MIT lecturer Jonathan Ruane says businesses need to prepare now for the disruption to come

Quantum Computing is fast transitioning from a scientific possibility to a technical reality. The history of the field can be traced to a three-day event called the Physics of Computation Conference, held at MIT’s Endicott House in 1981. It remained an intellectual curiosity until the mid1990’s when researchers, including Peter…

Too much critical business information hasn’t been accessible during the pandemic

By Thomas Davenport

The highly successful investor Warren Buffet is fond of saying, “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” The COVID-19 pandemic is the most recent example of a major low tide event for unprepared organizations. We see its effects in tangled supply…

Economists say that replacing GDP is long overdue

By Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several weeks ago I heard a very interesting keynote presentation by Cambridge professor Diane Coyle at the annual workshop of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab: What Don’t We Know About Measuring the Digital Economy?

Professor Coyle is also a research associate of the U.K. Economics Statistics Centre…

MIT Analytics Lab students solve real-world business problems

By Paula Klein

Converting marketing campaigns into actual sales, restocking retail inventory in real time, determining freight shipping efficiency, and evaluating talent pipelines all have one requirement in common: optimal data analytics.

But successful implementation of business analytics requires leading-edge tools and sophisticated data modeling skills-exactly what MIT Analytics Lab

Social media savvy can help identify misinformation — but it doesn’t necessarily keep it in check

By Sara Brown, MIT Sloan

Understanding why people believe and share things that are false is an important part of addressing the spread of misinformation on social media.

A new study from MIT Sloan researchers takes a look at the role of digital literacy — familiarity with basic concepts related…

And what does it all mean for the ‘real world?’

By Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Don’t mock the metaverse,” said The Economist in a November 20 article.“There are good reasons to take the metaverse seriously. One is historical: as computers have become more capable, the experiences which they generate have become richer. The internet began its life displaying nothing more exciting than…

Three MIT IDE reports focus on the news that dominated digital tech this year

It was year when social media truly took center stage; a year when the ongoing COVID crisis and related misinformation dominated world news and the IDE research agenda.

In short, 2021 was a year when the social implications of digital technologies — like AI, social media, and cryptocurrencies — could…

Debates still center on whether new tech adoption will stick post-pandemic

By Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Welcome to the future — not 2021, as you might have been expecting, but 2025, or even 2030, depending on whom you ask,” said The Economist in a November, 2020 article. “The adoption of new technological behaviours in response to the pandemic, from video-conferencing to online shopping…

The Philippine journalist and free-speech advocate has three immediate action items for the U.S.

By Sara Brown, MIT News

In October, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to investigative journalist Maria Ressa, whose digital news company Rappler has exposed government corruption in the Philippines.

Ressa won the award with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper…

MIT conference highlights the increased use of online trials to understand social behavior

By Paula Klein

Online surveys about your vaccination status, incentives to use a product or make a lifestyle change, and nudges to change your ride-sharing habits are likely the results of digital experimentation. And it’s on the rise.

The convergence of online experimentation and behavioral science was the focus of…

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