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.

The dynamic between AI and HI is at a tipping point

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 14, 2018

Robots. They might be super efficient, and they’ll never be late to work, but are they management material? Scientists working in artificial intelligence say no. “Bet-the-company decisions cannot be left to algorithms,” says renowned MIT Sloan economist Simon Johnson. “Despite the enormous benefits of artificial intelligence, we need human intelligence to provide judgment, expertise, and insight before we can realize the promise of large-scale information gathering and massive data sets.” Johnson and Jonathan Ruane, SF ’16, a lecturer at MIT…
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Moving on your sustainability agenda

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on July 31, 2018

Sustainability has become an imperative for organizations, but when it comes to moving forward on that agenda, many are lost about where to begin. What can an organization do to become more energy efficient? What can manufacturers do to preserve water? What are the best practices for recycling in a large organization? The ambitious cross-sector online platform SHIFT is making it easier for leaders of organizations large and small and at all stages of development to “hardwire” sustainability into their…
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AI to the Rescue: Recovering Lost Customers

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on July 11, 2018

Is a customer who has been gone a few months a lost cause? Not according to Alan Ringvald, SF ’16, founder and CEO of the startup Relativity6. Ringvald believes that the time lapsed is not actually the most helpful metric. The focus, he says, should be less on how long they’ve been gone and more on why they went and what you need to do to get them back. Ringvald and company cofounder and CTO Abraham Rodriguez, SF ’16, share…
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Pioneering water recycling technology wins MIT $100K grand prize

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on July 2, 2018

Every day, four thousand children die because they don’t have access to clean water. That stark fact is what drove the winning innovation at this year’s MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition on May 14. “The water crisis is only getting worse,” says Maher Damak, PhD ’17, cofounder of Infinite Cooling, the grand-prize winner. “Our mission is to help solve the water crisis and save power plants $10 billion a year.” Nearly 40 percent of all the water drawn from lakes and…
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When your dining companion is an app, will you eat better?

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on June 22, 2018

If you’re tracking what you eat with a calorie-counting app, you’re only fulfilling one narrow aspect of nutritional health. A new app in development at CSAIL (MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab) takes a more in-depth approach to meal monitoring. Researchers Jim Glass and Mandy Korpusik lead a team that has developed a nutrition analyzer that uses pioneering speech and language understanding technology to track dietary intake more easily and efficiently than popular apps like MyFitnessPal. They envision that…
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Navigating the car insurance maze

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on June 6, 2018

Many consumers look at their car insurance choices and see an MC Escher drawing of mazes leading into the unknown. Using advanced artificial intelligence, however, Insurify is streamlining the historically convoluted process. Winner of the 2016 ACORD Insurance Innovation Challenge Startup Disruptor, the company has wowed industry traditionalists and customers alike with its reinvention of the client experience. Entrepreneurs have attempted to tackle the insurance industry before, but no new venture in this space has taken off as robustly as…
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