Our winners reflect the hopes that led to the award in the first place. Drs Hanna-Attisha and Edwards are scientists who became activists
"We must provide a mechanism for civil society to be informed and engaged in the way in which algorithms are used."
Learn more about the MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award
The Technology and Public Purpose Project sponsored an event to explore how new, ethical technologies can be developed.
On January 26, 2017, the Media Lab held a symposium to celebrate the life and ideas of Seymour Papert. Here are some photos and comments
Joi Ito's latest WIRED Ideas story tackles academic profit margins, impact factors, and the Open Access movement.
MIT's Media Lab honored Deborah Swackhamer in its 2018 Disobedience Awards for speaking out about official meddling.
The 2017 and 2018 fires in California were the air quality equivalent of the Daiichi nuclear disaster.
A selection of recent press coverage on the MIT Media Lab's second annual Disobedience Award ceremony.
AI tools can absolutely make systems more equitable and fair, but they won’t succeed without our help.
Jan Fuller is an expert in digital forensics: investigating and analyzing evidence from computers and digital devices.
A note of support to the trans community at the Media Lab and MIT
New MIT-hosted database is open to both examiners and the wider public, and seeks to reduce the number of wrongly-issued patents.
We’re in a modern Cambrian era, sorting through an explosion of technologies enabled by the Internet.
Leveraging the web’s power to create open, community-sourced access to knowledge
We learn best when we are pursuing our passion and working with others in a project-based environment with a playful approach.
A report from the Symposium on Trust and Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles (STEAV).
I'm here to answer your questions about the award, my views on disobedience, and, of course, anything else.
Not only do we Japanese have no fear of our new robot overlords, we’re kind of looking forward to them.
Researchers at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center are collaborating with MIT scholars to make sure openness and ethics inform AI.
The Media Lab and IEEE-SA have announced the creation of the Global Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI).
We now have more challenging choices to make than simply whether to be vegan, pescatarian or carnivore, thanks to technology.
Announcing the Global Council on Extended Intelligence
The latest enthusiasm for eternal life largely stems from the belief that technology will enhance humans and make them immortal.
At flagship Solve event, Canada’s prime minister urges audience to help shape the changes transforming society.
May 29, 2018
New cohort brings social, scientific, and creative experience to extend the Lab’s reach beyond academia.
The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, created in part by the Omidyar Network, Knight Foundation, and LinkedIn founde...
Machine learning and data science can help us better understand and address the underlying causes of poverty and crime.
Academics, economists, and AI researchers often undervalue the role of intuition in science. Here's why they're wrong.
Liberals and conservatives alike love—and fear—the idea of giving free money to everyone. But we have to try it anyway.
The Safecast has revolutionized citizen science.
Experts in information science and scholarly communication convene at MIT to set research agenda.
Joi Ito delivered the keynote address at Earth Day Energy Summit in Honolulu
60 Minutes goes inside the MIT Media Lab.
ProPublica Senior Reporter Julia Angwin discusses what she has learned about forgiveness in her articles on algorithmic accountability
The medical profession has an ethic: First, do no harm.Silicon Valley has an ethos: Build it first and ask for forgiveness late...
With the release of our “Resisting Reduction” issue of the Journal of Design and Science, the MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab are also pl...
Can design advance science, and can science advance design?
Symbiotic exchange is true for all organisms at all scales, in varying degrees
The new issue looks at designing a complex and unknowable future with machines
Many cryptocurrency speculators are banking on the theory that someone dumber than them will buy their tokens for more than they paid.
It’s been a turbulent 2017 here at the Media Lab and in the world beyond.
Professor Martha Minow in conversation with Father Eric Salobir, the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, Professor Max Tegmark, and Joi Ito.
On Friday, MIT Technology Review published an article on the cryptocurrency IOTA. However, we at the Media Lab have issues with the story
Reimagining research for life in space
Reid Hoffman likes to say, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Usually, he’s referring to tech companies like the ones he has ...
Conservation agreements: everybody wins or everybody loses.
On October 7, 2017, Media Lab director Joi Ito and professor Ed Boyden were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, amon...
We’re devastated by the news that Bassel Khartabil Safadi, an open source developer, has been executed by the Syrian government.
The pediatrician and professor who first drew national attention to the water crisis in Flint received the first Disobedience Award.
A $27 million fund aimed at applying artificial intelligence to the public interest has announced the first targets for its beneficence: ...
The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund today announced $7.6 million in support to nine organizations that aim to bolst...
Congratulations to winners Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Professor Marc Edwards