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MIT's robo-cheetah autonomously runs and jumps over obstacles

The mechanical cat makes essentially the same calculations a human does in determining the size of an obstacle, the distance away, where to land the first footfall, when to begin the jump, what body parts to move in the jump, and when and how to land on the other side. That is a lot of calculations to do in very little time. The robo-cheetah does it all in about 100 milliseconds. 

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The top news stories for Feb. 4, 2015.

MIT's new data visualization tool identifies, removes aberrant results

By combining human ability with computerized capabilities, problems in the analysis can be found faster. MIT's tool allows the human to quickly identify aberrant results and even reconfigure the visualization without them. 

Daimler Trucks North America connects the dots with truck sensors and service apps

Every Daimler Trucks North America truck sold over the last two years has been equipped with a sensor that sends information about the truck to the company's call center if it detects an abnormality, said Dieter Haban, chief information officer of Daimler Trucks North America, during a panel at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

Are you ready for the Second Machine Age?

I sat in on an interesting session Wednesday morning at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium being held in Cambridge, Mass., involving four MIT professors sharing their work and insights on the frontier between humans and machines.

Berkeley professor: We've had big data privacy issues since 1970s

Last week UC Berkeley held a daylong workshop on "Big Data: Values and Governance." It was yet one more example of how discussions pertaining to big data use and related privacy issues are increasingly being held publicly rather than behind closed doors. And this is as it should be.

White House, MIT talk big data privacy at workshop

Apparently President Obama's call for a review of privacy issues was not just sound byte fodder for cable news as the effort is underway on several fronts. On March 3, the White House and MIT will cohost a day long workshop to address and explore the issues.

MIT debuts online big data course for tech pros

Looking to develop your big data skills or improve upon them--but not so happy about the idea of pursuing another degree? Then you may be happy to hear that MIT is offering an online big data course for tech pros. It runs from March 4 to April 1 and costs $495.

Is anonymity already a lost cause?

The greater the amount of personal data that becomes available, the more informative the data gets.

ISACA issues guidance on big data governance

"Proper use of big data goes beyond collecting and analyzing large quantities of data; it also requires understanding how and when to use the data in making crucial decisions," ISACA said.