In the Media

  • On AI and Jobs, We Are All Augmentarians Now

    Forbes -- 06/08/2018

    But there is a tension at the heart of this automation vs. augmentation debate that wasn’t really addressed at the conference. There was much discussion, for example, of the need for workers to continually renew their skills, and advocacy for that old chestnut “lifelong learning.” Joseph Aoun, the President of Northeastern University, was particularly strong on this issue (as he writes in his book Robot Proof). But the fact that we’ve been talking about lifelong learning for a long time without it really taking off suggests that it requires substantial attention and motivation on the part of the prospective learners.

  • New research shows that red flag gun laws save lives, but they stop suicides, not mass shootings

    USA Today -- 06/05/2018

    Four mass shootings since last October, each with double-digit death tolls, has us all searching for solutions. Although the venues were varied — two high schools, a Texas church and an open-air music festival — the common denominator to these massacres is, of course, the use of firearms and an ample supply of ammunition.

  • Stockton’s bold basic income program will test what people do with free money

    San Diego Union-Tribune -- 06/05/2018

    A Gallup and Northeastern University poll of 3,297 Americans released earlier this year found 48 percent supported universal basic income and 52 percent opposed it. But the concept does have the support of such influential figures as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk who believes it will be necessary as a result of jobs being displaced by more and more automation.

  • Suspect in six Arizona shootings attacked victims tied to his divorce, police say

    The Washington Post -- 06/05/2018

    Enzo Yaksic, a criminal profiler and founder of Atypical Homicide Research Group at Northeastern University in Boston, said serial killers are generally motivated by a desire for revenge — “angry and resentful individuals who believe they are settling a grievance for perceived or actual wrongs and blame others and the systems they represent for their problems.”…

  • Want to robot-proof your job? Here are some tips from experts in the field.

    MIT Technology Review -- 06/05/2018

     Joseph Aoun, the president of Northeastern University and author of Robot Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, thinks that continuing to learn over time will be “essential” for humans as AI changes the workplace. He also advocates experiential education, such as sending students on long-term internships where they can do creative work and research.

  • Donald Trump falsely claims opioid numbers way down after $6 billion in new spending

    PolitiFact -- 05/31/2018

    “Fewer prescriptions have not translated into lower overdoses,” said the article’s author Northeastern University opioid researcher Leo Beletsky. “Quite the opposite.”…

  • Walmart Chooses Three Colleges Where Its Employees Can Study For $1 a Day

    EdSurge -- 05/31/2018

    Sean Gallagher, founder and executive director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy, sees it as part of a “competition for talent” at a time of low unemployment. Employers like Walmart and Starbucks typically have high employee turnover, and they know that training new workers is expensive. So education benefits can provide an incentive for workers to stick around.

  • Scott Pruitt’s desk is more impressive than yours

    The Conversation -- 05/31/2018

    Allegations of misconduct during Scott Pruitt’s tenure as head of the Environmental Protection Agency share a common theme: ambitious displays of power and authority, says Charn McAllister, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizational Development, Northeastern University.

  • For ‘Columbiners,’ School Shootings Have a Deadly Allure

    The New York Times -- 05/30/2018

    “Maybe he got the trench coat idea from Columbine, but not the will to kill,” said James Alan Fox, who is a criminology professor at Northeastern University in Boston and who studies mass shootings. “Seeing someone else do something won’t take a perfectly happy individual and make him decide to pick up a gun and go shoot students.”…

  • Could The Death Penalty Come Back To The Commonwealth?

    WGBH -- 05/29/2018

    Capital punishment in general is rarely used across the country and isn’t legal in 11 other states besides Massachusetts. WGBH legal analyst and Northeastern law professor Daniel Medwed tells Morning Edition that there’s good reason capital punishment is becoming less frequent because executions are sometimes mishandled and there are troubling trends that show race and geography heavily influence when a death penalty is issued.

  • Who Are The Real Data Center Transformers?

    Forbes -- 05/29/2018

    Grace Hopper, known for her accomplishments as a computer scientist and high-ranking naval officer, stated back in 1965 that “Someday, on the corporate balance sheet, there will be an entry which reads, ‘Information’; for in most cases, the information is more valuable than the hardware which processes it.” According to Northeastern University research, an estimated 2.5 exabytes (that is 1 billion gigabytes) of data are generated every day, presenting businesses with an opportunity to monetize and mobilize data in innovative ways.

  • For the Elderly Who Are Lonely, Robots Offer Companionship

    The Wall Street Journal -- 05/29/2018

    “Robots that help people connect with and maintain their relationships with others are becoming increasingly important,” says Timothy Bickmore, a professor at Northeastern University who is developing a digital assistant to help the elderly navigate the final stages of life.