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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is an independent, coeducational university centered on science and technology, located along the Charles River in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts directly across from Boston and downstream from Harvard University. MIT is one of the premier research universities in the world. The school has a very good academic environment for learning; it is also a pioneer in including undergraduates in actual research groups, with the extensive UROP program, and thereby enhancing undergraduate education from being a dry memorization of prior work. MIT excels in science and technology, but is also strong in philosophy and a few of the social sciences such as economics, linguistics, and anthropology. Its best-known computer-related labs are Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science (soon to be merged into CSAIL), as well as the Media Lab. The MIT student body comprises roughly 4000 undergraduates and 6000 graduate students. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIT

People Associated with MIT

Hal Abelson -- computer scientist George Boolos -- philosopher and mathematical logician Vannevar Bush -- scientist & engineer, bureaucrat Noam Chomsky -- linguist John Deutsch -- former CIA director "Doc" Edgerton -- photographer, scientist David A. Huffman -- computer scientist J. C. R. Licklider -- leader of the IPTO Alan Lightman -- writer, physicist Robert C. Merton -- economist Marvin Minsky -- artificial intelligence guru Franco Modigliani -- economist Nicholas Negroponte -- media wonk Seymour Papert -- education & computers Steven Pinker -- cognitive scientist Gian-Carlo Rota -- mathematician & philosopher Paul Samuelson -- economist Edgar Schein -- organizational psychologist Myron S. Scholes -- ecomomist Claude E. Shannon -- information theorist Isadore Singer -- mathematician, Institute Professor Richard Stallman -- free software activist Ivan Sutherland -- computer graphics pioneer Sherry Turkle -- clinical psychologist and sociologist Joseph Weizenbaum -- computer scientist Norbert Wiener -- mathematician --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIT

Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte (born 1943) is an American computer scientist best known as founder and director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab. Thanks to his personal charisma and his aura of a technological visionary, he has been very successful at attracting corporate sponsors for the Media Lab, a skill for which he is greatly admired.

Born the son of a Greek ship owner on New York City's Upper East Side, Negroponte studied at MIT, where as a graduate student he specialized in the field of computer-aided design. He joined the faculty of MIT in 1966. For several years thereafter he divided his teaching time between MIT and visiting professorships at Yale, Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley.

In 1968 he also founded MIT's Architecture Machine Group, a combination lab and think tank which studied new approaches to the human-computer interface.

In 1985, Negroponte piloted MIT's Media Lab into existence. It developed into a famous and generously-funded computer science laboratory for new media and a high-tech playground for investigating the human-computer interface.

In 1992, he became involved in the creation of Wired Magazine as a minority investor. From 1993 to 1998, he contributed a monthly column to the magazine in which he reiterated a basic theme, his credo "Move bits, not atoms."

Negroponte expanded many of the ideas he wrote about in his Wired columns to a bestselling book Being Digital (1995), in which he surveyed the recent history of media technology, his now rehashing well-known forecast that the interactive world, the entertainment world, and the information world would eventually merge.

Being Digital sold well and was translated into some twenty languages. However, critics faulted his techno-utopian ideas for failing to consider the historical, political, cultural realities with which new technologies should be viewed. In the years following dot-com bust, the book dated quickly.

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