Study: When allocating scarce resources with AI, randomization can improve fairness

Introducing structured randomization into decisions based on machine-learning model predictions can address inherent uncertainties while maintaining efficiency.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
yesterday ~7 min

If we want to settle on other planets, we’ll have to use genome editing to alter human DNA

Altering the human genome could help astronauts survive the harsh radiation and effects of weightlessness.

Sam McKee, Associate Tutor and PhD Candidate in Philosophy of Science, Manchester Metropolitan University • conversation
July 23, 2024 ~7 min


Large language models don’t behave like people, even though we may expect them to

A new study shows someone’s beliefs about an LLM play a significant role in the model’s performance and are important for how it is deployed.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
July 23, 2024 ~8 min

How to assess a general-purpose AI model’s reliability before it’s deployed

A new technique enables users to compare several large models and choose the one that works best for their task.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
July 16, 2024 ~7 min

Astronauts are stuck on the International Space Station after yet more problems with Boeing’s beleaguered Starliner

The spacecraft’s return has been delayed while experts study helium leaks and thruster problems.

Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
July 15, 2024 ~6 min

Astronauts are stuck on the International Space Station after yet more problems with Boeing’s beleagured Starliner

The spacecraft’s return has been delayed while experts study helium leaks and thruster problems.

Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
July 15, 2024 ~6 min

When to trust an AI model

More accurate uncertainty estimates could help users decide about how and when to use machine-learning models in the real world.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
July 11, 2024 ~7 min

Cambridge experts bust myths about family, sex, marriage and work in English history

On World Population Day, University of Cambridge researchers bust some of the biggest myths about life in England since the Middle Ages, challenging

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 11, 2024 ~6 min


Researchers study differences in attitudes toward Covid-19 vaccines between women and men in Africa

While women and men self-reported similar vaccination rates, unvaccinated women had less intention to get vaccinated than men.

Will Sullivan | MIT Governance Lab • mit
July 10, 2024 ~7 min

PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ can be absorbed through human skin, says research

A new study sheds light on how important exposure to PFAS chemicals via the skin might be and indicates which chemical structures might be most easily absorbed.

Stuart Harrad, Professor of Environmental Chemistry, University of Birmingham • conversation
July 5, 2024 ~6 min

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