MIT Media Lab

Blockchain is ready to completely transform the healthcare industry

Digital Ledger<p>Blockchain technology has played an important role in the rise of cryptocurrency, underpinning the likes of ether and bitcoin. A …

Bitcoin

Apple's Face ID: Good, Bad Or Insignificant?

I wrote last week that Apple’s new iPhones are not a big deal because they solve no new user problems. They are incremental extensions in look, feel and performance — not the revolutionary product leaps portrayed by Apple.<p>The iPhone franchise remains a big deal, however. As the flagship product of …

Machine Perception

Our dangerous, idiotic national conversation

At this shank end of a summer that a calmer America someday will remember with embarrassment, you must remember this: In the population of 325 …

Journalism

Here Are The First Hints Of How Facebook Plans To Read Your Thoughts

Back in April, at Facebook's annual developer conference, the company announced an ambitious — and very creepy! — plan to read its users' minds. …

Technology (Australia)

Using VR to Diagnose Concussions

Jamshid Ghajar once asked a NFL football “spotter”—a person who watches games for possible brain injuries—how he recognized a player with a …

U.S. Department of Defense

2017: The Year UX Found Its Conscience

The last year has demonstrated a sea change in design, as designers have created products that serve our deepest needs, rather than exploit them.<p>It’s been a bleak year. Chatbots went racist. News turned fake. And we’re beginning to reckon with the fact that all our addictive apps may be coming at a …

Why Banning Books Doesn’t Work

Complaints about the use of various technological tools in classrooms are similar to objections to the use of certain books. FEAR—fear that the tool …

Learning

Ex Oriente Make - Silvia Lindtner

<b>Silvia Lindtner:</b> Hello every­one. I’m super delight­ed and hon­ored to be here today. My name is Silvia Lindtner. As you might guess from my name I’m …

Innovation

A Fabric Piano that Brings Together Engineering, Design, Fashion and Music in One Interface

The FabricKeyboard is an experimental project at the intersection between engineering, design, fashion, and music. It is the first, sensor-rich, …

Engineering

Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)

Group Contact:<p>Group Website<br>• Other Press Inquiries<p>Article ResearchA byte to eatStudents grow food using tabletop greenhouses controlled by …

MIT

How Insecure Properly Lights Black Actors

For decades, photo and video equipment was designed and tested with only white subjects in mind. Lighting darker skin tones takes a different …

Fresh Truck Got a Facelift

Fresh Truck Now Carries Even More Healthy Food<p>The affordable market on wheels got a makeover.<p>September 18, 2017, 9:16 a.m.<p>Fresh Truck/Photo courtesy …

Boston

Vox Loves Programmatic; How Facebook Bargains With Regimes

<i>Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here.</i><p><b>Finding Religion</b><p>Vox Media is opening the door wide to programmatic ad …

Advertising Industry

Facial recognition: iPhone today, tomorrow the airport?

Jefferson Graham and Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY<p>SAN FRANCISCO — If the idea of unlocking a phone with your face seems creepy, you better get used to it.<p>Facial recognition is here, and it will only be more prevalent in the years to come.<p>Apple got the Internet talking this week about the possibilities …

Touch ID

An MIT Media Lab startup is creating beautiful wooden toys to teach children the basics of coding

Kimberly Smith was a master’s student in the MIT Media Lab’s social computing group when she first began dreaming up wooden toys to teach children how to code.<p>At the time, the lab was looking into small-scale solutions in education, agriculture, and transportation “that would make cities stronger …

Kids

Get Ready for EmTech MIT 2017: November 6-9, 2017 - MIT Technology Review

It’s hard to believe that our flagship technology event is gearing up for its 17th year this November. I feel lucky to say that this will be my sixth …

Innovation

Meet the 'food computer'

It's a mini AI-powered hothouse where UV light exposure can be carefully controlled to produce nutritious crops that taste great. Risto Mikkulainen …

New Zealand News

Who Will Build the Health-Care Blockchain? - MIT Technology Review

There are 26 different electronic medical records systems used in the city of Boston, each with its own language for representing and sharing data. …

Bitcoin

In A Creative Rut? Try MIT’s Mad Libs For Designers

It’s easy to get into a slump at work. But a tool from MIT Media Lab offers a simple way to spark inspiration through random–and often nonsensical–design prompts. The game offers up problems that you’d never see in the real world as a bit of mind-opening creative exercise. Think of it as Mad Libs …

Design

Who Regulates All These Health-Related Apps?

Want to improve your memory?<p>Track your sperm count from the comfort of your own home?<p>Advertisement<p>Advertisement<p>Take your temperature from your armpit?<p>…

Health

MIT’s Mad Libs For Designers Will Help Out Anyone With A Creative Block

Screenshot via design(human)design<p><b>It’s common to feel</b> jaded when you’re forced to be creative on a daily basis. Thankfully, MIT Media Lab has …

Design

New Affectiva cloud API helps machines understand emotions in human speech

Affectiva, the startup that spun out of the MIT Media Lab several years ago with tools designed to understand facial emotions, announced a new cloud API today that can detect a range of emotion in human speech.<p>When we speak, our voices offer subtle and not so subtle cues about our emotions. Whether …

Startups

The Next Big Thing: The New Products a Creative Needs in Her Life

Day to night, your never-ending imagination needs an outlet. What better way to fuel your ideas than with tech that will match your ingenuity? Whatever your medium, we've found the best ways to keep your artistic juices flowing.

Creativity

City Science Andorra

Andorra and the City Science research group at the MIT Media Lab are taking on the challenge of turning Andorra into an “Internationally Recognized …

MIT

Ignorance Feeds Curiosity. Curiosity Cures Ignorance.

Before you panic about fake news, consider this paradox.<p>Scientists have stepped up their investigations into fake news in recent months, and amid all the analyses, studies and meetings, some have raised the possibility that a lot of people simply don’t care whether the claims they embrace are true. …

Forbes Partners with MIT's Solve Initiative to Host Women@Forbes Under 30 Event Focused on Closing the Technology Gender Gap

<b>Event will kick off 2017 Forbes Under 30 Summit, October 1, at the MIT Media Lab in Boston</b><p><i>Speakers include Bozoma Saint John from Uber, Kathryn Finney of Digital Undivided, Emily Weiss of Glossier, Sarah Kunst of Proday, Ayah Bdeir from littleBits, John Sculley, Susan Ho and Leiti Hsu of</i> …

JPMorgan Chase & Co

Insights from Engaged Scholars: Ricarose Roque

Ricarose Roque interacting with students at the Tinkering Studio located in the Exploratorium, San Francisco. Photo © Exploratorium, …

Learning

Innovation by Design Awards 2017

Honorable Mentions<p>Autonomics<p>A concept by NewDealDesign that considers how autonomous, electric vehicles might change suburban and rural life.<p>See Credits<p>Cilllia<p>Created by the Tangible Media Group at MIT Media Lab, Cillia 3D prints dense hair structures with programmable functions.<p>See Credits<p>ElliQ<p>An …

Quantum Computing

Decentralized Social Networks Sound Great. Too Bad They’ll Never Work

Last year Jillian York, a free expression activist, was temporarily booted off Facebook for sharing partially nude images. The offending photos were …

Technology

Ecology, Evolution, and Engineering for Empowered Brains

Sponsored and run by members of the MIT Media Lab and the Empowered Brain Institute, <i>Ecology, Evolution, and Engineering for Empowered Brains</i> is an …

MIT