banking and finance
internet of things
point of care
neural interfacing and control
sports and fitness
natural language processing
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Space Exploration Initiative
Looking beyond smart cities
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
Major political campaigns and nonprofit organizations use bespoke systems to organize, inform, and solicit members. These top-down system...
Earlier studies proved that behavior is highly shaped and constrained by one's social networks, and demonstrated ways in which individual...
Joi Ito calls for responsible stewardship of the commons beyond our planet.
Ito shares his thoughts on the difficulty of making the right decisions in the face of what, to the public, appears to be obviously wrong.
Ethan Zuckerman reflects on a year of research with collaborators to determine how the French media landscape differs from that of the US.
Creating technology for social change
Urban populations around the world are rapidly growing. To improve livability, urban residents must reduce dependency on fossil fuels and...
Bias by us envisions a future of media diversity by understanding the bias of today.Our work seeks to understand how the US media ec...
Civic technology should empower us as citizens. But despite its breadth as a field, civic technology often takes its lead from Silicon Va...
The Electome: Where AI meets political journalismThe Electome project is a machine-driven mapping and analysis of public sphere content a...
Extending expression, learning, and health through innovations in musical composition, performance, and participation
“Can a man know the truth and tell it to the greatest number and still be misunderstood? Can one man be of the many and still be known?” ...
Creating scalable technologies that evolve with user inventiveness
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Opera of the Future head Tod Machover talks to Korea JoongAng Daily about “Symphony for the Koreas.”
Civic Entertainment is a project based at the Center for Civic Media that explores the intersection of civic engagement with film, televi...
Researchers say new facilities in space should be available to scientists from any country.
For decades, the International Space Station (ISS) has operated as a bastion of international cooperation and a unique testbed for microg...
A bold idea to replace politicians
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Engineering at the limits of complexity with molecular-scale parts
Transforming data into knowledge
Liberals and conservatives alike love—and fear—the idea of giving free money to everyone. But we have to try it anyway.
Social Mirror is a web application that helps Twitter users interactively explore the politically active parts of their social network. ...
This 2018 AI and Governance Assembly project, EqualAIs, was a multifaceted investigation into the technical, policy and societal question...
MIT Technology Review Article featuring LSM research
This is what a trade war looks like.
Graeff, Erhardt (2018). Evaluating Civic Technology Design for Citizen Empowerment. PhD Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The development of biotechnologies since the era of recombinant DNA in the 1970s has occurred largely via the interaction of academic, in...
In September 2014, 150 parents, engineers, designers, and healthcare practitioners gathered at the MIT Media Lab for the "Make the Breast...
How to distill meaning from complex everyday experiences.
Measuring Cooperation at Scale
Frank, M. R., Obradovich, N., Sun, L., Woon, W. L., LeVeck, B. L., & Rahwan, I. (2018). Detecting reciprocity at a global scale. Science Advances, 4(1), eaao5348.
Political constitutions describe the fundamental principles by which nation-states are governed, the political and legal state institutio...
On April 26, 2017, Erhardt Graeff spoke about "Designing for Monitorial Citizenship" at The Impact of Civic Technology Conference (TICTeC...
Ali Nahm, Sandy Pentland, Peter Krafft. (2016). Inferring Population Preferences via Mixtures of Spatial Voting Models. The 8th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo).
FlipFeed is a Google Chrome Extension that enables Twitter users to replace their own feed with that of another real Twitter user. Powere...
How we can understand human behavior (rationality, semi-rationality, bounded rationality, and just plain irrationality) in day-to-day behaviors, and in particular in electronic environments.
How to engineer and disseminate powerful, low-cost design and fabrication technologies at a grassroots level.
How to redefine and expand the conceptual framework and language of learning by creating new technologies and spheres of practice.
How radical new collaborations will catalyze a revolution in health.
How to bring the programmability of the digital world to the physical world.
How to build intelligent music systems out of interacting audio-processing agents.