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  • Webcasts // Jun 2010

    Innovation In Energy Storage: What I Learned In 3.091 Was All I Needed To Know

    In a lecture that could have been titled, Better Education through Chemistry, the author begins with solar energy, grid-level storage, and liquid metal batteries and moves into education innovation, sharing creative ways to teach chemistry.

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  • Webcasts // Jun 2010

    Capitalism 3.0: An Institutional Revolution In The Making

    The author points to what he calls a "Blind spot" in contemporary leadership research: the organization and management of attention. The author argues that there are different kinds of awareness or attentiveness, that different problems require different qualities of or approaches to awareness.

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  • Webcasts // Jun 2010

    Shaped By Booms And Busts: How The Economy Impacts CEO Management Style

    If you read the press or talk to practitioners, according to the author, the worst thing for an entrepreneur [is] to be one who grew up in a boom time. These entrepreneurs never learn to manage finances or build efficient firms because they're so used to having ample availability of...

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  • Webcasts // Jun 2010

    MIT?s Entrepreneurial Development And Impact Over The Past 50 Years

    The author reviews the effects of entrepreneurship within MIT and the relation of MIT entrepreneurship to larger communities. The webcast polled MIT alumni about companies they had started or co-founded and which were still in business.

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    ATAC: Improving Performance and Programmability With On-Chip Optical Networks

    Given the current trends in multicore scaling, chips with 1000 cores may exist within the next 5 to 10 years. However, their promise of increased performance will only be reached if their inherent scaling and programming challenges are overcome. Meanwhile, recent advances in nanophotonic device manufacturing are making CMOS-integrated optics...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Physical Layer-Aware Wireless Link Layer Protocols

    With wireless devices becoming ubiquitous, the problem of designing high performance and reliable wireless networks is of great importance today. Wireless links are characterized by a rapidly varying channel, requiring transmitters to dynamically adapt their transmit bit rate. The broadcast nature of radio also necessitates the use of medium access...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Detecting Evolving Patterns of Self-Organizing Networks by Flow Hierarchy Measurement

    Hierarchies occur widely in evolving self-organizing ecological, biological, technological and social networks, but detecting and comparing hierarchies is difficult. Here the authors present a metric and technique to quantitatively assess the extent to which self-organizing directed networks exhibit a flow hierarchy. Flow hierarchy is a commonly observed but theoretically overlooked...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Report: NSF Workshop on Future Wireless Communication Research

    The wireless communication industry is a trillion-dollar, worldwide business that represents a substantial fraction of the global Gross Domestic Product. Over the past two decades, it has had a transformative impact on the society and has revolutionized almost all aspects of human interaction. These networks are inescapably intertwined with the...

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  • Webcasts // May 2010

    Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change The Way The World Learns

    The author describes how the idea of disruptive innovation, developed by management researcher and author Clayton M. Christensen, can provide a fresh perspective on struggling education systems, and perhaps offer some solutions. Business history, the author tells his audience, is littered with cases of unlikely triumphs, when a smaller firm...

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  • Webcasts // May 2010

    Visual Overviews For Cultural Heritage: Interactive Exploration For Scholars In The Humanities, Arts, And Beyond

    A focus on designing technologies that allow the "Visualization of things not visible" has been at the center of the presenter's work over the past two decades. The presenter advocates the discovery of temporal patterns, relationships and clusters via an empowering user experience which enables discovery at a customizable pace...

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  • Webcasts // May 2010

    Humanistic Approaches To The Graphical Expression Of Interpretation

    It is in sharp contrast to a period of enlightenment and empirical science that a re-humanization of digital activities may now take place, says the author. Humanistic approaches are the motif against which she frames her assertion that "Interpretation" introduces an epistemological shift - which she identifies by the rubric...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Transparent Detection of Computer Malware Using Virtualization

    In this paper, the author explores malware detection using a combination of virtualization- and storage-based intrusion detection techniques. By monitoring disk activity of a virtual machine and correlating that activity to knowledge of the filesystem structure on the virtual machine's disk, an intrusion detection system can react to file changes...

