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Hiroshi ISHII
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2016-09-09 Ars Electronica Radical Atoms Symposium Keynote Slides
"Radical Atoms: Beyond "Pixel Empire" by +Hiroshi ISHII | Tangible Media Group | +MIT Media Lab at Post City in Linz on September 9th, 2016. +Ars Electronica Festival 2016: #RadicalAtoms and the alchemists of our time
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【自由原子】#RadicalAtoms Symposium starts on Sep. 9th in +Ars Electronica Festival 2016: Radical Atoms and the alchemists of our time. I and #TangibleMedia Group | +MIT Media Lab will present the evolution from #TangibleBits toward #RadicalAtoms. Please join us at the Symposium @ PostCity and #RadicalAtoms Exhibition @ +Ars Electronica Center 2F.

The first Panel of the theme symposium is the theoretical accompaniment and exploration of the Radical Atoms exhibition.

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【自由原子】 +Ars Electronica Festival 2016
"RADICAL ATOMS and the alchemists of our time"
"While the world still has its hands full dealing with the Digital Revolution and the cultural and social transformations and challenges that it’s brought about, a young generation of scientists and creative engineers has set a course for new frontiers and is already at work amalgamating the disembodied world of digital data with the physical world of our bodies.
They’re interconnecting bits and atoms in elementary form, fabricating new high-tech materials from natural substances. They’re teaming up with artists and designers, employing the neurosciences and biotechnology, digital hardware & software, and bringing together old handicrafts traditions with 3-D printers and laser cutters.
With their unorthodox approaches and highly inspiring projects, they’re not only blazing trails for new developments; they’re also opening up completely new ways of looking at the role of science in our society and the interplay of technology and nature.
In close cooperation with Prof. +Hiroshi ISHII of +MIT Media Lab, the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival 2016: Radical Atoms and the alchemists of our time will be focusing on this field, one that’s fascinating and challenging for art, technology and society in equal measure.
With his Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, Ishii has done pioneering work on the human-machine interface and thereby made a name for himself worldwide. His first high-profile appearance at Ars Electronica was in 1997. In the meantime, he and the staff of his lab have launched Radical Atoms, the next step in interlinking the digital and physical domains, and thus broaching a realm that goes far beyond the idea of an internet of things. The spectacular prototypes that have emerged from his lab are already milestones along the course of this new development."

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Video of "The +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Campaign for a Better World" featured 5 projects (bioLogic, inFORM, TRANSFORM, uniMorph and ZeroN) from Tangible Media Group, +MIT Media Lab. Great honor!
“MIT’s greatest invention may be itself—an unusual concentration of unusual talent, restlessly reinventing itself on a mission to make a better world.” MIT President L. Rafael Reif
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Let's make the world better, together. #MITBetterWorld

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【踊細毛】‪#‎Cilllia‬ project lead by +jifei ou Ph.D. candidate of Tangible Media Group, +MIT Media Lab was unveiled at ‪#‎CHI2016‬ on May 12 in San Jose. ‪#‎RadicalAtoms‬
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a method for 3D printing extremely fine hair-like structures

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2016-09-04/12 Uniquitous #RadicalAtoms in Linz, +Ars Electronica +MIT Media Lab #TMG
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【自由原子】Getting ready for #RadicalAtoms exhibits at +Ars Electronica Center. Tangible Media Group | +MIT Media Lab is working day & night to install one dozen projects.
Beginning September 8, 2016, the Ars Electronica Center will showcase the "Radical Atoms" exhibition, which centers around the digital world’s merger with the physical one. It is a reference to the visions and prototypes that have emerged from the MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group.

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Thanks to Alan Kay and Infosys for inviting me to this amazing event #infosysconfluence in San Francisco! I presented #RadicalAtoms at the "Future of Making" session with Bran Ferren, moderated by Alan Kay. Great honor!
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Future of Making – Panel discussion with Bran Ferren, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Applied Minds LLC and Professor Hiroshi Ishii, MIT Media Lab, moderated by Alan Kay.
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【自由原子】“RADICAL ATOMS and the alchemists of our time” - the theme of +Ars Electronica Festival 2016, Sep. 8-12, Linz, Austria. Great honor to collaborate with +Ars Electronica team! +MIT Media Lab

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【自由原子】" #RadicalAtoms‬  and the Alchemist of our Time" is the theme of +Ars Electronica Festival 2016, September 8-12, in Linz, Austria. Great honor for #TangibleMedia  Group and +MIT Media Lab  to collaborate with Ars Electronica to shape the future of materiality.
A visionary ▷ Painted Bits ▶ Tangible Bits ▶ Radical Atoms:
Hiroshi Ishii is a Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, at the MIT Media Lab. He was awarded tenure from MIT in July 2001, and was named Associate Director at the Media Lab in May 2008. He was honored with the Jerome B. Wiesner Professorship Chair from MIT in April 2011. He directs Tangible Media Group and co-directs Things That Think (TTT) consortium.

Hiroshi Ishii's research focuses upon the design of seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment. At the MIT Media Lab, he founded the Tangible Media Group in fall 1995 pursuing a new vision of Human Computer Interaction (HCI): "Tangible Bits." His team seeks to change the "painted bits" of GUIs to "tangible bits" by giving physical form to digital information.  In 2012, he presented the new vision "Radical Atoms" to take a leap beyond "Tangible Bits" by assuming a hypothetical generation of materials that can change form and appearance dynamically, becoming as reconfigurable as pixels on a screen. 

Ishii and his team have presented their visions of "Tangible Bits" and "Radical Atoms" at a variety of academic, design, and artistic venues (including ACM SIGCHI, ACM SIGGRAPH, Industrial Design Society of America, AIGA, NTT ICC, Ars Electronica, Centre Pompidou, and Victoria and Albert Museum), emphasizing that the development of tangible interfaces requires the rigor of both scientific and artistic review. A display of many of the group's projects took place at the NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC) in Tokyo in summer 2000. A three-year-long exhibition "Get in Touch" featured the Tangible Media group's work at Ars Electronica Center (Linz, Austria) from September 2001 through August 2004. He was elected to CHI Academy by ACM SIGCHI, and it was announced in CHI 2006 in Montreal. He received Funai Achievement Award in FIT 2010 in Kyushu, Japan.

Prior to MIT, from 1988-1994, he led a CSCW research group at the NTT Human Interface Laboratories, where his team invented TeamWorkStation and ClearBoard. In 1993 and 1994, he was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Canada. In 1986~87, he was a visiting researcher at the GMD in Germany. 

He received B. E. degree in electronic engineering, M. E. and Ph. D. degrees in computer engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan, in 1978, 1980 and 1992, respectively.


Hiroshi ISHII
Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
Associate Director of MIT Media Laboratory 
Head of Tangible Media Group, Media Lab 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Visions: 1) Seamless Media 1988~1994, 2) Tangible Bits 1995~2008, 3) Radical Atoms 2008~2200
  • Hokkaido University
    Computer Engineering, 1974 - 1980
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  • MIT Media Laboratory
    Professor, 1995 - present
    Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences Associate Director of MIT Media Laboratory
  • NTT Human Interface Laboratories
    Senior Research Engineer, 1980 - 1995
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