Since the 20th century, the United States has been a “Miracle Machine” of innovation, pioneering groundbreaking inventions ranging from the Internet to genetic editing tools to artificial intelligence systems. These innovations have been life-changing, but their widespread deployment has also brought unintended ethical, and social consequences that, in some cases, have put our health, happiness, and democracy in danger.
Tech Is Broken. How Do We Fix It?
Saturday, October 27, 2018
This Wednesday, we have the pleasure of hosting Moria Weigel and Ben Tarnoff, two prominent tech journalists and authors. Both Moira and Ben have written extensively about the tech industry and the increasing scrutiny of these industries.
How Do We Engage in Civil Conversations in An Age of Polarization?
Patricia-Maria Weinmann and Derek Black
Sunday, October 21, 2018
This Wednesday, we will host our 4th (in a series of 5) program focusing on the November elections. Derek Black with join us as we grapple with issues of white supremacy, racism and the intense polarization that currently exists in the US. Below, Derek writes about some of his thoughts that he will share with us on Wednesday. Please join us.
Monday, October 8, 2018
We can observe our sensations with a friendly detachment, neither holding them close nor pushing them away.
The Thin Veneer of Civilization
Sunday, September 30, 2018
On Tuesday, September 25, former General Michael Hayden spoke to a packed audience in 10-250; an event entitled "Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in An Age of Lies" which is also the title of Hayden’s new book. Both the former Director of the CIA (2006-2009) and the NSA (1999-2005), Hayden has never been known as a liberal political figure.
MIT Day of Action!
Sunday, April 15, 2018
A year ago, a group of MIT students, faculty and staff joined together to create a day of learning focused on critical issues of our times. The day provided a full calendar of lectures, panels and information sessions on topics ranging from nuclear disarmament, sustainabiilty, foreign, national and economic policy, climate change, social justice issues, activism and many more. The day was an incredible success with over 1500 people participating throughout the day and evening.
The Monsters We Create
Saturday, February 24, 2018
One of the gems of our community is the MIT Press which publishes 220 books yearly, primarily focusing on science, technology and invention. It’s a special moment, however, when one book becomes a bit of a sensation.
Government Shutting Down
Monday, January 29, 2018
The federal budget is meant to be a reflection of the priorities of our nation. From February to the beginning of a new fiscal year in October, our shared budget is supposed to be first proposed by the President, then fleshed out by Congress, where each area of spending is debated openly through the passage of 12 distinct appropriations budgets.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Although 2018 has begun, early January remains a time for us here at Radius to reflect on the past semester and do some "catch-up"--on administrative work, reading, and assessment of what worked well during the Fall semester and what we can improve and/or adjust. January is also the time for intense planning for the semester. This current blizzard, though, is giving us an additional day of quiet: just the kind of day to catch up on podcasts.
Ryan Higgins, Radius and Episcopal Ministry Intern
Monday, November 13, 2017
Throughout much of our lives, we engage with symbols, big and small. Symbols are a source of depth and often tell stories in fewer words or no words at all. Examples vary from written or spoken metaphors to images heavy with historical weight.