Do you like the way your voice sounds on recordings? Why is it different from the one we hear in our heads? MIT researcher Rebecca Kleinberger explains the odd relationships humans have with their voices, and the extraordinary things our voices can communicate even without our being aware of it. Biology, evolutionary theory, physics, and philosophy all come into play in this fascinating and revelatory look at all we communicate through our voices. This talk is now featured on TED.com
TEDxBeaconStreet Interview with Rébecca Kleinberger
How developers are humanizing their virtual personal assistants.
“The virtual personal assistant is romanticized in utopian portrayals of the future from The Jetsons to Star Trek. It’s the cultured, disembodied voice at humanity’s beck and call, eager and willing to do any number of menial tasks.”
This year the theme of the conference is Post-digital Design. In the early days of TEI, a common assumption was that our physical mundane reality could be augmented by sprinkling it with the magic of digital technology. Over the last decade there is less mystery to the realm of digital technologies as the digital have become the mundane, inseparable from our everyday routines.
In our ongoing audio series, Meet the Labbers, we hear people from all roles across the Media Lab talk about what they do and why they do it.
Today, meet Rébecca Kleinberger.
What is a member event? Twice a year, members companies gather at the Media Lab to view demonstrations of current work, attend research group open houses, and hear from prominent outside speakers. These meetings provide an ideal opportunity to keep up on the latest developments in the Lab, form relationships with faculty and student researchers, and for members to interact with each other.
The OPEN MIND :: OPEN ART project asks:
What does The Future of Mental Health & Wellness look like?
A 2 week-long public gallery with daily hangouts & a celebratory Opening Night Ceremony featuring Artists, Performers, and Hackers that are shaping the Future of “Mental Health & Wellness”
10 MIT Artists were selected to share their thoughts, feelings, and visions through their art. What follows is an experiment in the provocation and willingness to share, through public spaces, and affect the world around us.
Consciousness Hacking is a growing community interested in expanding the focus area of local design, science and tech talent to include contemplative frameworks. This event brings together experts in Neuro-Engineering, Meditation, Psychiatry, Self-Reflection Technology and more. Speakers include Dr. Jeffrey Rediger, Dr. Andreas Mershin, Baruti KMT-Sisouvong, and Chris Berlin
Very dense series of one day consulting sessions diving deep into the challenges and visions of the Japanese companies member of the Media Lab. Enriching cultural exchanges and valuable brainstorm with engineers, managers and visionaries to think about the future.
As part of Akito van Troyer’s Experimental Music class at Colorado College. The talked covered both the role played by animal sounds in the origins of music and the human use of animals in experimental music.
For MIT Girl’s day, the MIT museum asks the question: What do scientists look like? Researchers celebrate women in environmental sciences and engineering.
Inside the MIT Media Lab, the story behind the photo: In 2013 a small group of student from the Lab were asked to help with the design of a front cover of the FT magazine, the idea was to represent all the facets of the Lab through physical objects. We decided to try our best to represent the all community and during two weeks we explored the Lab meeting new people, discovering their projects and scavenging for physical artifacts. We ended up spelling the title of the article out of physical objects including a DIY air liquifier, the internal mechanism of a robotic underwater anemone, LEGO blocks, a robotic prosthesis, a hyperviolin, a gyroscopically stabilized electric unicycle or a Mobile Social Dextrous robot. Through this story I want to present the Media Lab from my own experience of working there but also explore the notion of the cohesion of such a place behind the happy chaos of a pluri-disciplinar and pluri-cultural community.
Fro 7 to 77 years old, participants were invited to carve their own eggshells.
We described and demonstrated the different phases of the process: learning about the structure, physics and biology of eggshells, choosing the eggs, blowing and cleaning the eggs, preparing the design, choosing the tools, carving, finishing.
Dandelion Diptych is a collaborators with Jie Qi and Nicole Teeny using Jie’s circuit stickers into an interactive artpiece
At the end of April, an estimated 3.5 million employers opened their doors to kids in their communities for “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year, President Obama encouraged employers to expand their programs to youth who are typically unable to participate. The White House, OSTP, NASA, and other Federal agencies joined groups like Girl Scouts of the USA and the Microsoft Corporation in taking the President’s message to heart, hosting activities at their workplaces designed to get youth interested in and excited about STEM careers.
At the circuit station, kids worked with OSTP staff to create custom electronic cards. After getting a quick crash course on circuitry, the kids were able to use paper, copper stickers, a small battery, and a tiny LED light to build an interactive card that they could personalize.
At this free community event, we bring scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, thinkers and tinkerers — and all kinds of innovative minds together to share their work with people interested in STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts, math). This gathering is part of our efforts to break down the walls between science and the general public, and inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators. More than 300 people of all ages joined us for our symposium last fall
Sound waves have brought musical pleasure to humans since the beginning of history and now, scientists are using sound waves for medical research and treatment. Learn about innovative uses of sound waves in medicine from experts in the fields of ultrasound imaging, vocal vibration therapy, cancer detection, and music therapy. And, explore these methods yourself!
Second iteration of the Vocal Vibration exhibition. Vocal Vibrations explores the relationships between human physiology and the resonant vibrations of the voice. The voice is an instrument everyone possesses. It is incredibly individual, infinitely expressive, and intimately linked to the physical form. In collaboration with Le Laboratoire in Paris and The Dalai Lama Center at MIT, we are examining the hypothesis that the singing voice can influence mental and physical health through physicochemical phenomena and in ways consistent with contemplative practices. We are developing a series of multimedia experiences, from solo “meditations” to group “singing circles,” that explore possible emotional, cognitive, and physical transformations, all in an enveloping context of immersive music.
Vocal Vibrations explores the relationships between human physiology and the resonant vibrations of the voice. The voice is an instrument everyone possesses. It is incredibly individual, infinitely expressive, and intimately linked to the physical form. In collaboration with Le Laboratoire in Paris and The Dalai Lama Center at MIT, we are examining the hypothesis that the singing voice can influence mental and physical health through physicochemical phenomena and in ways consistent with contemplative practices. We are developing a series of multimedia experiences, from solo “meditations” to group “singing circles,” that explore possible emotional, cognitive, and physical transformations, all in an enveloping context of immersive music.
Personal Opera is a radically innovative creative environment that enables anyone to create musical masterpieces sharing one’s deepest thoughts, feelings, and memories. Based on our design of, and experience with, such projects as Hyperscore and the Brain Opera, we are developing a totally new environment to allow the incorporation of personal stories, images, and both original and well-loved music and sounds. Personal Opera builds on our guiding principle that active music creation yields far more powerful benefits than passive listening. Using music as the through-line for assembling and conveying our own individual legacies, Personal Opera represents a new form of expressive archiving; easy to use and powerful to experience. In partnership with the Royal Opera House in London, we have begun conducting Personal Opera workshops specifically targeting seniors to help them tell their own meaningful stories through music, text, visuals, and acting.