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Jeff Flake @ IOP
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Jeff Flake @ IOP

Jeff L. Flake (D-Ariz.), center, and his son, left, attended the Institute of Politics’ Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress in 2000.

renee-fred-protest
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An Asian-American Awakening

The minority student orientation banquet of 1976 can be viewed as a microcosm of the common history binding Asian Americans together — a history of exclusion and assimilation, of invisibility and protest, of being “forever foreign” and “model minority” all at once.

Moral Labyrinth Installation Progress
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An Interdisciplinary Tangle

“The digital is not immaterial, it’s not some realm alternate to the realm we inhabit as human beings. We think of it as very palpable and material. What we’re interested in is our forms of ideation that translate into our forms of practice.”

Distinction Machine Tablet
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Distinction Machine Tablet

The Distinction Machine's resulting patterns are shown on tablets and reveal how computers are largely incapable of expressing ambiguity.

Curricle Departments
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Curricle Departments

Curricle allows users to search for courses by keywords, departments professor networks, and learning styles. Through interactive visual graphics and knowledge networks, Curricle aims to make the course selection process more engaging for students.

Curricle Diagram
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Curricle Diagram

metaLAB's most recent project, Curricle, is a new and interactive course guide for Harvard students. Curricle is "a platform of digital tools that maps the Harvard curriculum through elegant data visualizations."

Sarah Newman
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Sarah Newman

Sarah Newman, a Senior Researcher for metaLAB, describes her work as a Venn diagram in which the three circles are technology, art, and the humanities. She prefers the term "New Media" to "Digital Humanities," as she thinks it is more a more accurate depiction of metaLAB's work.

Distinction Machine
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Distinction Machine

The Distinction Machine explores the capabilities of artificial intelligence by asking the computer to draw its own conclusions, resulting in an array of colors.

Love Receipts at Metalab
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Love Receipts at Metalab

In the digital installation of “Secrets,” participants type their secrets into a computer and receive a printed copy of another person's secret. The nature of the secrets submitted to this international project varied between countries, cultures, and languages.

Moral Labyrinth Installation Progress
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Moral Labyrinth Installation Progress

Progress of Moral Labyrinth's installation in which colorful chalk is sprayed onto the pavement.

Moral Labyrinth Metalab
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Moral Labyrinth Metalab

Sarah Newman shows the first version of the Moral Labyrinth, a series of ten foot red wall panels displayed in a Berlin museum. This interactive ethical and philosophical installation plays with ideas of permanence, interactivity, and space through its use of material.

Secrets at Metalab
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Secrets at Metalab

In the analog version of "Secrets," a labeled wooden box in the center of a glass elevator in MIT's Media Lab asks passers-by to record a secret. Once the secret is deposited, a sensor in the box is triggers a voice to read a separate, pre-recorded secret aloud. This installation aimed to encourage viewers to consider the nature of secrets and privacy in an increasingly digitized world.

Moral Labyrinth at Metalab
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Moral Labyrinth at Metalab

Sarah Newman has worked on multiple versions of the Moral Labyrinth, using varied mediums including blue and yellow spray chalk, sticky vinyl, and baking powder.

Broad Institute in Kendall Square
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The Kendall Square Codebreakers

The story of the Broad is the story of biology in the 21st century. It’s a story of innovation enabled by dramatic advances in computational and biological tools, of a thrilling new age where scientists gain new insights into diseases like cancer. It’s a story of how those new tools transform the kinds of questions scientists can ask, revealing new horizons never before imagined. It is a story with millions of dollars at stake in funding and licenses, of organizations that so radically change the scale of science that the definition of science itself is fundamentally transformed.

Broad Institute Wet Labs
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Broad Institute Wet Labs

At the Broad Institute, researchers perform technical procedures and experiments in the wet laboratories

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