M.I.T. and the future of storytelling
In the spirit of Brown’s CAVE project and the increasingly blurry division between the humanities and new media, this morning M.I.T. announced the creation of the Center for Future Storytelling, a center designed to integrate storytelling into the age of Adderall.
From M.I.T.’s press release:
“Storytelling is at the very root of what makes us uniquely human,” said Frank Moss, Media Lab director and holder of the Jerome Wiesner Professorship of Media Arts and Sciences. “It is how we share our experiences, learn from our past, and imagine our future. But how we tell our stories depends on another uniquely human characteristic — our ability to invent and harness technology. From the printing press to the Internet, technology has given people new ways to tell their stories, allowing them to reach new levels of creativity and personal fulfillment. The shared vision of the MIT Media Lab and Plymouth Rock Studios allows us to take the next quantum leap in storytelling, empowering ordinary people to connect in extraordinary ways.”
The center, like most things M.I.T., looks very cool, and I’m not just saying that because they’ve got an emotive robot on faculty. This is something to keep an eye on.