medialab   882

« earlier    

Archival pages from my graduate research in the late 90s
mit  medialab  hive  gradschool  nelson  tootme 
january 2019 by nelson
Company Tried to Patent My Work After a Job Interview — Patent Pandas
"My work in electronic books started when I was still an undergrad, during a research internship where I made a pop-up book with lights and sensors in the pop-up elements. This was under the guidance of my advisor Leah Buechley. (..) Rewind to March 24, 2014, during the second year of my PhD at the Media Lab. I was invited to visit Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) to learn about some of their new projects in storytelling. I got to visit their space, meet some of my creative heroes and I shared with them all of my work in interactive books and storytelling. What started as just a visit quickly turned into a job interview. I was even invited to share my work directly with Regina Dugan, the director of ATAP at that time (..) Two years later, in March 2016 I find out from some paper engineering friends that some of the same people who had interviewed me had also applied for patents on interactive pop-up books with electronics."
drawingcircuits  mit  medialab  google  atap  patent  ripoff  book  popup  electronics 
december 2018 by gohai
Google Tried to Patent My Work After a Job Interview
I looked up the patent application and luckily, this time the patent application was still being reviewed by the patent examiner.  It had not issued! The provisional was filed August 29, 2014, months after my first interview and visit back in March 2014.  Two of the inventors listed were the same people who had interviewed me. 

This is frankly appalling behaviour from Google -- total abuse of the patent system. If Joi Ito hadn't been around to mediate this patent probably would have issued and this researcher's life's work stolen from her through IP dirty tricks.

(Also, patents need to die)
patents  software-patents  google  dirty-tricks  interviewing  ip  mit  medialab  paper  jie-qi 
november 2018 by jm
The Educational Tyranny of the Neurotypicals | WIRED
"Ben Draper, who runs the Macomber Center for Self Directed Learning, says that while the center is designed for all types of children, kids whose parents identify them as on the autism spectrum often thrive at the center when they’ve had difficulty in conventional schools. Ben is part of the so-called unschooling movement, which believes that not only should learning be self-directed, in fact we shouldn't even focus on guiding learning. Children will learn in the process of pursuing their passions, the reasoning goes, and so we just need to get out of their way, providing support as needed.

Many, of course, argue that such an approach is much too unstructured and verges on irresponsibility. In retrospect, though, I feel I certainly would have thrived on “unschooling.” In a recent paper, Ben and my colleague Andre Uhl, who first introduced me to unschooling, argue that it not only works for everyone, but that the current educational system, in addition to providing poor learning outcomes, impinges on the rights of children as individuals.

MIT is among a small number of institutions that, in the pre-internet era, provided a place for non-neurotypical types with extraordinary skills to gather and form community and culture. Even MIT, however, is still trying to improve to give these kids the diversity and flexibility they need, especially in our undergraduate program.

I'm not sure how I'd be diagnosed, but I was completely incapable of being traditionally educated. I love to learn, but I go about it almost exclusively through conversations and while working on projects. I somehow kludged together a world view and life with plenty of struggle, but also with many rewards. I recently wrote a PhD dissertation about my theory of the world and how I developed it. Not that anyone should generalize from my experience—one reader of my dissertation said that I’m so unusual, I should be considered a "human sub-species." While I take that as a compliment, I think there are others like me who weren’t as lucky and ended up going through the traditional system and mostly suffering rather than flourishing. In fact, most kids probably aren’t as lucky as me and while some types are more suited for success in the current configuration of society, a huge percentage of kids who fail in the current system have a tremendous amount to contribute that we aren’t tapping into.

In addition to equipping kids for basic literacy and civic engagement, industrial age schools were primarily focused on preparing kids to work in factories or perform repetitive white-collar jobs. It may have made sense to try to convert kids into (smart) robotlike individuals who could solve problems on standardized tests alone with no smartphone or the internet and just a No. 2 pencil. Sifting out non-neurotypical types or trying to remediate them with drugs or institutionalization may have seemed important for our industrial competitiveness. Also, the tools for instruction were also limited by the technology of the times. In a world where real robots are taking over many of those tasks, perhaps we need to embrace neurodiversity and encourage collaborative learning through passion, play, and projects, in other words, to start teaching kids to learn in ways that machines can’t. We can also use modern technology for connected learning that supports diverse interests and abilities and is integrated into our lives and communities of interest.

At the Media Lab, we have a research group called Lifelong Kindergarten, and the head of the group, Mitchel Resnick, recently wrote a book by the same name. The book is about the group’s research on creative learning and the four Ps—Passion, Peers, Projects, and Play. The group believes, as I do, that we learn best when we are pursuing our passion and working with others in a project-based environment with a playful approach. My memory of school was "no cheating,” “do your own work,” "focus on the textbook, not on your hobbies or your projects," and "there’s time to play at recess, be serious and study or you'll be shamed"—exactly the opposite of the four Ps.

