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“Am I as brave as I think I am?” MIT Media Lab student Arwa Mboya on the aftermath of a scandal

“Am I as brave as I think I am?” MIT Media Lab student Arwa Mboya on the aftermath of a scandal It’s been another hard week at MIT. Our campus has been divided by revelations of inappropriate fundraising, coverups, and the harboring of far too many tech geniuses who seemingly put their […]

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SexTech, Kobalt, sales efficiency, philanthropy and ethics, Brexit, and startup growth tactics

SexTech, Kobalt, sales efficiency, philanthropy and ethics, Brexit, and startup growth tactics Tech startups want to destigmatize sex Sex, despite being one of the most fundamental human experiences, is still one of those businesses that some advertisers reject, banks are hesitant to financially support and some investors don’t want to fund. That’s […]

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The MIT Media Lab controversy and getting back to ‘radical courage’, with Media Lab student Arwa Mboya

The MIT Media Lab controversy and getting back to ‘radical courage’, with Media Lab student Arwa Mboya People win prestigious prizes in tech all the time, but there is something different about The Bold Prize. Unless you’ve been living under a literal or proverbial rock, you’ve probably heard something about the late […]

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Daily Crunch: Joi Ito resigns from MIT Media Lab

Daily Crunch: Joi Ito resigns from MIT Media Lab The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Joi Ito resigns as MIT Media Lab head in […]

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Joi Ito resigns as MIT Media Lab head in wake of Jeffrey Epstein reporting

Joi Ito resigns as MIT Media Lab head in wake of Jeffrey Epstein reporting Joichi Ito, the embattled director of the M.I.T. Media Lab, has stepped down according to a statement by MIT’s president, L. Rafael Reif. The news was first reported by The New York Times, which had received a copy of […]

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MIT develops a sensor that can work underwater without a battery and send back data

MIT develops a sensor that can work underwater without a battery and send back data MIT researchers have created a new underwater sensor and communication system that doesn’t require batteries, and barely uses any power at all. This could help set up an underwater ‘internet of things’ according to MIT, which would […]

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Huawei says US ban will cost it $30B in lost revenue

Huawei says US ban will cost it B in lost revenue Following a string of trade restrictions from the U.S., China’s telecoms equipment and smartphone maker Huawei expects its revenues to drop $30 billion below forecast over the next two years, founder and chief executive Ren Zhengfei said Monday during a panel […]

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Harvard-MIT initiative grants $750K to projects looking to keep tech accountable

Harvard-MIT initiative grants 0K to projects looking to keep tech accountable Artificial intelligence, or what passes for it, can be found in practically every major tech company and, increasingly, in government programs. A joint Harvard-MIT program just unloaded $750,000 on projects looking to keep such AI developments well understood and well reported. […]

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Elowan is the plantdroid you’ve been looking for

Elowan is the plantdroid you’ve been looking for With Big Dog busy pulling Santa’s sleigh what horrible robotic hybrid is left to haunt our dreams? How about Elowan! Elowan is a project out of the MIT Media Lab and it’s essentially a mobile houseplant. The plant sends signals to a wheeled transport […]

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New Affectiva cloud API helps machines understand emotions in human speech

New Affectiva cloud API helps machines understand emotions in human speech  Affectiva, the startup that spun out of the MIT Media Lab several years ago with tools designed to understand facial emotions, announced a new cloud API today that can detect a range of emotion in human speech. When we speak, our […]

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