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 15 16 9:00am - Sep 04 17 5:00pm
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

As Earth's closest celestial body and only natural satellite, the moon has engaged our curiosity and imagination over millennia and across cultures. Contemporary artists use the moon as both a source of inspiration and investigation. Lunar Attraction features artworks and interactives that explore our longstanding fascination and connection with the moon, ranging from myths about the connection between werewolves and the full moon to the gravitational pull that controls Earth's tides to the 21st-century international race to build a base on the moon.

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Dec 06 16 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Esra'a Al Shafei
The MIT Media Lab Director's Fellows Program

Join us for a conversation with human rights activist Esra'a Al Shafei and Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media, as they talk about activism in the Middle East, some of the civic tech initiatives coming out of the region, how they expand beyond just government transparency projects (music, LGBT applications, etc.), and the relevance of fostering homegrown initiatives vs. adopting external influences.

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Dec 07 16 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Joi Ito
Facebook

Joi will be taking questions about his new book, WHIPLASH: How to Survive Our Faster Future, co-authored by Jeff Howe. 

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Dec 08 16 8:00am - Dec 09 16 5:00pm
Queensland College of Art, South Brisbane, Australia
Natalie Rusk, Research Scientist, Lifelong Kindergarten
Queensland College of Art

Natalie Rusk will be one of the keynote speakers at CreateWorld 2016.

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Dec 08 16 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Aeronaut Brewing Co., Somerville, MA

Alum Jeffrey Warren, in collaboration with the MIT Alumni Association, is hosting an event to invite attendees to hack and help scale his fledgling nonprofit, Public Lab. Jeffrey will moderate a panel that includes J. Nathan Matias, Catherine D'Ignazio, and others, lead a hands-on demo of his nonprofit's work, and organize breakout sessions.

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Dec 09 16 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Head of the Opera of the Future group Tod Machover has been a co-curator of “Generation Elsewhere: Art in the Age of Distraction," a national series of events investigating the impact of 21st-century technologies on artists, arts institutions, and arts audiences. The final event in the series will be a debate about art and technology, co-hosted by Tod at the Media Lab with Michael Kaiser’s DeVos Institute for Arts Management and the University of Maryland.

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Dec 15 16 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hiroshi Ishii
IEEE/SICE

TRANSFORM: Beyond Pixels, Towards Radical Atoms

Whereas today's mainstream Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research addresses functional concerns – the needs of users, practical applications, and usability evaluation – Tangible Bits and Radical Atoms are driven by vision. This is because today's technologies will become obsolete in one year, and today's applications will be replaced in 10 years, but true visions – we believe – can last longer than 100 years.

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Jan 13 17 6:30pm - 9:30pm
The MIT Campaign for a Better World

You are invited to save the date for an evening in celebration of MIT, our vibrant community in the London area, and our mission to build a better world. We hope you will join us to connect with friends old and new and to hear from President L. Rafael Reif as he shares his vision for the future of MIT.

Additional details to follow.

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Jan 21 17 8:00am - 9:00am
Las Vegas, Nevada

Years ago, Rosalind Picard's research group at the Media Lab set out to give computers skills of emotional intelligence, and built the first wearable technology to automatically recognize changes in human emotion. As they shrunk the sensors and made them able to be worn 24/7, they started to discover surprising findings. For example, their data indicated that “autonomic activity” measured through a sweat response was more specific than researchers thought, with patterns related to different kinds of brain activity.

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Jan 31 17 8:40am - 3:00pm
The Moscone Center, San Francisco, California

8:40am: Near-to-eye electroholography via guided-wave acousto-optics for augmented reality
This paper depicts a fully monolithic, integrated optical platform for transparent near-to-eye holographic display requiring no supporting optics. The solution employs a guided-wave acousto-optic spatial light modulator implemented in lithium niobate in conjunction with an integrated Bragg-regime reflection volume hologram.

11:00am: Progress in fabrication of waveguide spatial light modulators via femtosecond laser micromachining

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