Many mental health issues, I believe, are caused by trying to “fix” some type of neurodiversity or by simply being insensitive or inappropriate for the person. Many mental “illnesses” can be “cured” by providing the appropriate interface to learning, living, or interacting for that person focusing on the four Ps. My experience with the educational system, both as its subject and, now, as part of it, is not so unique. I believe, in fact, that at least the one-quarter of people who are diagnosed as somehow non-neurotypical struggle with the structure and the method of modern education. People who are wired differently should be able to think of themselves as the rule, not as an exception."
neurotypicals  neurodiversity  education  schools  schooling  learning  inequality  elitism  meritocracy  power  bias  diversity  autism  psychology  stevesilberman  schooliness  unschooling  deschooling  ronsuskind  mentalhealth  mitchresnick  mit  mitemedialab  medialab  lifelongkindergarten  teaching  howweteach  howwelearn  pedagogy  tyranny  2018  economics  labor  bendraper  flexibility  admissions  colleges  universities  joiito 
november 2018 by robertogreco
Why Love Generative Art?
Nice retrospective on computational aesthetics
art  generative  medialab  history 
august 2018 by nelson
Towards a spatial, distributed UI
One of my smartest friends has been working 10+ years on a new user interface for computers. They're starting to explain it in video form
ui  hci  medialab  mitmedialab  oblong  jh  underkoffler 
august 2018 by nelson
The History of Processing
Creation of the programming environment for designers
processing  proce55ing  medialab  mit  maeda  caseyreas  benfry 
may 2018 by nelson
OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong - The Verge
The utopianism set unrealistic expectations around what the laptops should be able to accomplish,” says Morgan Ames, a Berkeley researcher who’s currently writing a book about OLPC. That included Negroponte’s laptop-tossing demonstrations. “When you’re talking about a laptop that kids are using surrounded by concrete floors and cobblestone streets — there was a ton of breakage that really blindsided projects, because they expected these laptops to be a lot more indestructible.”
education  hardware  olpc  product  medialab 
april 2018 by yorksranter
OLPC retrospective
Utopian project to give laptops to kids in poor nations did not end well
medialab  negroponte  olpc  education  laptop 
april 2018 by nelson
Member collaboration: LEGO's Mindstorms — MIT Media Lab
Mindstorms, a robotic invention system that is revolutionizing LEGO construction kits, grew out of the LEGO Company’s 20-year collaboration with the Media Lab. This construction kit (commercialized in 1998) is based on MIT’s Programmable Brick technology, where a tiny, portable computer is embedded inside a traditional LEGO brick.
mindstorm  lego  robotics  mit  medialab  programming 
april 2018 by gohai
Harvard EdCast: Lifelong Kindergarten | Harvard Graduate School of Education
"The concept of kindergarten — as a place for young children to learn by interacting with materials and people around them — has existed for over 200 years, but never has the approach been so suited to the way the world works as it is today, says Mitchel Resnick, the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab.

“That approach to kindergarten is really aligned with the needs of today’s society," says Resnick, citing the need to adapt to the speed at which things change in the world. "As kids in the traditional kindergarten were playfully designing and creating things, they were developing as creative thinkers…. That’s exactly what we need.”

Being given the room to explore, experiment, and express oneself is vital to becoming a creative thinker — and to the learning process as a whole — says Resnick, author of Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play. If people aren't encouraged in their creativity at an early age, and if this isn't nutured throughout their schooling, then they aren't as prepared to deal with the unexpected when it arises.

“We’re trying to spread that approach to learners of all ages," says Resnick, who also leads the Lifelong Kindergarten research group at MIT. "We want to take what’s worked best in kindergarten and here at the Media Lab and provide opportunities for all kids of all ages to be able to explore and experiment and express themselves in that same spirit.”

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Resnick talks about the importance of nurturing creativity in learning and explains why kindergarten is the greatest invention of the last millennium."

