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Joe Paradiso Responsive Environment Media Lab, MIT, SRG1/ 2.008

Event Date: May 23, 2019 14:0

Looking Past The Internet of Things - How We Will Connect To Our Networked Future

We have already witnessed profound and often unanticipated developments as IoT is built out and the world is mediated via a mainly graphic wireless device held at arm’s length. But what will happen once the world is precognitively interpreted by what we term ‘sensory prosthetics’ that change what and how humans physically perceive, a world where your own intelligence is split ever more seamlessly between your brain and the cloud? Accordingly, this talk will overview the broad theme of interfacing humans to the ubiquitous electronic "nervous system" that sensor networks will soon extend across things, places, and people, going well beyond the ‘Internet of Things,’ challenging the notion of physical presence. I'll illustrate this through two avenues of research - one looking at a new kind of digital "omniscience" (e.g., different kinds of browsers for sensor network data & agile frameworks for sensor/data representation) and the other looking at buildings & tools as "prosthetic" extensions of humans (e.g., making HVAC and lighting systems an extension of your natural activity and sense of comfort, or smart tools as human-robot cooperation in the hand), drawing from many projects that are running in my group at the MIT Media Lab and touching on technical areas ranging from low-power wearable sensing/computing to spatialized/cognitive audio and distributed sensor networks.


Joseph Paradiso joined the MIT Media Laboratory in 1994, where he is the Alexander W. Dreyfoos (1954) Professor in Media Arts and Sciences. He is currently serving as the associate academic head of the MAS Program, and also directs the Media Lab's Responsive Environments Research Group, which explores which explores how sensor networks augment and mediate human experience, interaction and perception. His current research interests include embedded sensing systems and sensor networks, wearable and body sensor networks, energy harvesting and power management for embedded sensors, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, localization systems, passive and RFID sensor architectures, human-computer interfaces, smart rooms/buildings/cities, and interactive music/media. He has also served as co-director of the Things That Think Consortium, a group of Media Lab researchers and industrial partners examining the extreme future of embedded computation and sensing.
Full bio: http://paradiso.media.mit.edu/Bio.html


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