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  • Webcasts // May 2010

    TV Or Not TV: That?s Not The Question

    While the moderator cites evidence that traditional TV viewing is alive and well, her panelists line up to describe a TV industry under siege by digital competitors, and in the throes of major change. In the course of this session, this focuses on how television engages a young(er) audience, a...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    From Relational Specifications to Logic Programs

    This paper presents a compiler from expressive, relational specifications to logic programs. Specifically, the compiler translates the Imperative Alloy specification language to Prolog. Imperative Alloy is a declarative, relational specification language based on first-order logic and extended with imperative constructs; Alloy specifications are traditionally not executable. In spite of this...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Dynamic Knobs for Power-Aware Computing

    The authors present PowerDial, a system for dynamically adapting application behavior to execute successfully in the face of load and power fluctuations. PowerDial transforms static configuration parameters into dynamic knobs that the PowerDial control system can manipulate to dynamically trade off the accuracy of the computation in return for reductions...

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  • Webcasts // May 2010

    The Interaction Between Poverty, Growth And Democracy

    The presenter has remained a passionate advocate of reform since departing the presidency of Peru in 2006. In his home country, the presenter embodied the possibility of transformation, having risen from poverty in an Andean village to top political power, where he initiated a process of economic and social change...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Matching With Couples: Stability And Incentives In Large Markets

    Accommodating couples has been a longstanding issue in the design of centralized labor market clearinghouses for doctors and psychologists, because couples view pairs of jobs as complements. A stable matching may not exist when couples are present. The authors find conditions under which a stable matching exists with high probability...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Learning Gaussian Tree Models: Analysis of Error Exponents and Extremal Structures

    The problem of learning tree-structured Gaussian graphical models from independent and identically distributed (i.i.d.) samples is considered. The influence of the tree structure and the parameters of the Gaussian distribution on the learning rate as the number of samples increases is discussed. Specifically, the error exponent corresponding to the event...

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  • Webcasts // Apr 2010

    Denialism: Media In The Age Of Disinformation

    A few hundred years after the Enlightenment, western civilization is rushing back to the Dark Ages. The causes are debatable, but, argue these science journalists, the public increasingly rejects the findings of science, from climate change to evolution, and is turning away from rationality and reason in general.

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Robust Routing for Local Area Optical Access Networks

    One approach to providing the benefits of the high data rates afforded by optics is to attempt to implement traditional electronic and electro-optic approaches using optical technologies. In electronics, operations such as buffering, adding packets and dropping packets, or merging packet streams, are done with ease. In optics, however, buffering...

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  • Webcasts // Apr 2010

    Lunch With A Laureate: Robert Merton

    Merton starts with the breakthrough work that earned him his laurels and which has recently stirred up controversy: derivative& there are "No mysteries" to these financial instruments, insists Merton they are neither complex nor threatening Derivatives are "Nothing more than insurance."

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  • Webcasts // Apr 2010

    Creativity And Collaboration In The Digital Age

    In a panel moderated by the presenter of this webcast, five former Comparative Media Studies (CMS) students discuss their personal experiences within the CMS program and the impact it has had on their understanding, interpretation, and implementation of creativity in the digital age.

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  • Webcasts // Apr 2010

    International Media Flows: Global Media And Culture

    The moderator introduces five graduates of the Comparative Media Studies Program - in this final webcast, who share their views and experiences about the international/global dimension of the program. 'Comparative' can be interpreted across time - media through history, media in times of transition or across media - across platforms,...

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  • Webcasts // Apr 2010

    From Relief To Reconstruction ? Practical And Policy Challenge

    As the United Nations and worldwide NGOs face the challenges of providing basic services to the survivors of the January 2010 Haitian earthquake, the author scrutinizes what will ultimately be "Crucial to the outcome, in the Haitian context, of a successful recovery and rehabilitation by the Haitian people and for...

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  • Webcasts // Apr 2010

    Giving Back: Finding The Best Way To Make A Difference

    The world's most intractable problems might be cracked if more of the "Brightest minds" could be tempted to work on them, asserts Bill Gates. Too many graduates of top universities like MIT find it infinitely more satisfying to deal in derivatives, he says, or lucrative areas of medical science like...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Minimizing Transmission Energy in Sensor Networks Via Trajectory Control

    Energy optimization is a significant component of Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) design. In this paper the authors consider transmission energy optimization in WSNs where messages are collected by a mobile receiver (collector). The collector is responsible for gathering data messages by choosing the optimal path that minimizes the total transmit...

