DataDownload: The rise of the TikTok fame machine A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

Today — we’re thinking about the world. As New York returns, India struggles. TikTok grew well beyond its roots in China, but the innovation and approach are most certainly unfamiliar. PlayStation has gamers on the edge of their seats. And the Media Lab’s conversation about NFT’s has taken the future of Art to a whole new level.

Hope you’re having a good week. And remember, wear a mask.

As always, look forward to…


Innovation Monitor: TIm Berners-Lee and the invention of the World Wide Web

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Monitor.

Did you know the history of The Internet is linked to particle physics? No, not in terms of quantum computing, or in another meta way. Specifically, Geneva’s European Particle Physics Laboratory, CERN, where 41 years ago in 1980, a 25-year-old Tim Berners-Lee arrived to update the control systems for some of the lab’s particle accelerators.

But there was a problem. “The big challenge for contract programmers was to try to understand the systems…


MAY 2021: Can NFTs Fund the Future for Artists? Plus free tix to WSJ’s Future Of Everything Festival View this email in your browser

Wow. What a month. It’s so much fun do be able to share with you information about events that are happening in our community — each of them in their own way about one thing…building for the future. My colleague Abran Maldonado is moderating a conversation about the fast-growing phenomenon known as NFTs. You don’t want to miss this — sign up HERE. The Media Lab is co-sponsoring the WSJ Future Of Everything Festival — and…


DataDownload: Inside Netflix’s major Play Something update A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

Back when I was a kid, going to Baskin Robbins was wonderful. 31 flavors… so much choice!

You have to admit it — when it comes to Netflix, you suffer from decision fatigue. Vulture has a great piece on the streamer’s strategy to replace that with new tools.

Speaking of decision fatigue, Facebook’s Supreme Court whiffed, and decided not to decide. So, there we go. And speaking of conundrums…why does the US have two different…


Innovation Monitor: Ada Lovelace and the Story of Note G

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Ada Lovelace’s name has graced sci-fi classics like William Gibson’s The Difference Engine, TV shows like Doctor Who, and (of course) Google Doodles. Her major contribution to computer science has been boiled down for decades as being the world’s first programmer.

While this has been debated ad nauseam (there’s even an academic niche dedicated to this), most accounts seem to gloss over the actual program she wrote, what it did, and why it was so…


DataDownload: Remembering Dan Kaminsky, the digital Paul Revere A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

Daniel Kaminsky died this week. He was an internet innovator, and he was 42. What isn’t as widely known is that he died from diabetes. It was, as we now so often hear, a ‘preexisting condition.’ That phrase was used to explain early deaths from COVID-19, and to battle get American’s decent health care coverage. But the simple fact is, most everyone you know has something. It’s time to acknowledge that improving heath care is a…


Innovation Monitor — Inventor Edition: Douglas Engelbart and interactive computing

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Monitor.

We recently crossed 100 editions threshold of this NYC Media Lab Innovation Monitor newsletter. We’ve covered a variety of current-day topics ranging from mRNA vaccines to the TikTok algorithm to femtech innovations. But at the end of every newsletter, we go back in time a bit with the This Week in Business History fact. We’ve received feedback on how people love scrolling to the end to read them, so we’re trying something new: a series on…


DataDownload: Can Apple reinvent privacy? A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

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Today — we’re thinking about data privacy. Maybe it’s because Apple’s new computers are so pretty (purple iPhone… mmmm). But that’s not the big Apple story. They’re going to change the way people are alerted too, and protected from data tracking. And that’s a big deal. The article about the death of content moderation is timely and relevant. Because the fact is that algorithms aren’t moderators, they have rules, not…


Innovation Monitor: Climate Change and Innovation (with a focus on our hometown of NYC!)

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Monitor.

Happy (day after) Earth Day! Let’s start with some climate reality. Whether we call it a climate emergency or climate crisis, we’re well into seeing the dangerous effects of CO2 emissions, pollution, and human activity.

More the half of Australia’s Great Barrier Reefs has been lost. Greenland and the Antarctic’s ice sheets are melting, and coastal cities around the world, especially in the global south, are at increased risk of…


APRIL 2021: Unlocking New Possibilities in Art & AI And we discuss the future of trust View this email in your browser

Today — we’re seeing progress all around us. Steps forward in the journey toward a more just and inclusive society. Amazing work with our Media Lab members and student challenge participants. And buds on the trees, as spring is in the air.

In the weeks ahead, we’re going to explore NFTs, announce a big initiative with 5 amazing partners, and roll out our early summer Machines + Media event. But for now, enjoy the warm breeze…

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