Molly sez, "For the past two years I've been researching activist uses of distributed denial of service actions. I just finished my masters thesis on the subject (for the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT). Guiding this work is the overarching question of how civil disobedience and disruptive activism can be practiced in the current [...]
Yesterday afternoon, Ernest Moniz was unanimously confirmed as the nation’s new Energy Secretary, earning praise from green groups and industry. [Greentech Media] Ernest Moniz, a former MIT physicist, is the new secretary of energy. The Senate voted to confirm Moniz this afternoon by a vote of 97 to 0. Moniz now takes over for Steven [...]
Just don’t think of it as mere vision prosthetic. Consider the other possibility: super senses. The sensation feels like Pop Rocks, but this 5x5 electrode grid can let your mouth see. Tongueduino, by MIT Media Lab’s Gershon Dublon, is a display that you can’t quite taste but you’ll definitely feel as it painlessly sizzles pixels on your tongue. Show More Summary
Research presented by Bengsston's Flowminder Foundation to the recent Netmob 2013 held at MIT’s Media Lab, showed that our movements after conflicts and disasters are highly predictable. Analysis of mobile phone data from the 2011 civil...Show More Summary
Here’s an interesting take on using augmented reality alongside hobby electronics. The project, which comes from a group of researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory, starts off by making simple electronic devices like a radio with two knobs using network connected hardware. In other words, build something using an Arduino and include a way to get […]
As a parent of three technically savvy kids I find it disturbing that we haven’t even “scratched” the surface of Scratch, an amazing, object-oriented programming language from the MIT Media Lab’sLifelong Kindergarten Group. That mayShow More Summary
The MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergarten Group has shipped version 2.0 of Scratch, the justly famed and much-loved programming language for kids. Scratch makes it easy to create powerful simulations and games, even for small kids (basically, if you can read, you're ready for Scratch). The new version of Scratch runs right in a browser [...]
Celebrating all things theoretical (and possible), the 2013 IDEAS City conference kicked off at the New Museum in New York this past Wednesday with a keynote address by MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito. Speaking to the unlimited potential ofShow More Summary
This year’s Media in Transition (MIT8) conference at MIT addresses question of the shifting nature of the public and the private, kicking off with a panel on oversharing. The panel brings together Feona Attwood, Middlesex University (UK), David Rosen, author and Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard University, moderated by Nick Montfort. Show More Summary
MIT Media Lab professor Hugh Herr lost both his legs in an accident on Mount Washington; today, he's climbing better than ever. In an essay, Herr explains how the emerging field of bionics can aid the Boston bombing victims.
MIT Media Lab has released a video to go along with their recent publications detailing new AR interface technology they claim could put "a user interface on any surface".
Instead of planning for an urban renewal, the head of MIT’s Media Lab says cities should just get out of the way make it easier for young and interesting people to do what they do best: innovate. Ever since Richard Florida publishedShow More Summary
While patrolling the halls of the CHI 2013 Human Factors in Computing conference in Paris, we spied a research project from MIT's Media Lab called "Smarter Objects" that turns Minority Report tech on its head. The researchers figured...Show More Summary
The local police reacted heroically to the Boston terror bombings, and it is tragic that MIT police officer Sean Collier was a victim of the terrorists’ shooting spree. However, the inescapable conclusion, after the media get done praising local police reaction to the bombings, is that law enforcement at all levels broke down, leaving law-abiding [...]
There are touchscreen displays and 3D displays, but now there’s one that combines the two: a flexible screen that users can pinch, poke and stretch. The screen, designed by Dhairya Dand and Rob Hemsley, both of MIT’s Media Lab, is called Obake, named after a shape-shifting spirit of Japanese myth. Show More Summary
A new book explores a single line of code for the Commodore 64 When Nick Montfort, associate professor of digital media at MIT, brought his trusty Commodore 64 on a recent trip to the West Coast, he got extra attention from airport security staffers. As he wrote in his blog:
Everything’s going 3D these days, even touchscreens. Most existing touchscreens only offer a 2D experience, but MIT Media Lab’s Dhairya Dand and Rob Hemsley have set out to create a touchscreen
Sometimes in technology and engineering research, it’s not immediately obvious to outside observers where researchers are going with an idea. Dhairya Dand and Rob Hemsley are MIT Media Lab researchers working on an idea they call Obake (o-baa-keh). It’s a 2.5D elastic display screen that lets users tug and probe to interact with graphics. The Obake [...]Show More Summary
I'm not sure what I can add to the extensive, and often confused, media coverage of the Boston bombing, the MIT police shooting and resulting manhunt, save to extend my condolences to the victims. As Marcy Wheeler pointed out, what differentiated these events from other outbreaks of violence was the intensity of the media coverage.
From the evening of April 18th to the morning of the 19th, one of the final chapters in the Boston Marathon bombings was being written. The evening began with armed robbery, and quickly descended into the tragic death of an MIT Police Officer, an explosion-filled shootout with Police, the death of one suspect in the [...]