Understanding and empowering human networks

The Laboratory for Social Machines is a new initiative, based at the Media Lab, focusing on the development of new technologies to make sense of semantic and social patterns across the broad span of public mass media, social media, data streams, and digital content. Pattern discovery and data visualization will be explored to reveal interaction patterns and shared interests in relevant social systems, while collaborative tools and mobile apps will be developed to enable new forms of public communication and social organization. A main goal for Social Machines will be to create new platforms for both individuals and institutions to identify, discuss, and act on pressing societal problems.

The Laboratory for Social Machines is a new initiative, based at the Media Lab, focusing on the development of new technologies to make sense of semantic and social patterns across the broad span of public mass media, social media, data streams, and digital content. Pattern discovery and data visualization will be explored to reveal interaction patterns and shared interests in relevant social systems, while collaborative tools and mobile apps will be developed to enable new forms of public communication and social organization. A main goal for Social Machines will be to create new platforms for both individuals and institutions to identify, discuss, and act on pressing societal problems.