shift+OPEN: Flip a journal to OA
The MIT Press announces new initiative to flip existing subscription-based journals to a diamond open access publishing model. shift+OPEN will catalyze needed change in journals publishing and increase the reach of academic scholarship. shift+OPEN is generously supported by the Arcadia Fund.
New releases for March
This month: a concise history of fertility tools and their ethical and social implications, an exploration of how human behavior brought the world to the brink—and how it can save us, a study of how technology reinforces inequality, and more.
“Black Panther before Black Panther“
Of One Blood by Pauline Hopkins is #1 on the New York Times list of notable 20th-century books by Black authors. “It’s got something for everyone: Black sci-fi, a passing narrative, a back-to-Africa plot, and a plantation ghost story,” says Eve Dunbar, Professor of English at Vassar College.
Winners of Grant Program for Diverse Voices announced
The grants expand funding for authors whose work brings diverse and chronically underrepresented perspectives to scholarship in the arts, humanities, and sciences.
Celebrating World Wildlife Day
This year for World Wildlife Day, we highlight wildlife both big and small—from the great American bison to the humble snail. As our planet continues to warm, more and more species find themselves at risk of extinction. But in spite of the dire circumstances, we still find reasons to hope: wildlife recovery efforts around the world are making an impact and aiding species in defying the odds of extinction.
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Spotlight: Vaclav Smil
Vaclav Smil is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of forty books, including New York Times bestseller How the World Really Works and Energy and Civilization, published by the MIT Press. In 2010 he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. Bill Gates says, “there is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil.”
With the publication of his latest and most readable book, Invention and Innovation, Smil offers an insightful and fact-filled jaunt through the history of human invention.
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AI chatbot ChatGPT mirrors its users to appear intelligent
In new paper published in the MIT Press journal Neural Computation, neuroscientist Terrence Sejnowski explores how artificial intelligence language models, like the popular ChatGPT chatbot, can further our understanding of the human brain.Friday March 17, 2023