[See also:
"Mitchel Resnick - MIT Media Lab: Lifelong Kindergarten" (2014)

"Helping Kids Develop as Creative Thinkers" (2017) ]
mitchresnick  lifelongkindergarten  mitmedialab  2017  interviews  kindergarten  play  projects  projectbasedlearning  passion  collaboration  experimentation  creativity  medialab  scratch  making  pbl  teaching  sfsh  learning  howweteach  howwelearn  risks  risktaking  education  schools  lcproject  openstudioproject  curiosity  schooling  unschooling  deschooling  mindstorms  writing  coding  programming  leaning  creating  lego  reasoning 
december 2017 by robertogreco

« earlier    

related tags

2015  2016  2017  2018  2d  30years  3d  3dprinting  4k  academic  admissions  aeolab  aesthetics  ai  amg  anarajcevic  anthropology  architecture  arduino  art  artists  atap  autism  automated  automattic  bendraper  benfry  benjaminbratton  berklee  berlin  bias  bibliobox  bioart  biohackers  biohacking  biology  blackmirror  book  books  browsing  brucetharp  bytecode  caseyreas  cellphone  center  change  changemaking  chelseabarabas  children  cinekid  civic  civicmedia  clubbiomed  cmd2015  cms  cmsw  co-working  codeclub  codesign  coding  collaboration  colleges  colombo  communication  community  computing  conductive  contextlabs  control  controllers  cool  cooper-hewitt  copper  courtneymartin  crawlers  creating  creativity  criticaltheory  critique  crowdsourcing  cultural-computing  culture  curiosity  daisyginsberg  dannyhillis  data  davidgauthier  demo  deschooling  design  designfiction  designfictiongroup  designimperialism  development  digital  digitalhumanities  dirty-tricks  discursivedesign  diversity  diy  django  documentary  documentation  doppler  drawingcircuits  dunne&raby  dynamic  eameschair  economics  education  electronicmusic  electronics  elitism  email  empathy  engineering  ethanzuckerman  ethnography  evgenymorozov  experimentation  eye  fablab  fabric  fabrication  feminism  film  fionaraby  fjs  flexibility  floss  foundation  fractal  funny  future  geek  generative  geo  gesture  glass  google  googleio  googleplus  gradschool  grants  gui  hackathon  halfbaked  hand  hardware  hci  hcie  heating  hiromiozaki  hiroshiishii  history  hive  howwelearn  howweteach  hr  humanitariandesign  hyphe  ideas  ideo  immersion  incarceration  inequality  infinitive  information  infoviz  initiative  innovation  interaction  interaction_design  interactiondesign  interactive  interfaces  interviewing  interviews  invention  ip  ixd  jackgreenstein  jackschulze  javascript  jh  jie-qi  jods  joep  joiito  journal  journalism  journals  kapton  katowice  kevinslavin  kindergarten  kino  lab  labor  labs  lamination  landscape  laptop  lawrencelessig  lcproject  leak  leaning  learning  lego  lifelongkindergarten  light  lilypad  lisbon  maeda  maker  makerspace  making  man  mapping  media  mediaarchaeology  mediatedmatter  megansmith  mentalhealth  meritocracy  midgard  mindfulness  mindstorm  mindstorms  mit  mitchresnick  mitemedialab  mitmedialab  mobilelaboratory  mooc  muriel_cooper  murielcooper  music  navigation  ned  negroponte  nelson  nerioxman  network  neurodiversity  neuroscience  neurotypicals  new-york  newmedia  news  newschool  nova  nrk  ntnu  nutraloaf  nyc  oblong  oculusrift  office  olcp  olpc  open  opencv  opensource  openstudioproject  oui  panel  paper  papert  parsons  participation  participatory  participatorydesign  passion  patent  patents  pbl  pdf  pedagogy  phd  philanthropy  philippschmidt  phone  play  pluot  pneumatic  pointerpointer  polymathspeople  popup  portugal  power  praxis  prediction  princeton  prisons  problemsolving  proce55ing  processing  product  programming  projectbasedlearning  projects  psychology  publishing  pubpub  pyralux  racism  radar  reasoning  research  resnick  ripoff  risks  risktaking  robotics  robots  ronsuskind  schooliness  schooling  schools  science  sciencepo  scratch  secondlife  seenthisbefore  sensing  seymourpapert  sfsh  shanesnow  shapeshifting  smartphone  socialchange  socialmedia  software-patents  solitaryconfinement  solutionism  soylent  spatial  speculation  speculativedesign  sputniko!anthonydunne  startups  stephanietharp  stevesilberman  suziecagle  switzerland  systems  systemsthinking  teaching  tech  technology  technosolutionism  ted  text  textile  th  thesis  thread  tiles  tools  tootme  toronto  touch  tracking  tv  twist  typography  tyranny  uhmw  ui  underkoffler  universities  unschooling  valves  video  videoconference  videoconferencing  videos  viral  virtualreality  visiblelanguageworkshop  visualization  vr  wearable  wellbeing  werk  wikipedia  women  wordpress  workshop  writing  xkcd  ycsd  zoom 

Copy this bookmark: