At the MIT Media Lab, anything is possible. There, “The future is lived, not imagined,” and for the last 27 years, the Lab’s proved how technologies can enhance the future and make it better.
The Media Lab is currently focusing on “human adaptability,” which they describe as:
Work ranging from initiatives to treat conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression, to sociable robots that can monitor the health of children or the elderly, to the development of smart prostheses that can mimic — or even exceed — the capabilities of our biological limbs.
And although the work sounds fantastical, the Lab’s already sparked movements in wearable computing, wireless “viral” communications and new forms of artistic expression. Nothing could be more realistic than that.
Checking traditional disciplines at the door, the Lab continues to devote their time to inventing and reinventing “how humans experience, and can be aided by, technology.” Not sure what that means? Just check out 10 technologies intern Aditi Pai and I rounded up that have sprung out of the Media Lab since they opened their doors in 1985.