News from the MIT Media Lab
Affective Computing researchers Terumi Umematsu, Akane Sano, Sara Taylor, and @RosalindPicard won the Best Paper Award at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI).
RT @ajmoralesguzman: Nice article converting the work of us who speak and think in Spanish at the @medialab
Citizen science with @NASAGO—how taking photos with your smartphone can help improve the accuracy of satellite data.
The MIT Colombian Association is @MITGradStudents’ 2019 Organization of the Year! Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar (@civicMIT) is president of the association; Samantha Gutierrez-Arango (Biomechatronics) and Isabella Loaiza-Saa (Human Dynamics) are officers.
“We have a mission here.” Learn what’s next for alum @wakeupsilver at @EdSurge.
“Learning how to learn is the most important skill.” @techreview reports on Inventive Minds: Marvin Minsky on Education, a collection of his essays on education with commentary by his students and colleagues, and illustrations by alum Xiao Xiao.
“I use inspiration from sci-fi, and creative processes from film and animation to create technologies that will one day help us explore other planets.” Voyage LA profiles @SpaceEnabled student @Galactic_Tacos.
“Ink is such a powerful medium to connect with people.” @FluidInterfaces alum @touchaddict talks to @SmithsonianMag about AIR-INK, which turns pollution into something useful and beautiful. On display at the @cooperhewitt/@CubeDesignM #designtriennial.
Next Friday, alum Xiao Xiao, Cynthia Solomon, and Hal Abelson discuss their colleague Marvin Minsky’s writings on education, mentorship, and more, in Inventive Minds: Marvin Minsky on Education. #MLTalks
RT @MIT_Quest: "Our faces may well be the final frontier of privacy." @medialab's @jovialjoy joined legal scholars, privacy advocates and o…
Submit a nomination for the $250,000 #DisobedienceAward. Tell us who's making a difference by breaking the rules!
RT @glimpsepodcast: We're proud to present the first of 2 episodes with @eboyden3. Ed was recently elected to the National Academy of Scien…
“Always do your best work, always create beauty, and people will appreciate it.” Last March, alum @wakeupsilver talked to The Limit Does Not Exist about creativity, invention literacy, and the power of unlearning. #TBT
Electronic music pioneer Robert Moog was born #OnThisDay in 1934. Responsive Environments head Joe Paradiso explained the workings of his synthesizers to @arstechnica in 2014, for the 50th anniversary of Moog’s most famous invention, the Moog synthesizer.
RT @MIT: “You have to integrate the ethics piece at every point,” says research assistant Blakeley Payne of her work developing a curriculu…
“It’s crucial that we teach children how they can use technology to become informed and empowered citizens.” Hal Abelson talks about @MITAppInventor, a visual programming language for smartphones and tablets that has over 1 million active users per month.
Starting now! @civicMIT PhD student @jovialjoy will testify at a Congressional hearing on the impact of facial recognition tech on our civil rights and liberties with other experts in the field.
RT @60Minutes: Will cryptocurrencies someday be mainstream, just as important as email? MIT’s Neha Narula thinks it’s possible…
“Never quit trying if you really believe what you’re doing is important and needs to be done.” Affective Computing head @RosalindPicard talks to @computersociety for their series on careers in computing.
“Agriculture is turning from atoms into bits.” On @BNNBloomberg’s Power Shift, @calebgrowsfood talks about how machine learning can help improve the flavor of basil and other plants, and why @MITOpenAg is committed to open source.
Thursday at 6pm, come to the opening reception of “Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute,” an exploration of climate change by local artists, including PhD student Laura Perovich and alum Dietmar Offenhuber. Free and open to the public.
“There’s more to our knowledge than the knowledge we use to make things.” @cesifoti talks to @IHubRadio about cultural knowledge, and how our collective memories form and fade.
On May 31, join us at the Lab or via livestream for an #MLTalks conversation about #AI pioneer Marvin Minsky, with alum Xiao Xiao, Cynthia Solomon, and Hal Abelson.
RT @MIT_JoDS: For @MIT_JoDS Issue 7: Algorithmic Rights and Protections for Children, @Joi, @mizuko, & @candice_odgers are calling for subm…
“Designing for decay.” Aguahoja II, a collection of functional, biodegradable biopolymers created by the Mediated Matter group, is on display as part of the @cooperhewitt/@CubeDesignM #designtriennial exhibition, Nature.
