banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
point of care
sports and fitness
natural language processing
Looking beyond smart cities
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
Space Exploration Initiative
Advance human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
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
Director's fellow Jaylen Brown and Labber David Kong on Jaylen's educational journey and their new learning and leadership initiative.
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
LeakyPhones is a public/private headset that was designed to encourage face-to-face interactions, curiosity, and healthier ...
Mekatilili is a learning initiative that provides a platform for African youth to enhance technical skills through creative learning...
With large-scale gatherings being put on-hold, it's proving time for digital engagement tech.
Director's fellow Christine Sun Kim expresses her pride and frustration at signing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
Artists and designers are working to address a major problem for marginalized communities in the data economy.
Major political campaigns and nonprofit organizations use bespoke systems to organize, inform, and solicit members. These top-down system...
To better understand and improve the quality of our lives, there has been a need for measuring non-economic capital such as social capita...
Alum Ben Waber talks about how the spinoff Humanyze has worked to create a culture that supports employees in taking parental leave.
The Disobedience Award has closed.
Congratulations to Joy Buolamwini and Amanda Nguyen for being recognized in the "Advocates" category.
Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellow Prathima Muniyappa uses the transformative power of design to empower marginalized indigenous communities.
The Root 100 is our annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45.
Commending a formidable variety of international change-makers driving digital transformation in government.
Lutz, Nina. “Making Up the Unreal · Journal of Design and Science.” Journal of Design and Science, MIT Press, 23 Oct. 2019, https://jods.mitpress.mit.edu/pub/ristj7wg.
Meet 100 inspiring, influential women from around the world, including Labbers Ayah Bdeir and Rana el Kaliouby.
Creating technology for social change
Transforming data into knowledge
Building socially engaging robots and interactive technologies to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better
When they’re valued as design research partners, older adults feel empowered to contribute to technology design.
The MIT Media Lab is setting out to reimagine the tired old monthly enterprise with a “period hackathon."
Joi Ito calls for responsible stewardship of the commons beyond our planet.
Collective Learning head César Hidalgo talks to Innovation Hub about cultural knowledge, and how our collective memories form and fade.
Richie Mehta’s show balances negative media narratives of the Indian police & catalyses empathetic conversations on their working conditions
Most countries are projected to see the number of people ages 65 and older surpass the population under the age of 15 by 2050. The limita...
A Case for Breastfeeding InnovationBreastfeeding saves lives.If women globally were able to meet the WHO's public health goal to exclusiv...
We use high-resolution geospatial data collected from mobile phones to measure social segregation at an unprecedented resolution in citie...
Collective memory and attention are sustained by two channels: oral communication (communicative memory) and the physical recording of in...
LinkedOut aims to define and build solutions to facilitate societal reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals.In collaboration with t...
Civic Entertainment is a project based at the Center for Civic Media that explores the intersection of civic engagement with film, televi...
Communicating a message through entertainment can be difficult, because you have to be careful not to preach to the audience.
Communication technologies, from printing to social media, affect our historical records by changing the way ideas are spread and recorde...
Jara-Figueroa C, Yu AZ, Hidalgo CA (2019) How the medium shapes the message: Printing and the rise of the arts and sciences. PLoS ONE 14(2): e0205771. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205771
The Tangible Media group is researching human interaction with the gadgets and gizmos around us.
Rubez Chong writes about the Center for Civic Media’s work with the City of Boston’s Office of Returning Citizens.
"We must provide a mechanism for civil society to be informed and engaged in the way in which algorithms are used."
César Hidalgo considers the role technology plays in how people and events enter, and fade from, collective memory.
We’re in a modern Cambrian era, sorting through an explosion of technologies enabled by the Internet.
What if we could look at the entire history of humanity at once? Pantheon aims to create a data-driven view of history by collecting...
T. Nishikata, T. Hardjono and A. Pentland, Social Capital Accounting, October 2018.