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Media Lab director on confronting social problems and user-driven innovation [Christian Science Monitor]

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A long article in the Christian Science Monitor reflects on the new directions for the MIT Media Lab, including how it will relate with its sponsors. Director Frank Moss also speaks about confronting social problems and user-driven innovation.

Moss wants to more strongly focus the Media Lab on confronting “some of the looming social problems we have today,” including the healthcare challenges of an aging population and […] the directions education will head in when 100 million children in the developing world begin to learn via computer and even create their own programs.

As Moss and others see it, more innovation is going to bubble up from the users of technology themselves, [even if] that [may] mean that labs such as his could become obsolete. “I’d rather get behind it and help our sponsors understand how their businesses change when creativity comes from the bottom up.”

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