Our Future with AI

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Ready or not, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly being integrated into our lives.

For readers who are new to AI, it is “intelligence exhibited by machines.” One application of AI, called Machine Learning, is based on the approach of letting computers, or machines, learn for themselves by giving them access to data–lots of it.

So, as we go about our day surfing the Internet–searching and browsing content and products, the machines quietly learn, in the background, Continue reading

MITCNC Energy & Environment Team Won the 2016 Great Dome Award

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For those not familiar with this award (formerly known as the Presidential Citation), the Great Dome Award is the highest honor the MIT Alumni Association bestows upon any of its organizations, given to groups in recognition of distinguished service to the Institute or the Association.

This year, MITCNC Energy & Environment Team has been recognized for “the Club’s impressive level of success on its mission Continue reading

MITCNC Membership up 50%, According to FY 2015/16 Report

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Doug Spreng, MITCNC President

At the end of our first fiscal quarter, MITCNC membership units were 1,037, up 50% from same quarter last year. And, there’s still 9 months to go in this fiscal year. Congrats, MITCNC!

So how did we achieve these great results?

In this interview, club president Doug Spreng shared his insight with MITCNC Blog. Continue reading

Humans, Automation, and the Future of Work: A Reading List*

There has been a flood of books on this topic in the last year or two, so I decided to compile a list. I have read roughly a third of the books listed below (and hope to get through some of the others in due course.)

From what I have read (in these books and the general technogy/business media coverage over the last two years or so), the main arguments seem to broadly fall into one of three categories:

[1] We are all doomed, because there will be no work left for any of us in a few decades.

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[2] There is nothing to worry about. New kinds of jobs (that we cannot even imagine today) will be created, and we will all be fine.

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Envision Ventures Partner Talks CleanTech; Why and How He Funds Startups

Dan Ahn, Managing Partner at Envision Ventures

Dan Ahn, Managing Partner at Envision Ventures

Recently, MITCNC hosted a forum entitled Multiple Ways to Fund Your Clean Energy Startup. Numerous experts provided CleanTech entrepreneurs with new ideas to fund their companies. Some of the alternative funding sources included: angels, private equity, corporate venture funds, federal or state grants, international venture investors, and prizes.

We’re pleased to invite Dan Ahn, Partner of Envision Ventures and a panel speaker, to share additional thoughts on the panel discussion, as well as the partnership he seeks and builds with his portfolio companies.

Anna: Welcome, Dan! Why did many CleanTech startups fail over the past years?

Dan: Good question. Let me start with a “historical” perspective: “CleanTech,” from an institutional investor perspective, has been a dirty word. Continue reading