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Media Lab 30th Anniversary

October 30, 2015

On October 30, 2015, the Media Lab will mark its 30th anniversary with a day-long symposium, Mind, Magic & Mischief at Kresge Auditorium on the MIT campus.

Hosted by magicians Penn & Teller, the event will celebrate the Lab’s roots as a Salon des Refusés, engaging a distinguished roster of speakers who will present on topics emblematic of the Lab’s history: creative, contrarian, and counter-intuitive, with humanitarian, artistic, scientific, and social purposes.

The day-long program will feature a keynote address by Harvard experimental psychologist and best-selling science author Steve Pinker, known as one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature.

In-person attendance is by invitation only, but the event will be webcast (link will become live the morning of the event). Join us on Twitter with #ML30.

Other speakers include:

Stewart Brand
Best known as editor of the Whole Earth Catalog and author of The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at MIT.

George Church
Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and MIT, and director of PersonalGenomes.org, which provides the world’s only open-access information on human genomic, environmental, and trait data

Alan Kay
President of the Viewpoints Research Institute, best known for his pioneering work on object-oriented programming and windowing graphical user interface design.

John Maeda
Award-winning designer and former president of the Rhode Island School of Design who is a leader in the “STEAM” movement­­–adding an “A” for Art to the education acronym “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Kofi Annan in conversation with NPR’s Tom Ashbrook
The former Secretary-General of the United Nations and co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize speaks with the host of NPR’s On Point.

And a number of other surprise speakers and presentations.

A preliminary agenda will be posted soon.


October 30, 2015


MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst Street
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