Mediated Matter Group designs robotically fabricated structure using organic matter

Neri Oxman‘s Mediated Matter Group has digitally designed and robotically fabricated a structure using the molecular components found in tree branches, insect exoskeletons and human bones. Aguahoja I examines how even the materials that we consider waste can inform design. Standing five meters tall, the structure’s skin is composed of cellulose, chitosan, and pectin – […]

MIT Media Lab director resigns after allegedly covering up Jeffrey Epstein donations

Joichi Ito has stepped down as director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab after The New Yorker magazine claimed he made efforts to hide donations from American businessman and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Ito’s resignation from the research laboratory on 7 September came one day after the magazine reported that he had tried […]

MIT Media Lab faces investigation following revelations of ties to Jeffrey Epstein

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is to investigate Joichi Ito, the director of the school’s Media Lab, after it was revealed he accepted donations from American businessman and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The New York Times reported news of the “fact-finding” mission yesterday, after obtaining an email sent by the university’s president L Rafael Reif to […]

MIT researchers engineer “cyborg” plants for motion-tracking and sending notifications

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology‘s “cyborg botany” researchers have turned plants into sensors and displays, suggesting we use them as a gentle alternative to electronic screens. Harpreet Sareen and Pattie Maes from the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group have been researching how to merge plants and artificial electronics to create new interfaces. “Plants are normally […]

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