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Exploring new forms of social justice through art
Doing the work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Media Lab
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket propel…
A Counting is an ongoing series of software-generated live-streamed sound and video works composed of an evolving neverending count fr…
Freedom Radio (in development) is an ongoing participatory artwork collecting multilingual thoughts and expressions of freedom across natio…
Space Exploration Initiative
Building intelligent personified technologies that collaborate with people to help them learn, thrive, and flourish.
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Overview: The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space. S…
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
By Chelsea Barabas, Karthik Dinakar, and Colin DoyleTwenty-seven prominent researchers from MIT, Harvard, Princeton, NYU, …
Advancing human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
Exploring the essence of code as a creative medium
The Space Sustainability RatingThe Space Sustainability Rating design team—comprised of the World Economic Forum, the European Space Agency…
We take as a starting point for our work the recent scholarship by Sasha Costanza-Chock, Design Justice, in which she described design jus…
Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)
Creating technology for social change
Designing for, with, and by nature
Algorithmic auditing has emerged as a key strategy to expose systematic biases embedded in software platforms, yet scholarship on the impac…
The Gender Shades project pilots an intersectional approach to inclusive product testing for AI.Algorithmic Bias PersistsGender Shades is a…
The IDSS/SSRC Combatting Systemic Racism Seed Fund Program supports innovative, early-stage cross-disciplinary research projects.
The environmental conditions of prolonged spaceflight pose significant psychological risks for astronauts. In particular, crews of future …
Vespers is a collection of masks exploring what it means to design (with) life. From the relic of the death mask to a contemporary living d…
Faculty leaders discuss the opportunities and obstacles in developing, scaling, and implementing their work rapidly.
Chelsi Cocking shares her thoughts on how the design industry can better foster, support, and grow design talent in the Black community.
Annual MLK celebration at MIT features call to confront America’s history of racism in order to move forward.
Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence
Danielle Wood, Katlyn Turner, and Catherine D'Ignazio talk about The Abuse and Misogynoir Playbook.
Cate McQuaid talks to Ekene Ijeoma about his work, including the Black Mobility and Safety Seminar
Ekene Ijeoma, head of the Poetic Justice research group, talks to Frame about his work.
MIT hosts kickoff event of Massachusetts STEM Week — a statewide virtual celebration of K-12 education.
Space research, led by a diverse team of women scientists, will be presented at this year's AIAA Ascend Conference.
Building an open, shared, and collaborative future of lunar exploration.Explore the Lunar Open Architecture (LOA) at loa.mit.edu. …
People speak as many as 800 languages in New York alone. With A Counting, Ekene Ijeoma aims to represent every single one.
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 for…
Chelsea Barabas shares her thoughts on these topics in an episode of the Philosophical Disquisitions podcast.
Joshua B. Hoe interviews Chelsea Barabas of MIT about criminal justice monitoring, surveillance, and algorithms
Poetic Justice head Ekene Ijeoma talks to NPR about his work, from Deconstructed Anthems to A Counting.
Listen to Danielle Wood speak in a new episode of the Stories of Transformation podcast.
If the space industry wants to become more diverse, it must come to terms with how racially motivated decisions shape the country, Wood said
“This is why we keep seeing race science emerging time and again," writes Chelsea Barabas. "It’s because publishers publish it."
Like too many science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, the aerospace sector in the US is populated mainly by white people.
The OpenAg™ Personal Food Computer is a tabletop-sized, controlled environment agriculture technology platform that uses robotic systems to…
This work is being continued through The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.The Humanizing …
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.
An exhibition at the Barbican in London features work from OpenAg, the Mediated Matter group, Joy Buolamwini, and more.
Pretrial risk assessments draw from “deeply flawed data" generated from arrest and conviction records, say researchers.
For decades, the International Space Station (ISS) has operated as a bastion of international cooperation and a unique testbed for microgra…
Joy Buolamwini has been selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40.”
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.
Now activists are working to bring women, and feminism, back to Silicon Valley.
Tech companies working on artificial intelligence find that a diverse staff can help avoid biased algorithms that cause public embarrassment
Jaleesa Trapp led a discussion at her alma mater about antiracist approaches to engaging young people from marginalized groups in STEM.
Joy Buolamwini’s essay is featured in the Optimists issue of Time, guest-edited by Ava DuVernay.
"We must provide a mechanism for civil society to be informed and engaged in the way in which algorithms are used."
Amazon’s system had more difficulty identifying the gender of female and darker-skinned faces than similar services from IBM and Microsoft.
Thoughts from the Media Lab's Space Enabled group and Space Exploration Initiative