Special Topics in Media TechnologyPrinciples of Awareness (0-9-0)Instructors: Joichi Ito (Director, MIT Media Lab) and Tenzin Priyadarshi (Director, Ethics Initiative at MIT Media Lab) with Guest Speakers
What is awareness? Is self-awareness a “default” state or is it cultivated? Can it improve performance and wellbeing? What role does technology play in promoting or hindering awareness? Is there an ethical framework for our capacity to be aware? Can self-awareness be linked to happiness? The course will be set in an experiential learning environment where students/ participants will explore various theories and methodologies around awareness. Students will be required to keep an open lab book documenting methods and evaluations. Students will present their findings and observations regularly during class sessions. The final project will consist of evaluating various tools, techniques, and interfaces around awareness targeted towards “performance” and “wellbeing.”
Few themes to explore:
Boundaries of Awareness: Self Vs Other
Joy and Happiness
Class meetings (virtual and real) will consist of practice, lectures, and discussions with invited speakers/experts. Some of the talks will be open to the public. And the practice will range from meditation to hacking.
SEMINAR / CLASS SIZE
Not to exceed 25 extremely curious individuals who are willing to share their own practices, thoughts, and learnings. Preference given to Media Lab students.
E14-244 except Feb 8 (ML 3rd Floor Atrium)
Feb. 7 – Introduction: Joi Ito and Tenzin Priyadarshi