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The 1% Cake

Information Ecolo-Tea

You are about to hear an insider’s thrilling account of crashed markets, sinister minds, hunger, and inequality. For the tale to make sense you must understand a few things about the Media Lab. Thing #1: there are about 150 students and 200 “other” people spread across 25 research groups, 3 floors, and 2 buildings. In […]

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The screen outside of my lab space

The Weeks that Led to Sponsor Week

The Media Lab has a giant tower full of gold coins, which students and faculty use to relax as they swim around it and make tunnels.  The tower doesn’t fill itself, though — sponsors do!  The Lab is funded by companies across the world, and in return those companies get rights to any intellectual property […]

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Foodcam in an empty state

Ode to Food Cam

I have seen the future, and it is food cam.  It is, by far, the most important and revolutionary invention to come out of the Media Lab, and you can use it right now, right here, from where you are sitting. Food cam is a webcam located on the 3rd floor of E15 — conveniently […]

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An outside view of the armada (we're in the middle -- my desk is the far left computer)

Joining the Starship Eco

Classes didn’t start until Wednesday, but as I learned during orientation we are not just students — we’re also employees working under our advisers.  My boss/adviser, Henry Holtzman, heads the “Information Ecology” group, which focuses on making information more naturally accessible in the physical world.  I highly suggest you check out the group website and […]

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Can’t talk now, need to sleep

Today was the first day of “work” at the lab (classes start tomorrow, although I don’t think I’ll have any Wednesday courses). It looks like there are 7 members of my group, which is called “Information Ecology.” We spent the first half of the day discussing registration and completely rearranging our lab space (I’ll take […]

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