Past Talks and Colloquia
May 14 16 9:00am - 1:00pm
Lifelong Kindergarten

Join the Scratch Team at the MIT Media Lab to meet, share, learn, and celebrate Scratch Day with local Scratchers! There are also many other Scratch Day events taking place all over the world. Find the one nearest to you at

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May 07 16 12:00am - May 12 16 12:00am

CHI 2016 (May 7-12) will have a robust Media Lab presence.
More details are available via the CHI 2016 program.

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May 06 16 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Mitchel Resnick

Much of what we design today is mediated by digital processes, from digital tools and software used to create tangible and virtual artifacts, to online resources and communities that enable people to exchange design knowledge. Encapsulating information about how we design into shared digital formats introduces opportunities for democratized education, where people contribute to and use shared digital resources to support their learning.

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May 03 16 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Webcasts of events in the MLTalks series are live captioned for the hearing impaired.

Audio Assist Devices are available for those attending in person; please email events [at] media [dot] mit [dot] edu for more information.

All talks at the Media Lab, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.
This talk will be webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter: #MLTalks

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Apr 25 16 11:00am - 12:30pm
Pattie Maes

Today’s personal technologies are generally seen as reducing mindfulness. They introduce distractions, stress, privacy concerns and detrimental habits. This can cause an increase in behaviors that are misaligned with personal goals. Current attempts to use technology to improve well-being do not take advantage of some of the benefits that personal technologies have to offer. Specifically, they can intervene ”just-in-time” to nudge the user to reflect on their imminent behavior decision. This thesis focuses on designing mindful technology.

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Apr 23 16 10:00am - 1:00pm

Take a peek inside the MIT Media Lab during Under the Dome: the MIT 2016 open campus day, celebrating the 100th anniversary of MIT moving from Boston to our home in Cambridge!

There are hundreds of activities all over the Institute. At the Lab, we'll feature demos, talks, hands-on activities, and the not-to-be-missed chance to come inside the Media Lab to see what we're all about.

Please note: the Media Lab is open to the public from 10am to 1pm; other events at MIT take place from 10am to 3pm.

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Apr 21 16 2:00pm - 3:05pm
Jie Qi

Join artist "Red" Hong Yi as she describes her creative process of finding and creating the beautiful and unusual with everyday objects. She will also share about her newest interactive artwork being made in collaboration with Jie Qi. This piece will explore the materiality of drinking straws and LED lights, which will be exhibited at the Media Lab.

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Apr 15 16 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Edward Boyden

Neuronal action potentials (‘spikes’) are thought to be the fundamental units of information in the brain, hence the ability to record them and to understand their genesis is crucial to our comprehension of the biological underpinnings of our thoughts, memories, and feelings.

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Apr 15 16 10:00am - 11:00am

One of the main principles of classical Darwinian evolution is that the genotype, which instructs the phenotype, undergoes random changes, and those changes that give rise to fit phenotypes at a given environment are selected for. According to the Lamarckian alternative, organisms can pass on characteristics that they acquired during their lifetime to their offspring in a process known as heritability of acquired traits, or "soft inheritance." In some of these cases the phenotype is partially inherited and may even be feed back into the genotype.

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Apr 08 16 9:00am - Apr 26 16 5:00pm

Curiosities of Paper Electronics
Curated by Media Lab students Jie Qi, Katia Vega, Akshay Mohan, and Xin Liu
Opening Reception: 5:30-7pm on Friday, 4/8
On view: 4/8-26

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