banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
point of care
sports and fitness
natural language processing
Revealing insights into the human condition and repairing brain disorders via novel tools for mapping and fixing brain computations
Designing systems for cognitive enhancement
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
Advance human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
The research described here has been published on a preprint server but has not yet been peer-reviewed by scientific or medical experts.T...
Computational modeling yields a protein fragment that could bind to coronavirus spike proteins and destroy them.
Flavor, in addition to making our food delicious, is one way of sensing biochemical richness. A highly flavorful plant generally con...
Enhancing human physical capability
Cultivating wisdom through evolutionary and ecological engineering
Center for Extreme Bionics
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Living Bits : Opportunities and Challenges for Integrating Living Microorganisms in Human-Computer InteractionThere are trillions of livi...
Cells’ biomechanical responses to external stimuli have been intensively studied but rarely implemented into devices that interact w...
Engineering at the limits of complexity with molecular-scale parts
Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)
Aguahoja—a winner of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards—rethinks the paradigm of recycling.
In April 2019, Shuguang Zhang's lab started to use the QTY code to design a class of water-soluble cytokine receptors, including interfer...
In collaboration with Prof. Tao Fei’s lab (Shanghai Jiaotong University, China)In addition to a large number of membrane proteins that co...
In collaboration with Prof. Horst Vogel and Dr. Horst Pick (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland).G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are vital fo...
Structure and function studies of membrane proteins, particularly G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and multipass transmembrane protein...
Team designs antibody-like receptor proteins that can bind to cytokines, as possible strategy for treating coronavirus and other infections.
An MIT research team is using supercomputers to help develop a drug to treat the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
www.ajlunited.orgAn unseen force is rising—helping to determine who is hired, granted a loan, or even how long someone spends in prison. ...
Esvelt's career has gone from straight science into ethics and safety.
How biologist Kevin Esvelt came to know the planet, in his own words.
Congratulations to Pat Pataranutaporn, Angela Vujic, David Kong, Pattie Maes, and Misha Sra!
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
What are radically sustainable methods for knitting, making and building in the age of the Anthropocene? How can humankind and members of...
“My team and I stand in the crossroads, challenging some of the processes that designers face at the intersection of biology and technology"
A major concern for manned missions is space radiation. Ionizing radiation is known to pose both acute and chronic risks to many organism...
The venturesome Oxman talks experimental materials and lunar habitation with the renowned architect.
To build a new pavilion in midtown Manhattan, the architect Neri Oxman employed 17,000 silkworms.
Programmable Water-Based Biocomposites for Digital Design and Fabrication across ScalesAguahoja is an exploration of nature’s design spac...
Designing for, with, and by nature
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioceptio...
Sculpting Evolution head Kevin Esvelt shares how emerging technologies can help us fight the new coronavirus.
Complex biological systems such as brain circuits are extended 3-D structures made out of nanoscale building blocks such as proteins, RNA...
“[The wild boars] look at me like I am a visitor. It's like they’re the owners and I’m the guest. Wild animals that normally live in natu...
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne infection in North America. People are infected when bitten by ticks; ticks are typically in...
Core77 reports on the Fluid Interfaces group’s work in cyborg botany.
Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. Using its own internal electrical signals, the plant is inter...
Caleb Harper discusses how machine learning-enabled "food computers" were used to find the optimal conditions to grow basil.
A group at MIT created polymers derived from organic matter, printed by a robot, and shaped by water.
Plants can sense the environment, other living entities and regenerate, actuate or grow in response. Our interaction and communicati...
On Should This Exist?, Sculpting Evolution head Kevin Esvelt grapples with the potential benefits and consequences of gene drive.
Vegas, A., et al. Combinatorial hydrogel library enables identification of materials that mitigate the foreign body response in primates., Nature Biotechnology, 34: 345-352, 2016. PMCID: PMC4904301
More ocean data has been collected in the last two years than in all previous years combined, and we are on a path to continue to break t...
How will gene drive systems evolve once released into the wild? Can they be reliably overwritten and blocked by immunizing reversal drive...
Who should decide whether, when, and how to alter the environment? These are hard questions, especially when the decisions will impact pe...
Because old-school surgical amputation hasn’t kept up with modern-day medicine.
How the Mediated Matter group’s Aguahoja project transforms some of the most abundant materials on the planet into structural art.
The metaphor of the frog in water that is heated slowly has long been used to describe the potential risk of climate change.
Cummings School and MIT are working with Massachusetts citizens to deploy immune mice as frontline soldiers in the war against the disease.
Descending into the dark sea is like exploring deep space.
Assisting physicians and patients by novel computational processes at the point-of-care.
General overview:Sepsis, a life-threatening complication of bacterial infection, leads to millions of worldwide deaths requires significa...
General OverviewStaining of tissues sections using chemical and biological dyes has been used for over a century for visualizing various ...
Sareen is a research affiliate within the Fluid Interfaces group, and worked with lab founder Pattie Maes to develop the project.
iBiology features two introductory classes from CRISPR expert Kevin Esvelt, head of the Media Lab's Sculpting Evolution group.
A Parsons and MIT researcher hooked up electrodes to a plant’s leaves to turn it into a robotic sensor.
Introducing Elowan, a robot-plant hybrid designed by Harpreet Sareen and Pattie Maes, both from MIT Media Lab.
The 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list includes at least three members of the Media Lab community.
Cryptography techniques to screen synthetic DNA could help prevent the creation of dangerous pathogens, argues Professor Kevin Esvelt
The Gender Shades project pilots an intersectional approach to inclusive product testing for AI.Algorithmic Bias PersistsGender Shades is...