How to measure all the world’s fresh water


The Congo River is the world’s second-largest river system after the Amazon. More than 75 million people depend on it for food and water, as do thousands of species of plants and animals that live in the swamps and peatlands it supports. The massive tropical rainforest sprawled across its middle helps regulate the entire Earth’s … Read more

Our favorite photographs from 2021


In 2021 we saw images from the deep reaches of geologic time, to visionaries working on today’s pressing issues, to a glimpse into a transhuman future. Inside the machine that saved Moore’s LawCHRISTOPHER PAYNE How technology might finally start telling farmers things they didn’t already knowLUCAS FOGLIA The pandemic could remake public transportation for the … Read more

14 cybersecurity predictions for 2022 and beyond


While the covid-19 pandemic upended workplaces and ushered in rapid digital transformation, the turmoil around cybercrime has remained constant: attackers are always changing tactics to evade detection. Flexible, customer-first solutions have emerged to meet ever-changing circumstances to keep organizations secure and confident against cyber threats. In the new year and beyond, as technology and workplace … Read more

2021 was the year of monster AI models


It’s been a year of supersized AI models.  When OpenAI released GPT-3, in June 2020, the neural network’s apparent grasp of language was uncanny. It could generate convincing sentences, converse with humans, and even autocomplete code. GPT-3 was also monstrous in scale—larger than any other neural network ever built. It kicked off a whole new trend in … Read more

The architect making friends with flooding


For years, Beijing landscape architect Yu Kongjian was ridiculed by his fellow citizens as a backward thinker. Some even called him an American spy—a nod to his doctorate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and his opposition to dams, those symbols of power and progress in modern China. Yu’s transgression: he advised working with water, … Read more

How to save our social media by treating it like a city


Being on social media can feel a bit like living in a new kind of city. It’s the greatest city in the world. Millions of people can do things their parents never dreamed of. They can live together, play together, learn together. The city is a marvel. But it’s also rotten. Raw sewage runs in the streets. … Read more

A campus exhibition


“Leslie Thornton: Begin Again, Again,” at the MIT List Center through February 13, is the artist’s first US solo museum exhibition. It includes a new installation of Peggy and Fred in Hell (1983–2015).

Raj Tahil ’81 and Mary Jo Wrenn


Raj Tahil credits MIT with sparking his entrepreneurial instincts. “I learned to see problems as interesting opportunities,” says the president of Torpac Capsules, which specializes in custom capsules and pharmaceutical equipment. In the spirit of creating opportunities, Tahil and his spouse, Mary Jo Wrenn, have created an MIT donor-advised fund (DAF)—an increasingly popular way to simplify … Read more

Improving access to healthy, fast-casual food


Cassandria Campbell, MCP ’11, traces her interest in food to her first summer job working with the Food Project on farms in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Roxbury, the Boston neighborhood where she grew up. “I really enjoyed that experience of seeing things grow,” she recalls, “and I appreciated how much change it was creating in Roxbury … Read more