Mobility patterns influence how we experience income segregation in our cities

Mobility patterns influence how we experience income segregation in our cities

Economic segregation isn’t just limited to neighborhoods; it’s part of the places you visit every day. In a world of increasing urbanization, migration, and mobility, cities are becoming the epicenter of social life. Diverse populations and social cohesion are crucial for sustainable urban development, but cities face rising segregation and inequality. These two forces can…

Lockdowns reveal inequities in opportunities for walking activities

Lockdowns reveal inequities in opportunities for walking activities

(By Stephanie M. McPherson) Lockdowns saved lives during the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. But as much as they have slowed the spread of Covid-19, there have been some unintended consequences. New research from the MIT Connection Science Group shows that lockdowns in ten metropolitan areas throughout the United States led to a marked reduction in walking.…

Job connectivity improves resiliency in U.S. cities

Job connectivity improves resiliency in U.S. cities

What makes urban labor markets more resilient? This is the question at the heart of a new study published in Nature Communications by members of MIT’s Connection Science Group. The researchers in this study, including MIT research scientist and Universidad Carlos III (Spain) Professor Esteban Moro; University of Pittsburgh professor and former MIT postdoc Morgan Frank, MIT…

MIT researchers publish new study on social learning dynamics

MIT researchers publish new study on social learning dynamics

Prof. Sandy Pentland (Media Lab and IDSS) and Prof. Joshua Tenenbaum (Brain and Cognitive Sciences) are among the co-authors of “Bayesian collective learning emerges from heuristic social learning” to be published in the July 2021 edition of Cognition. The paper draws on data from eToro, a social financial trading tool and sheds new light on how…

MIT Connection Science Group: Reforming Global Trade, Finance, and Governance

MIT Connection Science Group: Reforming Global Trade, Finance, and Governance

MIT Connection Science, in collaboration with the World Leadership Alliance and the Boston Global Forum, is working to bring about a new paradigm in global trade, finance, and governance systems. With tools to securely collect, share, and analyze data, governments and communities can build better systems for health, monetary exchange, economic development, trade, and more. Global…

A New Social Contract for the AI Age

A New Social Contract for the AI Age

MIT Professors Sandy Pentland and Nazli Choucri joined global leaders at the AI World Society in September in developing the first ever social contract for the AI age. The effort is designed to foster positive social outcomes from the use of AI and to build an inclusive society across politics, government, economics, business and industry.

New Publication in Nature Offers Suggested Approach to Safely Reopening

New Publication in Nature Offers Suggested Approach to Safely Reopening

A new article published August 5 in Nature Human Behaviour integrates anonymized real-time mobility data with census and demographic data to model COVID-19 transmission in the Boston area. The authors, including Esteban Moro, Visiting Professor in the Media Lab and IDSS, and Professor Sandy Pentland of MIT’s Connection Science Group, found that a period of…