The map, one of the central elements of navigation, has expanded in capability since the form has been translated to digital. Case in point, the MIT Media Lab’s “You Are Here” project is a collection of maps that visualize a variety of datasets over space. Things from bike accidents to coffee shops, graffiti reports, and transit connectivity are all laid out, using a variety of open data and other online resources, such as Google’s map directions services API. — marketplace.org
Joichi Ito initially thought he wouldn’t be a good fit for MIT.
Ito is the new director of the MIT Media Lab, known as a hub of innovation; technologies created there have turned into products such as Guitar Hero and the Amazon Kindle...
WBUR’s All Things Considered host Sacha Pfeiffer toured the Media Lab with Ito on his first day at work recently and asked him about his early reservations about his new job. — wbur.org
On Tuesday, the university plans to announce that Joichi Ito, known as Joi, will become the fourth director of the M.I.T. Media Laboratory, which was originally founded by the architect Nicholas Negroponte in 1985 and has since become recognized for its willingness to take risks in developing technologies that are at the edge of the computing frontier. — New York Times
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