RT @60Minutes: Will cryptocurrencies someday be mainstream, just as important as email? MIT’s Neha Narula thinks it’s possible…
“My work has always been less about democracy and more about making common. It’s a little bit like how clean air is not necessarily trying to democratize air; it’s trying to make it clean for everybody.” Nicholas Negroponte talks to @e_flux.
By 2050, nearly a quarter of the world’s population will be over the age of 60—but too many digital interfaces and physical devices are designed without the needs of the elderly, or of anyone with physical limitations, in mind. Don Norman has had enough.
Tomorrow night, @60Minutes interviews a range of cryptocurrency users and experts, from the man who famously made the first real-world Bitcoin transaction (10,000 BTC for pizza) to @mitDCI head @neha.
Enjoy a virtual tour of the Wiesner Building, which I.M. Pei designed with his son Sandi. The building was designed as a gateway to the MIT campus and as a home for nine different academic programs associated with emerging technologies.
“It is the smallest, but most challenging and most interesting building I worked on at MIT.” In 1985, I.M. Pei described the creation of the Wiesner Building at MIT, a unique collaboration between the legendary architect and 3 artists. 📸Steve Rosenthal
Why is disobedience necessary? What does thoughtful, ethical disobedience mean in 2019? Get inspired and submit a nomination:
“How can entertainment encourage citizens to take a more sympathetic and empathetic view, while modelling things like police reforms through civic action?” Anushka Shah and Roohi Bhatia look at #CivicEntertainment and #DelhiCrime.
The San Francisco city council has voted to ban city agencies and the police from using facial recognition tech. Research by @jovialjoy, the @ACLU, and others has raised serious concerns about the technology’s accuracy and potential for abuse.
We are so proud of @MITprg PhD student @randi_c1, who was chosen as one of MIT’s Unsung Heroes for 2019. This award recognizes an undergraduate and a graduate student who have shown leadership, commitment, and dedication to the MIT community.
Congratulations to @SpaceEnabled student @neilsgaikwad, who won the 2019 Karl Taylor Compton Prize—MIT’s highest award for students and student organizations.
RT @blakeleyhpayne: We'll be hosting a workshop for middle school kids on the #ethical design of #AI this summer at @mit @medialab, in coll…
RT @MIT: I.M. Pei '40, master architect who designed the Green Building and the @medialab at MIT, dies at the age of 102.…
RT @MIT_ISTnews: This is a good reminder to make sure your operating system is up-to-date with the latest patches! Even better, enable auto…
“Could we combine what people do best, such as creative and intuitive thinking, with what computers do best? Could this whole be better than the sum of its parts?” Watch @FluidInterfaces student Arnav Kapur’s talk from #TED2019.
RT @vpalacin: Finals are over and what best way to celebrate than hobby horse riding at @civicMIT ? ...The horse is now left at the civic l…
Whose acts of conscience, of defiance, of determination inspire you? Whose courage and optimism is effecting change in a broken system? Nominate them for a #DisobedienceAward:
Research from @scalablecoop suggests "#AI has the potential to reshape skill demands, career opportunities, and the distribution of workers," but poor data on worker skills, resilience, and geographical differences hinder efforts to see the full picture.
RT @Joi: Submit a nomination for the 2019 Media Lab #DisobedienceAward! It's never been more important to recognize acts of nonviolent, res…
Nominations are now open for the 2019 Media Lab #DisobedienceAward! This $250,000 prize recognizes nonviolent, responsible, impact-driven acts of disobedience, and is open to individuals and groups in any field. Learn more and submit a nomination:
RT @MITevents: 3 PM: 🎬 "The Human Element" Film Screening - It tells the story of ordinary Americans dealing with the results of the feedb…
Tune into the livestream of “Capacity Building and Transfer of Marine Technology,” a panel discussion with @KatyCroffBell and other experts at @IocUnesco’s #OceanDecade event, starting at 11:40am Central European Summer Time.
RT @ExploreSpace_ML: Lunar surface, here we come! Announcing today with @jeffbezos our MIT and @medialab plans for payload development on @…
RT @MITOpenAg: If you are in #NYC or #London come check out our #foodcomputer #pfcedu exhibits @cooperhewitt @BarbicanCentre @V_and_A #desi…
In @cjr, @EthanZ and collaborators at @sciencespo and @i_montaigneEN consider how French media realities differ from those in the US. "The media in the US is breaking apart from left to right…but media in France is breaking from top to bottom."
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