banking and finance
neural interfacing and control
internet of things
point of care
natural language processing
sports and fitness
Designing for, with, and by nature
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Cultivating wisdom through evolutionary and ecological engineering
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
Advance human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
Programmable Water-Based Biocomposites for Digital Design and Fabrication across ScalesAguahoja is an exploration of nature’s design spac...
A major concern for manned missions is space radiation. Ionizing radiation is known to pose both acute and chronic risks to many organism...
Complex biological systems such as brain circuits are extended 3-D structures made out of nanoscale building blocks such as proteins, RNA...
Enhancing human physical capability
“[The wild boars] look at me like I am a visitor. It's like they’re the owners and I’m the guest. Wild animals that normally live in natu...
Cells’ biomechanical responses to external stimuli have been intensively studied but rarely implemented into devices that interact w...
Designing systems for cognitive enhancement
Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne infection in North America. People are infected when bitten by ticks; ticks are typically in...
Flavor, in addition to making our food delicious, is one way of sensing biochemical richness. A highly flavorful plant generally con...
www.ajlunited.orgAn unseen force is rising—helping to determine who is hired, granted a loan, or even how long someone spends in prison. ...
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
Core77 reports on the Fluid Interfaces group’s work in cyborg botany.
Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. Using its own internal electrical signals, the plant is inter...
Caleb Harper discusses how machine learning-enabled "food computers" were used to find the optimal conditions to grow basil.
A group at MIT created polymers derived from organic matter, printed by a robot, and shaped by water.
Plants can sense the environment, other living entities and regenerate, actuate or grow in response. Our interaction and communicati...
On Should This Exist?, Sculpting Evolution head Kevin Esvelt grapples with the potential benefits and consequences of gene drive.
Vegas, A., et al. Combinatorial hydrogel library enables identification of materials that mitigate the foreign body response in primates., Nature Biotechnology, 34: 345-352, 2016. PMCID: PMC4904301
Center for Extreme Bionics
More ocean data has been collected in the last two years than in all previous years combined, and we are on a path to continue to break t...
How will gene drive systems evolve once released into the wild? Can they be reliably overwritten and blocked by immunizing reversal drive...
Who should decide whether, when, and how to alter the environment? These are hard questions, especially when the decisions will impact pe...
Because old-school surgical amputation hasn’t kept up with modern-day medicine.
How the Mediated Matter group’s Aguahoja project transforms some of the most abundant materials on the planet into structural art.
Revealing insights into the human condition and repairing brain disorders via novel tools for mapping and fixing brain computations
The metaphor of the frog in water that is heated slowly has long been used to describe the potential risk of climate change.
Cummings School and MIT are working with Massachusetts citizens to deploy immune mice as frontline soldiers in the war against the disease.
Descending into the dark sea is like exploring deep space.
Assisting physicians and patients by novel computational processes at the point-of-care.
General overview:Sepsis, a life-threatening complication of bacterial infection, leads to millions of worldwide deaths requires significa...
General OverviewStaining of tissues sections using chemical and biological dyes has been used for over a century for visualizing various ...
Sareen is a research affiliate within the Fluid Interfaces group, and worked with lab founder Pattie Maes to develop the project.
iBiology features two introductory classes from CRISPR expert Kevin Esvelt, head of the Media Lab's Sculpting Evolution group.
A Parsons and MIT researcher hooked up electrodes to a plant’s leaves to turn it into a robotic sensor.
Introducing Elowan, a robot-plant hybrid designed by Harpreet Sareen and Pattie Maes, both from MIT Media Lab.
The 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list includes at least three members of the Media Lab community.
Cryptography techniques to screen synthetic DNA could help prevent the creation of dangerous pathogens, argues Professor Kevin Esvelt
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioceptio...
The Gender Shades project pilots an intersectional approach to inclusive product testing for AI.Algorithmic Bias PersistsGender Shades is...