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Cough-scrutinizing AI shows major promise as an early warning system for COVID-19

Cough-scrutinizing AI shows major promise as an early warning system for COVID-19 Asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 is a huge contributor to the pandemic, but of course if there are no symptoms, how can anyone tell they should isolate or get a test? MIT research has found that hidden in the sound of […]

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Deep tech VC fund The Engine raises $230M for its second fund from MIT and new backer Harvard

Deep tech VC fund The Engine raises 0M for its second fund from MIT and new backer Harvard Deep tech. Hard tech. Or, as The Engine dubs it, Tough Tech. Venture investing today is essentially identical to what happens on Wall Street, focused on data rooms, spreadsheets, SaaS churn models and cohort […]

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Ansa Biotechnologies wants to usher in a new era of DNA manufacturing

Ansa Biotechnologies wants to usher in a new era of DNA manufacturing Daniel Arlow has spent the last eighteen years studying genomics and synthetic biology. The arc of his career has taken the first-time founder of the new startup Ansa Biotechnologies from MIT to the famous Keasling Lab at the University of […]

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China bans Scratch, MIT’s programming language for kids

China bans Scratch, MIT’s programming language for kids China’s enthusiasm for teaching children to code is facing a new roadblock as organizations and students lose an essential tool: the Scratch programming language developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. China-based internet users can no longer access Scratch’s website. […]

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Launched with $17 million by two former Norwest investors, Tau Ventures is ready for its closeup

Launched with million by two former Norwest investors, Tau Ventures is ready for its closeup Amit Garg and Sanjay Rao have spent the bulk of their professional lives developing technology, founding startups and investing in startups at places like Google and Microsoft, HealthIQ, and Norwest Venture Partners. Over their decade-long friendship the […]

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3M and MIT partner to develop a new, affordable rapid COVID-19 test

3M and MIT partner to develop a new, affordable rapid COVID-19 test A heavyweight partnership between industry and academic sciences is throwing their considerable weight into an important task: Creating a new low-cost, rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19. Chemical industry leader 3M has partnered with MIT to create a diagnostic tool for […]

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MIT creates a soft-fingered robotic gripper than could eventually tie knots and sew stitches

MIT creates a soft-fingered robotic gripper than could eventually tie knots and sew stitches MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has shared the results of a new project in which it built a two-fingered robotic gripper, which has soft pads for dedicated and fine manipulation of objects like cables, sheets […]

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We need a new field of AI to combat racial bias

We need a new field of AI to combat racial bias Gary M. Shiffman Contributor Share on Twitter Gary M. Shiffman, Ph.D., is the author of “The Economics of Violence: How Behavioral Science Can Transform our View of Crime, Insurgency, and Terrorism“. He teaches economic science and national security at Georgetown University […]

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Fitbit gains FDA authorization for its low-cost emergency ventilator

Fitbit gains FDA authorization for its low-cost emergency ventilator Fitbit has secured an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Fitbit Flow emergency ventilator. The ventilator hardware is low-cost, and doesn’t require very much training or expertise to use, making it a good solution for […]

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Immunai wants to map the entire immune system and raised $20 million in seed funding to do it

Immunai wants to map the entire immune system and raised million in seed funding to do it For the past two years the founding team of Immunai had been working stealthily to develop a new technology to map the immune system of any patient. Founded by Noam Solomon, a Harvard and MIT-educated […]

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