The semester has begun and with it the undergraduate ethics seminar that we co-host with MIT Philosophy. We are incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Abby Everett Jaques teaching the class this semester. Dr. Jaques received her PhD in Philosophy from MIT and is now teaching for the department. Her area of interest and research is the ethics of AI--certainly a timely and provocative issue.
#MeToo and Worker Power
Sunday, December 9, 2018
On Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm in Room 6-120, we will be hosting a conversation about #MeToo and worker power. It'll focus on last month's walkout at Google, and we'll be joined by one of the leading organizers of the walkout at the Google Cambridge office.
Looking Forward and Reflecting Back
Monday, November 26, 2018
As we return to campus following the Thanksgiving break, we here at Radius are grateful to have been able to catch our collective breath before heading into the last of the semester. As we enjoyed a few days to reflect and express gratitude for all we have and for the people in our lives, that circle includes the amazing array or speakers we've hosted this semester. In particular, the speakers for our series on the 2018 Elections provided invaluable insights into the election.
Probing the Ethics of Innovation
Saturday, November 3, 2018
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.
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.
Monday, April 30, 2018
If we’re not careful, we could end up with a lot of fancy Pringles stackers and no one who wants to buy Pringles.
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.
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.