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Things that think

Most things do not think. The digital revolution has not included the familiar things around us, but sensing, computing, and communications belong in clothing and in furniture more than on desktops. Developing beyond today's intrusive information technologies is going to require much more capable devices that are embedded much more finely into our environment, the means to connect them into local and global systems, and new applications that can use such resources to solve outstanding personal and social problems. These are the topics of the Media Lab's industrial research consortium Things That Think. I will describe the research supporting this vision, ranging from making liquid computers to electronic inks to tangible interfaces to self-organizing networks to wearable and emotional computers, and introduce emerging products. And the articles that I mentioned are at
Type of Seminar:
New Vistas
Prof. Neil Gershenfeld
Physics and Media Group MIT Media Lab , Cambridge USA
Nov 09, 1998   17:15

Contact Person:

Prof. M. Morari
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Biographical Sketch:
Neil Gershenfeld manages the Physics and Media Group at the MIT Media Lab and co-directs the Things That Think research consortium. His lab investigates the interface between the content of information and its physical representation, from building molecular quantum computers to building musical instruments for collaborations ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Penn & Teller. He has a BA in Physics from Swarthmore College, was a technician at Bell Labs using lasers for atomic and nuclear physics experiments, received a Ph.D. from Cornell University studying order- disorder transitions in condensed matter systems, and he was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.