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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Frank Moss on MIT Media Lab

Frank Moss, who recently took the helm at MIT Media Lab from the legendary Nicholas Negroponte, discusses his visions of the future in an interview for Newsweek. Among his key projects for the Media Lab:

  • "Biomechatronic" prostheses that interact with the brain just like natural limbs, and "neural prostheses that will amplify and repair our memories."
  • Smart cars whose engines and transmissions are contained in the wheels, lessening weight and providing better use of space.
  • Sociable robots that can read humans' emotions and serve as caretakers.
  • New ways of balancing technology and information privacy.