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Space Enabled

The mission of the Space Enabled research group is to advance justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space. Our mess...

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Signal Kinetics

Our world is full of signals, some of which we see and others which are invisible. These signals range from wifi to brain waves. The perv...

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Mediated Matter

The Mediated Matter group focuses on Nature-inspired design and design-inspired Nature. We conduct research at the intersection of comput...

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Poetic Justice

The Poetic Justice group creates work with rhythm and harmony that extends our perceptions and exposes the social-political systems ...

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Open Agriculture (OpenAg)

Welcome!The MIT Media Lab Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg) is on a mission to create healthier, more engaging, and more inventive fut...

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Social Computing

We build software that shapes our cities. More specifically, (1) we create micro-institutions in physical space, (2) we design social ...

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Personal Robots

Robots are an intriguing technology that can straddle both the physical and social world of people. Inspired by animal and human behavior...

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Broadercasting

looks at broadcasting in a broader way, as all aspects of the media business�from content capture to delivery�become digital, and as a ne...

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Counter Intelligence

is focused on developing a digitally connected, self-aware kitchen with knowledge and memory of its activities. The program explores new ...

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Gray Matters

explores how computation and communication can enrich the lives of older persons now and in the decades ahead. It focuses on making the t...

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Personal Fabrication

is about making things, and about the future of how things are made, from nano- to macroscale. It has two basic goals: first, to involve ...

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Toys of Tomorrow

explores ways that the digital revolution will transform the world of toys and play: old toys will become smarter; new toys will become p...

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e-markets

is focused on understanding devices, technology, and humans as they interface in a market setting; the new forms that transactions may ta...

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CC++

looks at cars in the digital world. It explores the implications and applications of human-machine interface research, advances in person...

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Health

combines research in the areas of nanotechnology, biosensors, body networks and smart homes to give consumers the tools to take control o...

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Silicon Biology

explores how micro- and nanoscale fabrication technologies offer fundamentally new ways to probe, to understand, and ultimately to contro...

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IPID

looks beyond low-cost tags to ask how billions of inexpensive communicating objects can be tied together into coherent systems.

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Advancing Wellbeing

In contributing to the digital revolution, the Media Lab helped fuel a society where increasing numbers of people are obese, sedentary, a...

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Ultimate Media

Visual media has irretrievably lost its lock on the audience but has gained unprecedented opportunity to evolve the platform by which it ...

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Connection Science

As more of our personal and public lives become infused and shaped by data from sensors and computing devices, the lines between the digi...

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CE 2.0

Most of us are awash in consumer electronics (CE) devices: from cellphones, to TVs, to dishwashers. They provide us with information, ent...

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Future Storytelling

The Future Storytelling working group at the Media Lab is rethinking storytelling for the 21st century. The group takes a new and dynamic...

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Code Next

Cultural Resonation is the underlying philosophy and energy that informs all aspects of our work. Code Next (CN) is a Media Lab collabora...

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Terrestrial Sensing

The deeply symbiotic relationship between our planet and ourselves is increasingly mediated by technology. Ubiquitous, networked sensing ...

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Pixel Factory

Data is ubiquitous in a world where our understanding of it is not. The Pixel Factory is a special interest group working to help people ...

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Emerging Worlds

The Emerging Worlds SIG is focused on emerging opportunities to address pressing challenges, and leapfrog existing solutions. Emerging Wo...

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Consumer Electronics Laboratory

The Consumer Electronics Laboratory provides a unique research environment to explore ideas, make things, and innovate in new directions...

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Hundred-Dollar Laptop

Through the Hundred-Dollar Laptop initiative, the Media Lab is working with One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a non-profit association that jo...

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Communications Futures Program

The Communications Futures Program conducts research on industry dynamics, technology opportunities, and regulatory issues that form the ...

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Autism & Communication Technology Initiative

The Autism & Communication Technology Initiative utilizes the unique features of the Media Lab to foster the development of innovativ...

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CE 2.0

Most of us are awash in consumer electronics (CE) devices: from cellphones, to TVs, to dishwashers. They provide us with information, ent...

