2 MIT News March/April 2018 www.technologyreview.com
Contents | VOLUME 121 NUMBER 2
Right: Media Lab grad student Amos Golan sets up
an experiment on a digital knitting machine in a
factory near Shenzhen, China, as part of the 2017
Hacking Manufacturing class (p4).
3 From the President
Shaping the AI Future
Three crucial truths about artificial intelligence.
4 My View
Hacking in a Factory
Lessons from a Chinese knitting plant.
By Laya Anasu
5 Seen on Campus
6 77 Mass Ave
Supermassive Black Hole “Shouldn’t Exist”
The finding challenges current understanding
of how black holes form.
Tattoos made from genetically programmed
cells could serve as wearable sensors.
Turning Air Pollution into Art
MIT startup converts soot into art supplies.
The Risky Business of Stress
Chronically stressed mice are more likely to
make high-risk decisions.
10 Meet the Author
Examining the life of Enrico Fermi.
Ones and Zeroes, Notes and Tunes
Jeanne Bamberger saw the computer as a tool
to revolutionize how music is taught.
By Francesca Schembri, SM ’ 18
23 Alumni Connection
A Long Journey Home
Fallen Vietnam War aviator finally recovered.
Meet the New Alum.mit.edu
How to explore the MITAA’s resources online.
Don’t Miss Tech Reunions 2018
Registration opens in March.
25 Class Notes and Course News
Martha Goodway ’ 57; Greg Zacharias ’ 67, SM
’ 74, PhD ’ 77; Greg Brandeau ’ 84, SM ’ 85; Pablo
Munguia ’91; Robbin Chapman, SM ’99, PhD ’06;
Catharina Lavers Mallet, MBA ’09
62 Puzzle Corner
12 Investing in Tech That’s Worth the Wait Innovations in certain fields take extra
time—and support—to develop. The
Engine at MIT is helping them make the
leap from the lab to the marketplace.
By Michael Blanding
18 A New (Old) Way to Fight Cancer Matthew Vander Heiden helped revive the
forgotten study of cancer metabolism.
By Sam Apple
22 A Less-Artificial Intelligence Studying 70,000 mouse neurons could
help Andreas Tolias build smarter AI.
By Laura Ball
Alumni Connection Editor
Nancy DuVergne Smith
Puzzle Corner Editor
Allan Gottlieb ’ 67
Laya Anasu; Sam Apple;
Laura Ball; Michael Blanding;
Jennifer Chu; Christina
Couch, SM ’ 15; Rob Matheson;
Francesca Schembri, SM ’ 18;
Sara Shay; Anne Trafton; the
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