MIT Unveils New Digital Sandbox

The famed Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled its new home, a $90 million, six-story playpen. It’s designed to let some of the world’s smartest and most creative engineers explore their inner robot, create new social networking tools or build intelligent music systems.

Frank Moss, director of the Media Lab, and a former entrepreneur and International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) executive, said the new building is designed to foster interdisciplinary cooperation by having floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding every lab. That makes work in each lab visible from primary-colored stairways that cross the building’s soaring atria.

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