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Living Labs

Living Labs is a new program that brings end users into the process of inventing a better future. The goal is to understand the adoption,...

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Future Storytelling

The Future Storytelling working group at the Media Lab is rethinking storytelling for the 21st century. The group takes a new and dynamic...

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Social Health Living Laboratory

Instead of building on a reactive health-care system centered around treating disease rather than preventing it, the Lab's Social Health ...

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Connection Science and Engineering

Our lives have been transformed by networks that combine people and computers in new ways. They have revolutionized the nature of the eco...

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Ultimate Media

Visual Media is going through fundamental changes. It has irretrievability lost its lock on the audience but has gained unprecedented opp...

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Center for Terrestrial Sensing

The deeply symbiotic relationship between our planet and ourselves is increasingly mediated by technology. Ubiquitous, networked sensing ...

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Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

The development, application, and capabilities of AI-based systems are evolving rapidly, leaving largely unanswered a broad range of impo...

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Knowledge Futures

The MIT Knowledge Futures Group (KFG), a new joint venture of the  MIT Media Lab and the MIT Press, develops and deploys techno...

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Open Ocean

The ocean is vast. It covers more than 70% of the surface of our planet and holds 97% of the water on Earth. The ocean is exciting. ...

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Nano-Cybernetic Biotrek

The Nano-Cybernetic Biotrek research group is an adventurous scientific voyage, fusing engineering, applied physics, and biology to bridg...

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Lifelong Kindergarten

The Lifelong Kindergarten group develops new technologies and activities that, in the spirit of the blocks and finger paint of kindergart...

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Viral Communications

Society today is shifting its trust from large, central systems to decentralized ones. These systems present a diffuse target for attack,...

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Affective Computing

The Affective Computing group aims to bridge the gap between human emotions and computational technology. Current research addresses mach...

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Community Biotechnology

Humanity's capacity to engineer the living world is a collective concern that requires collective engagement. While synthetic biology has...

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Opera of the Future

The Opera of the Future group (formerly known as Hyperinstruments) explores concepts and techniques to help advance the future of musical...

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Things That Think

Things That Think is inventing the future of digitally augmented objects and environments. Toward this end, Things That Think researchers...

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Center for Mobile Learning

The Center for Mobile Learning invents and studies new mobile technologies to promote learning anywhere anytime for anyone. The Center fo...

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Molecular Machines

The Molecular Machines group is focused on pioneering the field of Avogadro scale engineering, which seeks to understand and approach the...

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Living Mobile

We want to increase the value of computing for the times when we are away from conventional screen and keyboard computers. To this end, w...

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Sculpting Evolution

Evolved systems are very different from technologies designed by humans. They're harder to predict and sometimes evolve away from intende...

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Design Fiction

The Design Fiction group is not accepting new students. The Design Fiction group designs projects to stimulate discussion about the ...

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Responsive Environments

We explore how sensor networks augment and mediate human experience, interaction, and perception, while developing new sensing modalities...

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Digital Currency Initiative (DCI)

The Internet enabled people to easily call each other without a phone company, send a document without a mail carrier, or publish an arti...

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Tangible Media

We live on the border between two worlds: our physical environment and cyberspace. People have developed sophisticated ski...

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Software Agents

The Software Agents group investigates a new paradigm for software that acts like an assistant to a user of an interactive interface rath...

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Center for Extreme Bionics

Half of the world's population currently suffers from some form of physical or neurological disability. At some point in our lives, it is...

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Director's Fellows Program

The Director’s Fellows program is creating a diverse global network empowered by technology from the MIT Media Lab.MIT Media Lab Director...

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Ethics

The mission of the Media Lab’s new Ethics initiative is to foster multi-disciplinary program designs and critical conversations around et...

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Center for Civic Media

Communities need information to make decisions and take action: to provide aid to neighbors in need, to purchase an environmentally susta...

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Electronic Publishing

Our research is exploring a "constructionist" approach to the development of personal and community publishing tools in order to help inc...