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  • Webcasts // Apr 2010

    Civics In Difficult Places

    Moderator wonders if these new digital forms are fundamentally liberating, providing users access to public spaces they might otherwise be denied. Moderator pursues this line of inquiry in a series of internet conversations with correspondents covering some of the world's most ravaged or oppressed regions.

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  • Webcasts // Apr 2010

    Transportation, The Built Environment And Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Developing Cities

    It seems that income and travel are inextricably linked. As communities gain wealth and prosperity, their travel footprint increases. Global population is projected to increase by nearly 2 billion people by 2030. If this newly added population drove just 3,000 kilometers a year, they would emit more tonnes of C02...

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  • Webcasts // Apr 2010

    13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover And The Next Financial Meltdown

    In 13 Bankers Johnson, a former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund and co-author James Kwak cite historical precedents offers financial analysis to conclude that a second financial shock is inevitable unless the financial and political stranglehold held on Washington by the nation's biggest banks is broken.

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  • Webcasts // Apr 2010

    The Gutenberg Parenthesis: Oral Tradition And Digital Technologies

    In this webcast, the author makes the deliberately provocative case for a Gutenberg "Parenthesis" - a period marked by the reign of the printing press and isolated from the largely oral culture that came before, and the digitally shaped culture emerging today. The author, who finds an upside in society's...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Arguments for an Information-Centric Internetworking Architecture

    The current Internet architecture focuses on communicating entities, largely leaving aside the information to be exchanged among them. However, trends in communication scenarios show that WHAT is being exchanged becoming more important than WHO are exchanging information. Van Jacobson describes this as moving from interconnecting machines to interconnecting information. Any...

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  • Webcasts // Mar 2010

    A Policy On Leadership

    Ted Kelly walks a Sloan audience through the process of turning around a failing company. His formula? Develop two key things: a fact based analytical organization and great management teams that value people.

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Institutional Foundations for Cyber Security: Current Responses and New Challenges

    This paper profiles institutions that are responsible for addressing threats to cyber security. Rather than focusing primarily on the private sector, the authors analyze key organizations at the national, international, and intergovernmental level. The purpose is to highlight emerging responses and challenges, while simultaneously evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Physical Vs. Virtual Express Topologies with Low-Swing Links for Future Many-Core NoCs

    The number of cores present on-chip is increasing rapidly. The on-chip network that connects these cores needs to scale efficiently. The topology of on-chip networks is an important design choice that affects how these networks scale. Most current on-chip networks use 2-D mesh topologies which do not scale due to...

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  • Webcasts // Mar 2010

    Modeling Human Mobility

    Researchers who wish to study mobility patterns might be reaching for your phone. Increasingly, cell phones are equipped with locational receivers (Global Positioning Systems or GPS) and their bread crumb trails are opening up entirely new ways to study and predict the dynamics of travel.

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Whanau: A Sybil-Proof Distributed Hash Table

    Decentralized systems on the Internet are vulnerable to the "Sybil attack", in which an adversary creates numerous false identities to influence the system's behavior. This problem is particularly pernicious when the system is responsible for routing messages amongst nodes, as in the Distributed Hash Tables (DHT) which underlie many peer-to-peer...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Characterizing Cyberspace: Past, Present and Future David Clark

    This paper is funded by the Office of Naval Research under award number N00014091059 and N000140810898. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this email are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Naval Research. In general terms, most practitioners...

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  • Webcasts // Mar 2010

    Blended Learning Revisited

    Even when children are high achievers and facile with new technology, many seem gradually to lose their sense of wonder and curiosity, notes by one of the authors. Traditional educational methods may be smothering their innate drive to explore the world.

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Secure Network Coding for Multi-Resolution Wireless Video Streaming

    Emerging practical schemes indicate that algebraic mixing of different packets by means of random linear network coding can increase the throughput and robustness of streaming services over wireless networks. However, concerns with the security of wireless video, in particular when only some of the users are entitled to the highest...

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  • Webcasts // Mar 2010

    Transportation In Contemporary Society: A Complex Systems Approach

    In the nineteen fifties and sixties, students of transportation focused on building infrastructure and applied lessons from the physical sciences to designing mobility. Mobility was facilely linked to the engines of economic growth and expanding GDP. In time, that perspective was replaced by a focus on transportation systems and networks....

