SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of March 4

Jack Burnham, former CAVS fellow dies at 87
As an inaugural fellow at the MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies from 1968 to 1969, Burnham acquired an interest in AI and computers. A practicing sculptor dismayed by outmoded art scholarship, Burnham turned to cybernetics, systems theory, Marxism, science, philosophy, and even Kabbalistic mysticism to inform his criticism. For Artforum, where he served as a contributing editor from 1971 to 1972, Burnham wrote about artists such as Les Levine, Hans Haacke, and Dan Flavin to advance his theories about systems and structures in art. Artforum.

50 Women-Led startups that are crushing tech
Among the top women-led tech companies recognized by Forbes are SA+P spinouts Affectiva (Cofounders: Rana el Kaliouby and Rosalind Picard, MIT Media Lab), Biobot Analytics (Cofounders: MITdesignX 2017 cohort members Mariana Matus and Newsha Ghaeli), and littleBits (Founder: Ayah Bdeir, SM ’06 MAS). See the full list.   

Controlling your world with just your fingertips
"We need to create new input devices and technologies that can allow us to interact while we are on the go." MAS Alum Sean Follmer talks to BBC News about imagining new interfaces.

Can the Green New Deal make it through Congress?
Championed by progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), can the decade-long plan to address climate change make it through Congress? In an op-ed for the Washington Post, DUSP alumna Leah Stokes PhD '15 discusses the political landscape and likely impacts of the Green New Deal. 

Kids’ relationships and learning with social robots
Jacqueline Kory Westlund SM ’14 (MAS) digs into what she learned about how children’s relationships affect their learning during her dissertation work in in the Personal Robots group. Medium.

Ink made of air pollution
In a recent TED Talk, Media Lab alum Anirudh Sharma SM '14 (MAS) explains how spinoff Graviky Labs captures pollution in the air around us and turns it into something useful. Watch.