Michael Morguarge

Faster Programs, Easier Programming

MIT News, 11/7/2016

Researchers from MIT’s CSAIL and Stony Brook University are researching ways to make using multi-core computers easier. They have created a method for describing, in general terms, the computation task desired, and then automatically converting this to a parallelized program. This makes it easier for domain experts (such as computational biologists or cybersecurity experts) to quickly write programs to support their research or tasks, without having to be parallel-programming experts as well.

Soft Robots That Mimic Human Muscles

EFPL News (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), 10/18/2016

An EFPL team is developing light robots called Soft Muscle, aiming to improve robot design. The EPFL team’s ultimate goal in developing Soft Muscle is to provide inexpensive exoskeleton designs that will assist in creating lighter, more flexible robots for any application.

How Virtual Reality is Being Used to Deliver Mental Health Care

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 10/11/2016

Through the use of VR (Virtual Reality), scientists seek to lower the cost and increase the availability of mental health care. They use VR technologies to help patients overcome their fears in a safe environment, by creating simulated situations that reproduce their fears. The availability of this treatment is increasing due to the lower costs of VR devices. The success of the VR experiments might potentially lead to higher quality and more accessible mental health care.

Contract Expiration to End U.S. Authority Over Internet IP Addresses

The Washington Post, 9/30/2016

The contract that specified the U.S. government’s oversight over Internet address assignment has expired and ICANN (an international NGO) now has full control. ICANN holds the responsibility to protect the integrity, freedom, and security of the domain name system and IP address assignment. ICANN’s decisions thus have the potential to affect the communications of Internet users around the world.