Workshops: Tuesday, April 23

Jon Tadiello

by Laura Seretta

April 8, 2019

April 23, 2019
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Spring 2019 Member Meeting
Workshops: Tuesday, April 23

The MIT Media Lab spring 2019 member meeting is an invitation-only event. 

Space Exploration Initiative: From Microgravity to Martian Habitats

Ariel Ekblaw and Joe Paradiso  |  E14-240

The public grand opening of space draws near. Biology has witnessed an explosion of DIY bio-hacking in recent years; similarly, the dropping costs of space launches and cubesats now enable a new mode of engagement in low Earth orbit and beyond.

Join us for a sneak peek of the fifteen new research payloads soon to fly on our upcoming zero gravity flight, and the six payloads we're launching into space with Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin. We'll share the latest in our “Sci Fi Space Prototyping” portfolio, discuss business models for space products and space tourism in low Earth orbit and beyond, and update members on the numerous ways to get involved.

Key discussion topics include: space, AI, and ubiquitous sensing; space food; human healthcare in space; future of manufacturing in orbit; and space and the future of cryptocurrency.

We look forward to your input on the future of space research, the commercialization of low Earth orbit, and space exploration broadly. The Space Exploration Initiative workshop welcomes and encourages member companies seeking potential collaborations.

AI and Siloed Private Data

Ramesh Raskar  |  E14- 6th floor Lecture Hall

Emerging technologies in domains such as bio-medicine, health, surveillance, and finance benefit from distributed AI methods that can allow multiple entities to perform data analysis and modeling without requiring data sharing or resource aggregation at one single place. In particular, we are interested in efficient distributed AI approaches that bridge the gap between analyzing data from distributed entities under the constraint of no raw data sharing. In addition to a reduced leakage of critical patterns in the raw data while maintaining a high utility of the distributed approach, we are also interested in methods that need low communication bandwidth and computational resources. Some topics of interest include: distributed machine learning, federated learning, split learning, secure enclaves, differential privacy, homomorphic encryption, multi-party computation, self-sovereign identity, smart contracts, digital wallets, and blockchain.

Roots of Inequality and Polarization

Human Dynamics  |  E14-393

Our society is becoming increasingly unequal, polarized, and segregated in both the physical (cities) and digital space (social media). This implies a tremendous cost for cities, companies, and institutions as well as for people in the most disadvantaged groups. Traditional studies have addressed this problem using demographic or survey data. Big data enables unprecedented observation of social behaviors and opportunities to unravel the true nature of why (and how) individuals become segregated and polarized. In this workshop, we will discuss recent developments at the Media Lab showing that physical segregation (absence of interactions in cities, companies, or institutions) is the main cause of economic and behavioral polarization in societies. We will present recent tools (like the “Atlas of Inequality”) and studies to understand how patterns of social interactions affect cities and percolate to social media. Come and join us to learn more about our work and create ways for your organization to get involved in the quest for shaping a better, more just society.

CE2.0/Ultimate Media

Mike Bove, Andy Lippman  |  E15-341

CE2.0 is a working group of member companies and Media Lab researchers who meet three times a year to discuss emerging trends in consumer electronics and the possible effects—intended and unintended—upon users, society and industry.

Ultimate Media is a five-year-old program addressing the structure and content of visual media.  It re-envisions video in the light of powerful computing, novel viewing situations, and new interactions and narrative possibilities.

The session begins at 5pm and will be a spirited discussion over dinner. Please RSVP to to ensure enough food for all.

Wearable Biotech: Lab on Body, Microbiome, and Bio-Digital Systems for Health and Human Enhancement

Pat Pataranutaporn, Angela Vujic, Abhinandan Jain, Judith Amores, Oscar Rosello, David Kong, Pattie Maes  |  E15-359

The future of wearables will move beyond digital technology; biotechnology will measure and improve our hormones, genome, microbiome, and more through “wearable laboratories” on our bodies. Just as computers once occupied an entire room and now fit in our pockets, biotechnology is becoming faster, cheaper, smaller, and accessible to anyone. Our workshop aims to explore and develop how “wearable biotechnology” will enhance human health. We will give a background in this exciting new domain, present our work in “wearable laboratories,” and hold a discussion to brainstorm new applications and directions with member companies. 

 Current wearable devices can sense an individual's physiological data, but lack in sensing their biological counterparts, which drive the majority of an individual's physiological signal. On the other hand, biosensors for detecting biochemical markers are currently limited to one-time use, are non-continuous, and don't provide flexibility in choosing which biomarker they sense. We show how to integrate biological sensing with wearable computing for the future of human health enhancement. The platforms we develop and discuss range from purely organic bio-wearables to hybrid bio-digital wearables. These include a minimally obtrusive “wearable laboratory” for continuous real-time hormone detection through saliva, and a microfluidic chip for cultivating interactions with E. Coli bacteria.