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Write Science

Curated to spark thought-provoking ideas and engaging conversations, this program series offers the opportunity to meet leading writers in science, technology and art.

Daytime Write Science programs are free with museum admission. Evening programs in this series are $5/ticket.

The Heart and the Chip: Our Bright Future with Robots

Leading robotics and computer scientist Daniela Rus, MIT Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics David Mindell, and science writer Gregory Mone explore how we can use a new generation of smart machines to help humankind.

There is a robotics revolution underway. A record 3.1 million robots are working in factories right now, doing everything from assembling computers to packing goods and monitoring air quality and performance. A far greater number of smart machines impact our lives in countless other ways ―improving the precision of surgeons, cleaning our homes, extending our reach to distant worlds―and we’re on the cusp of even more exciting opportunities.

Join The Heart and the Chip authors Daniela Rus and Gregory Mone for a conversation on the interconnected fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. The discussion will be moderated by David Mindell.

Copies of The Heart and the Chip will be available for purchase onsite from the MIT Press Bookstore.

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David Mindell

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Frances and David Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing, MIT
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Gregory Mone

Science Writer
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Daniela Rus

Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), MIT

Past Sessions

Mapping Cities in Motion

Join us for an engaging talk with MIT Senseable City Lab co-founder Carlo Ratti and Harvard architecture historian Antoine Picon as they discuss their new book Atlas of the Senseable City. Learn how the growth of digital mapping, spurred by sensing technologies, is affecting cities and daily lives. The program will be moderated by Nicholas de Monchaux.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

And while at the Museum, don't miss the Mapping the [In]visible installation now on view.

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Antoine Picon

Author, Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design
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Carlo Ratti

Author, Professor of Practice of Urban Technologies and Planning, MIT

Nicholas de Monchaux

Moderator, Professor and Head of Architecture, MIT