Upcoming Events
Frequent and varied events—such as lectures, colloquia, symposia, and workshops—play an active role in the continuing vitality and momentum of the Media Lab.
Oct 05 15 12:00am - Jun 30 16 12:00am
Jerome Wiesner in the Lobby of the Wiesner building

Jerry Wiesner was the quintessential Renaissance man. The breadth of his interests and achievements made him an iconic figure, not only for MIT, but also for the world. During his long career he became an expert in microwave theory, communications science, and engineering, figuring prominently in the development of radar while at MIT’s Radiation Laboratory during WWII. Years later, as science advisor to President John F. Kennedy, he played a critical role in de-escalating the arms race and gaining ratification for the partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

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Feb 12 16 9:00am - Aug 12 16 5:00pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
May 31 16 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Webcasts of events in the MLTalks series are live captioned for the hearing impaired, and Audio Assist Devices are available for those attending in person; please email events [at] media [dot] mit [dot] edu for more information.

All talks at the Media Lab, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.
This talk will be webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter: #MLTalks

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Jun 05 16 11:20am - 11:40am
Valentin Heun
Augmented World Expo

Currently, we use Augmented Reality mainly to superimpose virtual content within the physical space. As such we build applications to extend the Graphical User Interface into the physical space. But when used correctly, Augmented Reality (AR) can serve as a portal that seamlessly connects our physical and virtual realities. The physical world can become a new computing interface that allows us to externalize our ideas into physical/digital actions.

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Jun 06 16 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Dr. Cynthia Breazeal

The STI Forum is a component of the technology facilitation mechanism agreed on by the UN Member States in Addis Ababa last July and launched at the UN Summit in New York last September. The Forum will discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Cynthia Breazeal will be one of three speakers in Session 4: Transformative Technologies for the SDGs.

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Jun 07 16 8:30am - Jun 08 16 11:55pm
A picture of Brian Forde
Singularity University

Exponential Finance is an intensive two-day conference that brings together a select group of leading executives, investors, and entrepreneurs from around the globe to explore how exponential technologies are impacting business and our economy.

Artificial intelligence, digital currencies, robotics, nanotechnologies, crowdfunding, and computing systems–together we’ll explore how these and other technology forces are rapidly reshaping the way we do business.

Come explore and prepare for the many opportunities and impacts thrust on the world economy.

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Jun 07 16 9:30am - 10:30am
Kent Larson
EmTech Hong Kong

Accelerating urban expansion demands resilient urban design; cities must be simultaneously livable and adaptable. Networks of compact integrated neighborhoods connected by mobility-on-demand pathways offer a vision for cities where residences, offices, shops, and parks are always within a 20-minute walk; where affordable, convenient, shared-use light electric vehicles replace private cars; where congestion and local sources of air pollution are essentially eliminated; and where powerful new applications improve life for each resident, all while allowing for continued development and growth.

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Jun 08 16 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Sputniko!, artist, designer, assistant professor at MIT Media Lab
Katia Vega, Nan Zhao, Cindy Kao, Xin Liu, and Viirg Kan, members of the techstyle ML group at the MIT Media Lab

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Jun 09 16 6:00pm - 9:00pm

TEDxCambridge celebrates the remarkable innovation, creativity, and inspiration found within New England and beyond, showcasing insights in science, design, technology, business, education, and the arts. Our speakers tackle humanity’s toughest questions, answering with innovation, enterprise, and enduring optimism. We seek to highlight ideas that inspire people to change their lives and communities.

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Aug 31 16 9:00am - 5:00pm

Because of their potential to assist and entertain children, social robots are increasingly being developed and studied as companions for children in education, therapy, entertainment, healthcare, and more. In most of these domains, a single interaction between a robot and a child is insufficient to achieve the desired goal (e.g., to increase learning gains or promote behavior change). Therefore, researchers in the field are faced with the challenge of developing robust and autonomous robots capable of interacting with children over weeks, months, or even years.

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