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  • Webcasts // Nov 2009

    The Tough Get Growing: How To Succeed In A Down Economy

    Stay calm, stick with your vision and business fundamentals, and you'll survive and perhaps even thrive in rough economic times, counsel these entrepreneurial aces. In a conversation with the Kauffman Foundation's, the authors reflect on their experiences bringing novel tech products to market and new companies to fruition, in good...

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  • Webcasts // Nov 2009

    Liberty By Design

    Recalling a lecture he gave at MIT in 2005, the author returns to the questions of the impact of public policy on the way technology is evolving in the Internet space. Instead of viewing it as a lawyer for a public policy interest group - his previous role - he...

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  • Webcasts // Jan 2011

    Economic Policy Challenges: Microeconomics And Regulation

    Given its contributions to policy and practice in such key sectors as health care, industrial organization and technological innovation, and energy and the environment, microeconomics may not be getting the kind of respect, or at least attention, it deserves, the authors suggest.

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  • Webcasts // Jan 2011

    Gaza In Crisis

    Two speakers steeped in the ongoing crisis of the Middle East describe abominable conditions for Palestinians living inside Gaza, which has been blockaded by Israel since 2007. They demand urgent action for civilian victims, and condemn both the Israeli and U.S. governments for pursuing policies of "Genocide."

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  • Webcasts // Jan 2011

    Economic Policy Challenges: Macroeconomics And Fiscal Policy

    The economists, MIT PhDs all, ponder what remains in the macroeconomist's toolkit to pull the U.S., and much of the developed world, out of recession. They discuss aspects of fiscal and monetary policy that may prove useful in spurring recovery, as well as the complicating matter of politics.

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  • Webcasts // Jan 2011

    The Evolution Of Economic Science: Macroeconomics, Growth, And Development

    This webcast first looks inward, at the evolution of macroeconomics in the past century, and the emergence of microeconomic foundations in macroeconomics, then shifts outward, to the application of economic analysis to such issues as structural unemployment, the ongoing U.S. recession, and the best ways to help developing nations.

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  • Webcasts // Jan 2011

    The Evolution Of Economic Science: Individual And Firm Behavior

    The astonishing contributions MIT has made to the world of economics emerged from "A melting pot of analytical tools and mathematical methods, mixed with a healthy interest in real world questions, grounded in real world problems," says the moderator, crystallizing many of the themes of the symposium, and its inaugural...

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  • Webcasts // Dec 2010

    Perceptive Mobile Robots Working Safely Alongside Humans

    Although we are still far from the moment of singularity, or even Star Wars 'Droids, we can anticipate robot colleagues in the near future, believes by the author. The author is developing 'Situationally aware' machines to help out humans in those "Unstructured environments?where we live, work and recreate."

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  • Webcasts // Dec 2010

    Mathematics, Common Sense, And Good Luck: My Life And Careers

    Don't expect to glean any market tips or trading secrets from the author, who steadfastly refuses to disclose the method behind his remarkable record in investing. Instead, listen to this mathematician, hedge fund manager and philanthropist sum up a remarkably varied and rich career, and offer some "Guiding principles" distilled...

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  • Webcasts // Nov 2010

    Communications In Slow-Moving Crises

    What's a journalist to do when a major story must be coaxed reluctantly into public view, or emerges on what seems like a geological time scale? These panelists discuss how to approach slowly evolving but urgent stories at a time when news coverage has shifted inexorably from print and its...

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  • Webcasts // Dec 2010

    Relaunching Growth In Europe

    The presenter finds it difficult to witness the calamitous decline of Spain, a nation he led to robust economic health as prime minister from 1996 to 2004. The gains during his administration have vanished following the international financial crisis. But the economic misfortunes of Spain and other European nations are...

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  • Webcasts // Nov 2010

    The Future Is Gray, Small & Female: Disruptive Demographics And Transportation Tomorrow

    If the prospect of aging and infirmity seems remote, you could use some time with AGNES (Age Gain Now Empathy System), a wearable apparatus that approximates "What it feels like to be a 75-year-old woman."

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  • Webcasts // Nov 2010

    The Financial Crisis, The Recession, And The American Political Economy: A Systemic Perspective

    The author shows how useful a varied background in math, political science and business can be, as he dissects the complexities and recent crisis of the U.S. financial system. In a lecture that distills many of the arguments of his recent film, Inside Job, the author conveys dispassionately yet persuasively...

