Tag Archives: Research

How impatience guides financial behavior

Study: Long-term states of mind can affect short-term financial decisions BY PETER DIZIKES, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Imagine you are receiving a refund payment from the federal government. Are you going to spend it right away or save the money? Is that decision based on

MIT students fortify concrete by adding recycled plastic

Adding bits of irradiated plastic water bottles could cut cement industry’s carbon emissions BY JENNIFER CHU, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Discarded plastic bottles could one day be used to build stronger, more flexible concrete structures, from sidewalks and street barriers, to buildings and bridges, according

Selective memory

Scheme would make new high-capacity data caches 33 to 50 percent more efficient BY LARRY HARDESTY, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In a traditional computer, a microprocessor is mounted on a “package,” a small circuit board with a grid of electrical leads on its bottom.

Automatic code reuse

>> System makes modifications necessary to transplant code from one program into another BY LARRY HARDESTY, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new system that allows programmers to transplant code from one program into

“Peel-and-go” printable structures fold themselves

>> Expanding polymer enables self-folding without heating or immersion in water BY LARRY HARDESTY, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that will fold themselves into useful three-dimensional shapes when heated or immersed in

How neural networks think

>> General-purpose technique sheds light on inner workings of neural nets trained to process language BY LARRY HARDESTY, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Artificial-intelligence research has been transformed by machine-learning systems called neural networks, which learn how to perform tasks by analyzing huge volumes of training

Using chip memory more efficiently

System for generating ad hoc “cache hierarchies” increases processing speed while reducing energy consumption by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — For decades, computer chips have increased efficiency by using “caches,” small, local memory banks that store frequently used data and cut down on