PlusMinus

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the issue

Ride-sharing, social media, artificial intelligence are examples of socially-beneficial, net-positive technologies that have shown us a dark side of a move fast, break things ethos. In visible and invisible ways, these technologies have also had unanticipated—and disproportionately—negative impact on some of society’s most disempowered citizens.

the project

The Media Lab is increasingly under demand—and uniquely positioned—to give researchers and industry partners a collaborative platform to explore the tradeoffs of the technologies shaping our lives. PlusMinus is that platform. 

PlusMinus is activating the broader Media Lab community to radically re-cast the maker process and sharpen focus on equity and inclusion in the development, scale, and impact of our technologies.  Of particular interest is enabling projects that repair or mitigate negative impact (or potentially negative impact) of technologies already deployed, and projects that examine the design, critique, and build processes of new technologies to be more equitable and resilient. 

the goal

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the issue

Ride-sharing, social media, artificial intelligence are examples of socially-beneficial, net-positive technologies that have shown us a dark side of a move fast, break things ethos. In visible and invisible ways, these technologies have also had unanticipated—and disproportionately—negative impact on some of society’s most disempowered citizens.

the project

The Media Lab is increasingly under demand—and uniquely positioned—to give researchers and industry partners a collaborative platform to explore the tradeoffs of the technologies shaping our lives. PlusMinus is that platform. 

PlusMinus is activating the broader Media Lab community to radically re-cast the maker process and sharpen focus on equity and inclusion in the development, scale, and impact of our technologies.  Of particular interest is enabling projects that repair or mitigate negative impact (or potentially negative impact) of technologies already deployed, and projects that examine the design, critique, and build processes of new technologies to be more equitable and resilient. 

the goal

PlusMinus gives academic and financial support to Media Lab research focused on equity of impact, social justice, and/or inclusive design. We connect sponsors, advisors and experts outside the lab to researchers who are committed to including PlusMinus  as part of their responsible research practice, with a spectrum of perspectives and  experience. Events and seminars, outside speakers, fellowships, and project collaborations are the collective glue that holds our unique community together.

the people

PlusMinus is led by Mike Bove and Hildreth England. Advice and support are provided by Kevin Esvelt (Sculpting Evolution), Danielle Wood (Space Enabled), Ethan Zuckerman (Civic Media), Andy Lippman (Viral Communications), and Iyad Rahwan (Scalable Cooperation), with support from the Media Arts and Sciences Academic Program.