banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
sports and fitness
point of care
natural language processing
Looking beyond smart cities
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Enhancing human physical capability
Urban populations around the world are rapidly growing. To improve livability, urban residents must reduce dependency on fossil fuels and...
Resilience Across Scales is a research theme that encompasses the work of a few Media Lab Principal Investigators and their research grou...
As bikes navigate city streets after dark, they are often equipped with lights. The lights make the bikes visible to cars or other bikers...
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
Climate change and the domino effect it creates will require coordination at scales we haven’t seen and new forms of organization to addr...
Your social media. Your rules.Gobo is an experiment, not a startup. We’re building it to change the conversation on social media and imag...
Creating scalable technologies that evolve with user inventiveness
Building intelligent personified technologies that collaborate with people to help them learn, thrive, and flourish.
In “normal” times, the process of voting can be confusing enough for many Americans -- from whether and where they’re registered, to abse...
Exploring new forms of social justice through art
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Sparking discussion about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of emerging technologies through design and storytelling
Creating technology for social change
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
Transforming data into knowledge
Civic Media alum Charlie DeTar talks to the MIT Alumni Association about his work with Literati, using technology for social good, and more.
Computer vision uncovers predictors of physical urban change
There is a continuous and ubiquitous collection of precise, timestamped, geolocation data from apps and devices, being amassed by private...
www.ajl.orgAn unseen force is rising—helping to determine who is hired, granted a loan, or even how long someone spends in prison. This f...
Joshua B. Hoe interviews Chelsea Barabas of MIT about criminal justice monitoring, surveillance, and algorithms
Cultivating wisdom through evolutionary and ecological engineering
Congratulations to City Science researchers Alex Berke, Jason Nawyn, Thomas Sanchez Lengeling, and group head Kent Larson!
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
The Moral Machine is a platform for gathering a human perspective on moral decisions made by machine intelligence, such as self-driving c...
“This is why we keep seeing race science emerging time and again," writes Chelsea Barabas. "It’s because publishers publish it."
Alex Berke and Kent Larson, City Science group, MIT Media Lab (2020).
City Science researchers are developing a slew of tangible and digital platforms dedicated to solving spatial design and urban planning c...
Virtual CityScope Champs-Élysées is an interactive and immersive platform that explores the future of Paris’ most important street.
The following Media Lab students joined the MIT India Initiative in Mumbai for this workshop.
MIT City Science is working with HafenCity University to develop CityScope for the neighborhood of Rothenburgsort in Hamburg, Germany. Th...
What would social media look like if it served the public interest?
Congratulations to Joy Buolamwini and Amanda Nguyen for being recognized in the "Advocates" category.
Joy Buolamwini talks to Frontline about bias in AI, and what can be done about it.
Commending a formidable variety of international change-makers driving digital transformation in government.
Is the placement of bike-share docks equitable?This interactive map explores the question visually.The map shows the addition of bike-sha...
The Association of Internet Researchers has recognized alum Erhardt Graeff, now an assistant professor of social and computer science at ...
Civic technology should empower us as citizens. But despite its breadth as a field, civic technology often takes its lead from Silicon Va...
Let's play: Waste at MIT is a game about trash; it’s also a game about understanding civic infrastructure. This project explores the use ...
The CivilServant project supports online communities to run their own experiments on the effects of moderation practices on antisocial be...
A web browser extension that reveals less well-known aspects of corporate public behavior such as environmental respect and political bia...
Many people think their vote doesn't count—that a single vote would not change an election's outcome—and they stay home on Election Day. ...
LinkedOut aims to define and build solutions to facilitate societal reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals.In collaboration with t...
This project depicts the design, deployment and operation of a Tangible Regulation Platform, a physical-technological apparatus made for ...
Joy Buolamwini talks to the AP about her work on algorithmic bias.
An open letter asking Amazon to stop selling Rekognition to law enforcement agencies.
More than three dozen AI researchers have signed an open letter asking Amazon to stop selling Rekognition to law enforcement agencies.
Visiting professor Esteban Moro talks to Next City about the Atlas of Inequality.
Esteban Moro talks to WBUR about the Human Dynamics group's Atlas of Inequality.
Segregation is hurting our societies and especially our cities. But economic inequality isn't just limited to neighborhoods. The restaura...
These maps show “place inequality"—or why people of different income levels are at different coffee shops.
MIT Media Lab’s new interactive “Atlas of Inequality” shows that “segregation is not just about where you live, but what you do."
Joy Buolamwini’s essay is featured in the Optimists issue of Time, guest-edited by Ava DuVernay.
Algorithmic auditing has emerged as a key strategy to expose systematic biases embedded in software platforms, yet scholarship on the imp...
So far Amazon’s frontline defense against advocates and academics has been: Researchers are setting the search parameters incorrectly.
Amazon’s system had more difficulty identifying the gender of female and darker-skinned faces than similar services from IBM and Microsoft.
An NYC exhibit imagines driverless buses and mobile medical units resembling Popemobiles.
The technology could revolutionize policing, medicine, even agriculture—but its applications can easily be weaponized.
MIT Media Lab professor Ramesh Raskar talks about how his high-tech inventions and initiatives can help solve real-world problems.
An Urban Decision-Support System Augmented by Artificial IntelligenceThe decision-making process in urban design and urban planning is ou...
Hiawatha Bray reports on the unrest bubbling up in the tech industry.
Cities need to work to ensure that AR makes the leap from “cool experience,” to a technology that improves residents’ lives.
An Alternative Autonomous Revolution System design for emerging urban contexts and societal aspirationsThe Persuasive Electric Vehic...
Graeff, Erhardt (2018). Evaluating Civic Technology Design for Citizen Empowerment. PhD Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.