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2010

    Humanities In The Digital Age

    Reports of the demise of the humanities are exaggerated, suggest these panelists, but there may be reason to fear its loss of relevance. Three scholars whose work touches a variety of disciplines and with wide knowledge of the worlds of academia and publishing ponder the meaning and mission of the...

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2010

    Negotiating The Gulf Disaster

    The Gulf Oil spill hurt many individuals and businesses, and there is broad agreement that they deserve compensation. But working out the nuances of damage payment is no simple matter, as the presenter describes in conversation with an MIT Museum audience.

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  • Webcasts // Nov 2009

    The Culture Beat And New Media

    Celebrity culture and the brutal economics of print journalism have conspired to kill arts criticism, but it has begun migrating to the web, where it just may survive and even thrive. Panelists discuss the field's colorful history, current decline, and possibly vibrant future. Arts criticism went through a Wild West...

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2009

    Transportation Policy: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally And Walking The Talk

    Why do so many sustainable transportation programs turn out, like the Alice in the Wonderland parable to lead us down unexpected paths? The presenter observes that true sustainable transport requires making more than short-term fixes. A sustainable transportation program is built upon the pyramid of three "E"s: equity, environmental benefit,...

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2009

    Improving Your Commute

    In this webcast, the presenter describes three challenges hat need to be met in using data to help commuters - pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers - reduce the time (and fuel) spent stuck in traffic: accurate modeling of traffic delays while conserving energy and protecting user privacy, accurate predictions of future traffic...

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  • Webcasts // Sep 2009

    The Role Of Information Technology In Improving Transit Systems

    This ditty about tram car ticketing made famous by Mark Twain might spring to mind during the author's talk. Technology unimaginable in Twain's day is spurring a global shift in urban transit, the author says, from manual to automatic systems.

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  • Webcasts // Feb 2010

    The Economic Meltdown: What Have We Learned, If Anything?

    The U.S. has had more than 70 years to come to terms with the Great Depression, and we really thought we knew how to avoid another one, says the author. "It wasn't supposed to be possible. Then came the current crisis."

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2009

    Leadership And Entrepreneurship

    While their ventures couldn't be more dissimilar - engineering high tech defense gear for soldiers, and running an exclusive online boutique - this entrepreneurs share some common experiences and lessons. Moderator would "Love to tell you I'm wicked brilliant, analytical, clairvoyant, but I'm not."

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  • Webcasts // Sep 2010

    Planning The Response: Establishing The Impacts And Identifying The Parties At Risk

    The Deepwater Horizon disaster spread through not just a vast coastal ecosystem, but into diverse human communities lining the Gulf, many entirely dependent on the sea for their livelihoods. These three panelists describe their involvement in quite disparate response projects, which began shortly after the oil began gushing, and in...

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  • Webcasts // Sep 2010

    Moving Ahead: Engineering Challenges Of Deep Water Drilling And Future Oil Resource Recovery

    To keep up with demand, the oil industry ventures increasingly farther and deeper offshore, extracting resources as fast as possible in often hazardous conditions with newly minted technology. So to these panelists, the BP Deepwater Horizon accident did not come as a complete surprise. However, they view the disaster from...

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  • Webcasts // Sep 2010

    Democracy After Citizens United

    Just when it seemed the corrosive influence of big money on American politics could not be greater, the Supreme Court gave corporations full license to exercise 'Free speech' during campaign season. The author and his respondents debate the most effective response to the 2010 Citizens United ruling, which, the author...

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  • Webcasts // Sep 2010

    Energy Innovation At Scale

    The United States urgently needs a transformation of its energy supply both to address climate change and for reasons of energy security. To meet this immense challenge, the nation requires not just technological breakthroughs, but heavy lifting from big industry as well as government guidance, says the author.

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  • Webcasts // May 2010

    TV Or Not TV: That?s Not The Question

    While the moderator cites evidence that traditional TV viewing is alive and well, her panelists line up to describe a TV industry under siege by digital competitors, and in the throes of major change. In the course of this session, this focuses on how television engages a young(er) audience, a...

