet

by Molly Wood Oct 10, 2013
At MIT, researchers are hard at work on building the next generation of helmets.
Inside CES

Qualcomm makes a splash at CES, MIT moves us closer to hologram TVs

by Molly Wood Jan 11, 2013
At CES, Qualcomm gives a baffling keynote and start up Veveo gets a boost. Also, MIT has invented a new process of bending light on a computer chip, which means we're a step closer to hologram televisions, biomedical imaging, and…

The online game of borrowing money

by Molly Wood Oct 11, 2012
Payday lending -- an area of finance with one of the worst reputations -- may get a facelift with new start up LendUp, which takes its inspiration from microlending. Today, MIT is starting an outfit dedicated to delivering us from…

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What good is a 'Certificate of Mastery?'

by Molly Wood May 3, 2012
Venerable educational institutions like Harvard and MIT are giving away education online for free. So what can you do with it?

Warrantless cell phone tracking is everywhere

by Molly Wood Apr 4, 2012
A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union says that law enforcement agencies are frequently using cell phone tracking information provided by wireless carriers. Plus, Wonder Twin powers activate: Smart sand is on the way.

Guess what! You just got into MIT! Free ride! Kind of!

by Molly Wood Feb 15, 2012
OK, there's a catch: It's only one class and it's online.