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 […]

Neri Oxman builds with melanin for Totems project

Neri Oxman‘s Mediated Matter Group at MIT has designed an installation using melanin — and says the skin pigment will inevitably be used in architecture. A new commission for the XXII Triennale di Milano, the Totems sculpture features flesh-coloured plumes, formed by injecting liquid melanin into intricate channels within a 3D-printed transparent brick. It is based […]

BIG unveils Oceanix City concept for floating villages that can withstand hurricanes

Architecture firm BIG has designed a concept for a floating city of 10,000 people that could help populations threatened by extreme weather events and rising sea levels. BIG founder Bjarke Ingels unveiled the scheme yesterday at a round-table discussion on floating cities at the United Nations’s New York headquarters. Called Oceanix City, the concept consists […]

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