Past Talks and Colloquia
Jul 29 15

Metadata, the breadcrumbs inadvertently left behind by technology, give us unprecedented perspectives on individuals and societies. Researchers have compared the recent availability of large-scale behavioral datasets to the invention of the microscope. However, while metadata have great potential for good in research and beyond, their collection and broad use raise privacy concerns. These metadata contain rich information on somebody’s whereabouts, social life, preferences, and finances. They can be used for good but can also be abused.

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Jul 24 15
Pasadena, CA
Jul 15 15 - Jul 16 15

Join us in person or via webcast for Knotty Objects, the first MIT Media Lab summer summit, this year devoted to an exploration of design, science, and technology. Learn more at http://knotty.media.mit.edu. Follow #knottyobjects for more!

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Jul 09 15
Host/Chair:
Mitchel Resnick

Many domains of DIY (do-it-yourself) activity, like knitting, woodworking, and cooking, combine useful products with individual creativity. With today’s electronics, it’s difficult to combine these two values. The devices we use are mass-produced with little involvement from the vast majority of people. The electronics we make as individuals are built mostly with toolkits and other prototyping processes that aren’t well suited to extended use.

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Jul 07 15
Host/Chair:
Hiroshi Ishii

Shape displays render digital content as dynamic physical shapes. They enable multiple users to touch, feel, and deform their surface topology in order to understand information, express ideas, and collaborate. But while these interfaces hold great promise, their application areas are not yet well defined and few specific interaction techniques have been developed for them.

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Jul 06 15 - Jul 07 15
Tokyo, Japan

The New Context Conference, an annual conference hosted by Digital Garage and Joi Ito, co-founder of Digital Garage and current director of the MIT Media Lab, will take place this year’s on July 6-7 at Toranomon Hills, Tokyo. From 2005, the conference has discussed seminal topics surrounding internet business and technology. This year’s conference will focus on two major themes: Digital Currency and Virtual Reality, and how these two upcoming technologies will change our way of conducting business -- and our way of living -- over the next 5 to 10 years.

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Jul 02 15
Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA
Jul 02 15

Wearable computers are becoming a widespread reality. Driven by a human quest for sensorial ultrability (ultra-ability) and control of our environment and bodies, we search for ever intimal solutions to increase our innate physical capacities using technology. Finger-wearable devices for augmentation are nowadays part of the mainstream wearable fashion and research agenda, because of their uniquely convenient placement on the human body and proximity to the most sensitive of limbs—the fingers.

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Jun 23 15 - Jun 25 15
San Francisco, CA

Hardware, software, sensors, and physical things are coming together in uncharted waters. To succeed, you’ll need to build teams that cross disciplines in ways never before attempted. Envision new business models. And recognize the “crazy” ideas that are now entirely possible.

Joi Ito (Director, Media Lab): Co-Chair of Solid with Jon Bruner; Keynote speaker

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May 29 15
Host/Chair:
Camera Culture

Ioannis Gkioulekas presents a computational imaging system, inspired by the optical coherence tomography (OCT) framework, that uses interferometry to produce decompositions of light transport in small scenes or volumes. The system decomposes transport according to various attributes of the paths that photons travel through the scene, including where on the source the paths originate, their pathlengths from source to camera through the scene, their wavelength, and their polarization.

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