Tag: Media Lab

  • Ireland counts the cost of MIT Media Lab fiasco

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    $40m down the bog

    The Irish government invested $40m of taxpayers’ money in MIT’s Media’s Lab Europe – and has bugger all to show for it.

    A report by the Republic’s public auditor-general also reveals that Media Lab executives awarded themselves large severance pay-offs when the money was running out, and refused to refund public money as the original agreement had specified.

    Eire’s comptroller called the output of the Media Lab over five years “dismal”. The Lab netted only €7m … Read More

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  • MIT invents computer that runs away

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    MIT has taken the unfriendly computer interface to its natural conclusion: and created a computer that runs away from you.

    We’ve all had experiences with user interface elements that run away from us: toolbars in Windows, or the drive icons on the Mac OS X desktop, for example. But “Clocky” goes all the way – it’s an alarm clock that has wheels. If you hit the snooze button, “Clocky” rolls away and hides. To make life doubly difficult, … Read More

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