MIT Media Lab had a party on Saturday in Austin, Texas, at the South by Southwest festival to "showcase exciting media innovation projects" along with the Knight Foundation and Mozilla. But much of the buzz around the event wasn't related to the digital frontier -- it was focused on the event's wristbands, which were criticized as "sexist." South by Southwest -- or SXSW for...
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Web snooping busybodies may be a pain in the butt, but they serve a useful purpose, according to MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito.
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After solemnly paying his respects at the memorial dedicated to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, British Prime Minister David Cameron traveled this morning to MIT’s storied Media Lab, where he shared laughs with budding inventors and entrepeneurs. “So how many different bits are there to the media lab?” Cameron asked as he stepped into the robotics laboratory and...
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MIT’s high-tech Media Lab is being blasted for tin-eared insensitivity after raunchy wristbands were handed out Saturday at the door of a party the lab hosted at the South by Southwest interactive art and technology conference.Partygoers at the Parish Underground in Austin, Texas, were given wristbands with slogans such as: “That’s a nice dress. It would look great on my...
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In the comics, when Peter Park was bitten by the radioactive spider that made him Spider-Man, he gained superpowers that gave him the speed, strength, and agility of a spider. But that's not all - he also gained a "spider-sense" that allowed him to tell when something was about to hit him that he couldn't see. And if Victor Mateevitsi, a PhD candidate at the University of...
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Friends, family and colleagues memorialized computer activist Aaron Swartz and put MIT's role in his prosecution front and center on Tuesday afternoon at MIT Media Lab.
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MIT has unveiled a beautiful, efficient and only mildly terrifying robotic cheetah. Like the version built by Boston Dynamics last year, the metal animal is able to power itself to remarkable speeds using four legs - albeit only on a treadmill. The MIT Cheetah is not as fast as Boston Dynamics' effort, but is more efficient and crucially can carry its own power supply. MIT...
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Robot bartenders aren’t new, but they tend to be more drink vending machine than cool mixologist. To inject a little panache, researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab in collaboration with Coca-Cola and Bacardi Rum have developed Makr Shakr – a robot drink-mixing system that made its debut at the Google I/O annual developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday as the...
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A neat research project to place computer interfaces on virtually any physical object has been shown off in Paris. Engadget has a full report on the MIT Media Lab's idea from the CHI 2013 conference. The aim is to map software onto objects like door locks and radios, using an iPad and a small transceiver. The result is that users can control virtually anything by using their...
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In 2007, after 6 years of PhD work, I arrived at the McGovern Institute at MIT, a mecca for neuroscience research. Nobel laureates roamed the halls. Brilliant MIT undergrads competed to work in your lab. Crews from CBS showed up to interview you. I should have been ecstatic! Instead, I was miserable. How did this happen?
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