In a world where radical advances in technology are taken for granted, Media Lab researchers design technologies for people to create a better future. 

Now, in its fourth decade, the Media Lab continues to check traditional disciplines at the door. Product designers, nanotechnologists, data-visualization experts, industry researchers, and pioneers of computer interfaces work side by side to invent—and reinvent—how humans experience, and can be aided by, technology.



New America is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. We generate big ideas, bridge the gap between technology and policy, and curate broad public conversation.

Structurally, we combine the best of a policy research institute, technology laboratory, public forum, media platform, and a venture capital fund for ideas. We are a distinctive community of thinkers, writers, researchers, technologists, and community activists who believe deeply in the possibility of American renewal.


HARVARD T.H. Chan school of public health

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health brings together dedicated experts from many disciplines to educate new generations of global health leaders and produce powerful ideas that improve the lives and health of people everywhere. We work together as a community of leading scientists, educators, and students to take innovative ideas from the laboratory to people’s lives, not only making scientific breakthroughs, but also working to change individual behaviors, public policies, and health care practices.





Rockefeller Foundation

This project is supported in part by a grant to New America from the Rockefeller Foundation. For more than a century, The Rockefeller Foundation has been dedicated to a single mission: promoting the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, the Foundation pursues that mission with our dual goals of building greater resilience and advancing more inclusive economies. Through our portfolio of initiatives, we strive to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, convene sector-spanning partnerships, and create systemic change to benefit poor and vulnerable people around the world. The views presented here are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Rockerfeller Foundation, its directors, officers, or staff. 


Aetna Foundation

This project is supported in part by a grant to New America by the Aetna Foundation, a national foundation based in Hartford, Connecticut that supports projects to promote wellness, health and access to high-quality health care for everyone. The Aetna Foundation mission is to promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone, while supporting the communities we serve. The views presented here are those of the project team and not necessarily those of the Aetna Foundation, its directors, officers, or staff.