25 Years of the MIT Media Lab

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This "MDS" robot is a project of the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab
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The MIT Media Lab turns 25 today. We take a look back at the novel idea behind this multidisciplinary academic lab that harnessed (and continues to harness) the creative energy of the digital revolution to develop major innovations in art and design, IT and mass communications. The display behind e-book readers such as the Kindle and Nook, the innovation behind the wildly popular "Guitar Hero" video games, and the "One Laptop Per Child" initiative all came from the Media Lab.

The lab's founder, Nicholas Negroponte, says that when they founded the program 25 years ago, the idea of an interdisciplinary lab was completely radical in the world of academia.