MIT Sloan Fellows Blog

MIT Sloan Fellows, alumni, and faculty put themselves in situations around the world where they believe they can have the most impact—and dig in to uncover truth in uncertainty, reason in chaos, and tackle the tough challenges from refreshingly new vantages.

Eat–or shun–that apple pie? Check your DNA

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 3, 2018

Fredric Abramson, SF ’77, has an extensive background in genetics, biology, entrepreneurship, and the law. All paths converge at his most recent startup, Digital Nutrition, which is using AI and genetics to revolutionize the concept of illness prevention. Abramson is building Digital Nutrition, still in its startup phase, to be a $100 million-dollar-business that taps the very latest genetic science and technology to promote wellness and wellbeing. “With advanced AI and machine learning analytics,” he says, “we can deliver genetic…
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Deep mind thinking about AI and ML

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 3, 2018

Companies that know how to harness machine learning and artificial intelligence are clear winners in the 21st century economy. And, arguably, few companies on Earth rival Google for its ingenuity in unlocking their powers. Suzanne Frey, SF ’06, Director of Security, Trust, and Privacy at Google, says, in fact, that every area in which Google is advancing relies on the progress of AI and ML. DeepMind Frey says that a game-changer was Google’s 2014 acquisition of the London-based AI pioneer…
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The light and shade of AI

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 3, 2018

How much artificial intelligence (AI) can you pack into a Manhattan apartment? How much could it improve your life? When digital expert Pieter Nel, SF ’14, moved into his new place in 2017, he decided to find out. His Amazon Alexa is now fully networked with the space, and he controls everything from the lights to the Roomba vacuum cleaner with voice commands. “The technology has come a long way,” Nel says, “but it still has a long way to…
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What do we [really] want from technology?

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 3, 2018

Erik Brynjolfsson, Schussel Family Professor of Management and director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Andrew McAfee, principle research scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business, urge us to move beyond questions of what technology will do to us and instead ask: What do we want to do with technology? What matters more than ever before, they say, is thinking deeply about what we want the future to be. Having more choices means that our values…
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Generative design is changing our relationships with machines

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 2, 2018

When we suspend our fears and fantasies of robotic minds replicating or surpassing our own, we increase the likelihood of turning the differences between human intelligence (HI) and AI into productive collaborations. The resulting whole could be much greater than the sum of the parts—a whole that offers a compelling counterpoint to the zero-sum scenarios many technology pessimists envision. The revolutionary Live Parts™ software in development at Desktop Metal may foreshadow ways in which we will relate to artificial intelligence…
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AI can forge richer human-to-human interactions

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 2, 2018

In the digital marketplace, online chat has become a key asset to consumers and companies alike, allowing sales personnel to help customers make decisions and resolve issues in real time. Enter Vee24. This young AI startup has created a service that could soon make basic online chat feel as primitive as a phone tree. Priya Iyer, SF ’05, CEO and Chair of Vee24, says that old-style customer service is not going to cut it any longer with a burgeoning number…
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