banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
point of care
sports and fitness
natural language processing
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Extending human and computer abilities in sensing, communication, and actuation through signals and networks
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
Looking beyond smart cities
Space Exploration Initiative
The LEGO Wayfinder project combines LEGO, robotics, and seawater into a playground of project-based learning and citizen science for budd...
Designing systems for cognitive enhancement
The aim of this project is to create an open source digital library with open data sets that cross link phenotypic response in plant...
We present Piezo-Acoustic Backscatter (PAB), the first technology that enables backscatter networking in underwater environments. PAB rel...
All over Africa, experts use satellite Earth Observation (EO) data for applications such as monitoring crop health or assessing the risk ...
Lighting conditions in an indoor environment have been shown to affect our cognition and behaviors in a variety of ways. On average, we s...
Enhancing human physical capability
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Project Captivate have been designed to serve as a easy and reliable platform to measure physiology in the real world. We've desi...
Cultivating wisdom through evolutionary and ecological engineering
Regenerative agriculture, or “carbon farming,” is the use of agricultural practices and crops that draw down excess atmospheric carbon th...
The Passive Seismic Experiment was the first seismometer placed on the Moon’s surface. It detected lunar "moonquakes" and provided inform...
TransparenSea is an AI system that uses video from tuna longline vessels as input to identify dangerous fishing practices while at sea.Co...
Biological Carbon Pump (BCP), which refers to the transport of particulate organic carbon (POC) from the ocean’s surface to the bottom, d...
Tidmarsh is a 600-acre former cranberry farm near Plymouth, MA that has undergone a restoration to wetland. We have instrumented the site...
Drawing inspiration from the notion of cognitive incongruence associated with Stroop's famous experiment, from musical principles, and fr...
An astronaut's ability to leverage the sense of touch is substantially reduced when wearing a protective, pressurized spacesuit. We imagi...
Microbial monitoring plays a critical role in informing governments, researchers, and locals on the health of their ecosystem. Unfo...
New generative AI technologies (such as the Generative Adversarial Network, or GAN) can allow us to imagine new species. Hidden within th...
The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space. Simultane...
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Creating scalable technologies that evolve with user inventiveness
Two of the most important traits of environmental hazards today are their invisibility and the fact that they are experienced by communit...
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
City Science researchers are developing a slew of tangible and digital platforms dedicated to solving spatial design and urban planning c...
Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)
The OpenAg™ Personal Food Computer is a tabletop-sized, controlled environment agriculture technology platform that uses robotic systems ...
Aguahoja—a winner of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards—rethinks the paradigm of recycling.
"Space belongs to all countries—every country deserves equal opportunities to pursue scientific achievement for societal benefit."
Team Pulse of the Ocean becomes an Explorer Prize winner in the DISCOVER Competition—the first stage of the Ocean Observing Prize.
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.
The Māori of Aotearoa (New Zealand) have a long and deep connection to their island and ocean ecosystem. Concepts such as ...
Microbes are the foundation upon which life on Earth depends: they set the boundaries of habitability for all plants and animals and crea...
Beyond the Cradle
A five-story mixed-use structure in Roxbury represents a new kind of net-zero-energy building, made from wood.
Urban populations around the world are rapidly growing. To improve livability, urban residents must reduce dependency on fossil fuels and...
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
The following Media Lab students joined the MIT India Initiative in Mumbai for this workshop.
Who needs best-by labels when your package is sensing the food inside it?
Danielle Wood's official testimony from the congressional hearing for the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.
A consortium established last year to develop a rating to measure how well satellites comply with space sustainability guidelines expects to
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
We already have all the tools we need to fix climate change. We just need to use them.
Kevin Esvelt and other experts discuss potential technological approaches to combating mosquito-borne diseases.
Produced by Media Lab spinoff Graviky Labs, AIR-INK was developed by Fluid Interfaces alum Anirudh Sharma.
How does one scientist deal with the potential ramifications of his own creation?
Congratulations to Fluid Interfaces alum Anirudh Sharma and his spinoff Graviky Labs!
Neil Gaikwad, a PhD student in the Media Lab's Space Enabled research group, has received the GSC Graduate Teaching Award, an Institute A...
Neri Oxman, Abrima Erwiah, Tracy Reese, Gabriela Hearst, Eileen Fisher, Karina Givargisoff addressed the issue at UN Women USA event.
Ufuoma Ovienmhada discusses her work using satellite data to help manage invasive water hyacinth in Benin.
In nature, hair has numerous functions such as providing warmth, adhesion, locomotion, sensing, and a sense of touch, as well as its well...
Danielle Wood discusses the satellite technology research and other work underway in her Space Enabled research group.
Andorra and the City Science research group at the MIT Media Lab are taking on the challenge of turning Andorra into an “Internationally ...
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne infection in North America. People are infected when bitten by ticks; ticks are typically in...
Humanity is facing thorny problems on all fronts. These folks are working to solve them—and trying to avoid the unintended consequences.
Noah Wilson-Rich suggests that urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species.
Bees are dying off in record numbers, but ecologist Noah Wilson-Rich is interested in something else: Where are bees healthy and thriving?
Creating technology for social change
Building socially engaging robots and interactive technologies to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better
Summer’s great indoor-temperature debate rages on.
Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. Using its own internal electrical signals, the plant is inter...