Creating scalable technologies that evolve with user inventiveness

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Andy Lippman

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Viral Communications at the Media Lab is all about how systems scale. We premiered scalable video in the 90’s, we built scalable mesh radios into 2000’s, and we now build scalable information systems. As society shifts its trust from centrally managed systems to personal and decentralized ones, we create P2P and local options that are more aligned with the interests of individuals and grassroots organizations. This includes AI-based processing of video news to engender reflection rather than reflexive reaction.

We now premier a new, larger effort called telecreativity. It’s springs from the sense that we are at an inflection point where a mix of live and remote activity will pervade life and work, from shopping to learning to working. A new normal, not a blip. Unlike past remote interaction systems that were designed to circumvent immediate circumstances, such as video versus travel, a mix of apart and together is likely to emerge. This is our challenge.

We know how to be productive remotely, but not how to be creative. New tools rather than adaptations. This means intelligence in our screens, using space beyond the sc… View full description

Viral Communications at the Media Lab is all about how systems scale. We premiered scalable video in the 90’s, we built scalable mesh radios into 2000’s, and we now build scalable information systems. As society shifts its trust from centrally managed systems to personal and decentralized ones, we create P2P and local options that are more aligned with the interests of individuals and grassroots organizations. This includes AI-based processing of video news to engender reflection rather than reflexive reaction.

We now premier a new, larger effort called telecreativity. It’s springs from the sense that we are at an inflection point where a mix of live and remote activity will pervade life and work, from shopping to learning to working. A new normal, not a blip. Unlike past remote interaction systems that were designed to circumvent immediate circumstances, such as video versus travel, a mix of apart and together is likely to emerge. This is our challenge.

We know how to be productive remotely, but not how to be creative. New tools rather than adaptations. This means intelligence in our screens, using space beyond the screen, and fashioning a built environment that is physical, visceral, expressive, and inventive. From tele-productivity into telecreativity.