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  • Webcasts // Sep 2010

    Washington Rules: America's Path To Permanent War

    Washington stubbornly sticks to national security policies that don't work, are devoid of moral considerations, sap the Treasury and rob future generations, says the author. In a brief talk that leads to a candid and sometimes impassioned give and take with his audience, the author describes a national security consensus...

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  • Webcasts // May 2010

    Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change The Way The World Learns

    The author describes how the idea of disruptive innovation, developed by management researcher and author Clayton M. Christensen, can provide a fresh perspective on struggling education systems, and perhaps offer some solutions. Business history, the author tells his audience, is littered with cases of unlikely triumphs, when a smaller firm...

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  • Webcasts // Apr 2010

    International Media Flows: Global Media And Culture

    The moderator introduces five graduates of the Comparative Media Studies Program - in this final webcast, who share their views and experiences about the international/global dimension of the program. 'Comparative' can be interpreted across time - media through history, media in times of transition or across media - across platforms,...

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2010

    Toward Efficient Airport Operations

    Few of us would elect to spend countless hours at the airport watching planes arrive, depart and sit at gates. But what constitutes a punishment for some actually energizes the presenter, whose research focuses on improving airport operations. Her goal is to make air travel more efficient, robust and green.

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2010

    Open Payment, A New Approach To Public Transportation Fare Collection

    Soon, a ticket to ride won't require paper coupons, tokens, human vendors, or even Boston's CharlieCard. Urban transit is abandoning a century old payment system for sophisticated digital payment technology, says the author. The author has been toiling for a decade on technology and methods that will enable transit industry...

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2010

    The Art Of Science Communication

    You wouldn't know that the moderator felt nervous in advance of addressing this audience of neuroscientists. In his trademark style, moderator chats up the crowd like an old friend, sharing anecdotes involving one of his great pursuits: "I love to talk to scientists," moderator says.

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2010

    What Does Re-Engineering Mean For Real Estate?

    Moderated by prominent real estate economist, this panel includes five senior executives with well over a century of collective experience at major development and investment firms and an industry information organization. On the critical topic of the impending trillion dollar debt rollover, one of the authors refutes doomsayers, forecasting that...

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2010

    From Experimental Physics To Internet Entrepreneurship: One Scientist?s Journey

    Few better personify the vitality and ambition fueling China's economic surge than the author. In this energetic and revelatory talk, the author relates his personal evolution from MIT physicist to leading Chinese entrepreneur. An industrious student from a poor family, the author was one of the fortunate few in his...

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2010

    Re-Engineering Buildings: Innovations In Building Technology

    The built environment consumes a very large share of the nation's energy, and so offers rich opportunities for reducing the overall carbon footprint. MIT researchers share innovations that could soon radically alter the energy profile, as well as form and function, of buildings. Their work may prove invaluable to those...

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2010

    Engineering Smarter Drivers

    While automakers market increasingly intelligent cars, they may be missing the point. No matter how sophisticated the vehicle's brain, suggests by the author, the smartest element on the road is still the human driver. In search of safe, responsive vehicles, designers should not think of separate components - machine and...

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  • Webcasts // Oct 2010

    Financial Re-Engineering

    Moderator William Wheaton starts the discussion by suggesting that the interconnected global system of financial markets may be inherently unmanageable and overly risky, due to its complexity. Financial transactions in a world of 8 billion people can become too complex, leading to uncontrollable systemic risk and disaster, much the way...

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  • Webcasts // Apr 2010

    The Gutenberg Parenthesis: Oral Tradition And Digital Technologies

    In this webcast, the author makes the deliberately provocative case for a Gutenberg "Parenthesis" - a period marked by the reign of the printing press and isolated from the largely oral culture that came before, and the digitally shaped culture emerging today. The author, who finds an upside in society's...

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  • Webcasts // Mar 2010

    Transportation In Contemporary Society: A Complex Systems Approach

    In the nineteen fifties and sixties, students of transportation focused on building infrastructure and applied lessons from the physical sciences to designing mobility. Mobility was facilely linked to the engines of economic growth and expanding GDP. In time, that perspective was replaced by a focus on transportation systems and networks....

    Provided By Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Webcasts // Mar 2010

    Modeling Human Mobility

    Researchers who wish to study mobility patterns might be reaching for your phone. Increasingly, cell phones are equipped with locational receivers (Global Positioning Systems or GPS) and their bread crumb trails are opening up entirely new ways to study and predict the dynamics of travel.

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