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MIT: Museum + Media Lab

MIT Museum

I visited the MIT Museum in November, 2008 and was blown away by what I saw! Their creative use of technology was truly inspiring! It was not *just* technology, it was art!
Working at the intersection of art, science and technology –you can’t help but feel like you’re in a digital renaissance at a technophile mecca!

During my visit, I shot some photos including this hologram of Keith Haring.

MIT Media Lab

Founded by Nicolas Negroponte and Jerome Wiesner in 1985, MIT’s Media lab is a leader of innovation in technology.

For Negroponte, “Innovation comes from differences. Lateral thinking is key, because ‘incrementalism’ is the enemy of creativity. By juxtaposing people from very different backgrounds, new ideas are bound to emerge.”

Similarly, Wiesner believed, “we cannot hope to solve the problems facing us without a greater understanding of the modern world, based on the integration of knowledge.”

MIT Lab’s philosophy is to inspire the innovative use of technologies through passion and creativity that aims to help people. It fosters a “unique culture of learning by doing, developing technologies that empower people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all societies, to design and invent new possibilities for themselves and their communities.”

The One Laptop per Child is just one of so many amazing and inspiring projects, born of MIT’s Media Lab! –Now that’s technology with heart!

MIT Media Lab
Media Lab’s demos and downloads

References:

Negroponte on innovation and the MIT Media Lab. Momentum, MIT Media Lab

The MIT’s Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, by Robert A. Wilson, Frank C. Keil is a great resource for anyone interested in HCI design!

The Etymology of Design: Pre-Socratic Perspective, by Kostas Terzidi, MIT Press, 2007

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“The medium is the message”

Marshall McLuhan (1911 – 1980)

Media theorist and visionary, Marshall McLuhan said it first – “the Medium is the Message!”

Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964)

This famous phrase implies that the “form of a medium embeds itself in the message, thereby creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how an audience perceives the message” … or something like that.

McLuhan coined other phrases, like the ‘global village‘ –the idea that the world is ‘shrinking’ through the diffuse use of technology (Television and Web). McLuhan’s ideas were well ahead of his time. McLuhan also described properties of media as ‘push’ and ‘pull’, or ‘hot’ and ‘cool’. Indeed McLuhan was cool….

He segued from academia to popular culture, when he made a cameo appearance in Woody Allen’s 1977 film, Annie Hall.

In the formative years of the Web, I had the pleasure of working at the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at UofT. At the time, I worked for McLuhan’s protegé and influential media theorist, Derrick de Kereckhove along with Liss Jeffries on the New Media Policy Lecture Series. It was a great success and inspired me to pursue a career in new media!