The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at M.I.T. by Stewart BrandBrands overview of the activity in MITs Media Lab in the mid-to-late 80s is structured in two major parts. The first part consists of profiles of and interviews with individual area leads,and provides interesting glimpses into the work of some of computer sciences early pioneers (Kay, Minsky, and Papert, for example). The second part extrapolates from the work going on in the Media Lab to technologys long-term impact on society.
Perhaps ironically, its this second section that seems most relevant today. Its remarkable how accurate the predictions offered have been in spirit, if not their exact substance --- their underlying concerns always remain relevant. The concern that the unidirectionality of satellite broadcasting (and, perhaps, the cost of transmission) is going to result in a net flow of information from rich countries to poor, creating a western cultural hegemony,now seems misplaced --- concerns about hegemony remain, but satellite TV is on its way out. Similarly, we now worry less about the government monopoly on radio spectrum than we do about network neutrality, but the fundamental issues surrounding the control of communication media remain the same.
Theres a lot of food for thought here, and its worth reading through this to get a sense of todays technology and our concerns about it in relation to the technology and concerns of a previous generation, to understand which things are really fundamental and which things are only incidental, and to try to develop a sense for what trends and developments we might be missing today.
Reflections on leaving the Lab
The project questions every aspect of the home, from the kitchen, to surface materials, to new room typologies, and new interfaces. Universal Identity: There are no more borders between countries in the world. Fluctuating between place to place has become the norm. The advent of a world government, along with a standard currency, required the standardization of identity systems. Identities were segmented and messy at the initial introduction of the networked world.
Stories and narratives are a powerful vehicle for discovery and discussion—one quick look through history proves this repeatedly. Many science-fiction-induced realities are objects eventually born into our everyday world. In Arthur C. In addition to inspiring a next generations of science-inspired doers, science fiction also paints new situations and whole worlds that reflect greater cultural ramifications and moral considerations. It is, for me, a non-confrontational way to get people to think about the future and realize that their decisions are shaping it.
Interfacing the body with the spheres of architecture, prosthetics, and the science of perception, she searches for the epiphanies linking technological innovation with behavioral change. Ani continually seeks to discover the unexpected, through playful experimentation, intuition, and speculative storytelling. In she lead the research program in Sensory Mediation at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, which explores how information visualization, augmented reality, and other emerging technologies can be harnessed to extend the human sensorium to redefine spatial experience. Ani has a B. Currently working on her thesis linking synthetic biology to emotional affordances and interspecies empathy at MIT Media Lab, she is actively looking for new opportunities after graduation.
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Attribution 4. Memories of my first visit to the Media Lab are still freshly imprinted in my mind. Beyond the fabulous research that occurs there, the architecture of the Lab itself inspires wonder. Upon passing through its glass threshold and silver facade, you traverse a gleaming atrium six stories high. Riding the glass elevator, you catch glimpses of the enigmatic frenzy of creative work within. From my first visit, my heart filled with desire, wonder, and a deep intuition that I needed to study at the Media Lab. When I applied, I felt it was a long shot but a worthwhile gamble.