Joichi Ito

Visiting Professor of Law from Practice

2017-2018

c/o OAA Lewis 208

Biography

Joi Ito is the director of the MIT Media Lab, Professor of the Practice at MIT and the author, with Jeff Howe, of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (Grand Central Publishing, 2016).

Ito is chairman of the board of PureTech Health and serves on several other boards, including The New York Times Company, the MacArthur Foundation and the Knight Foundation. He is also the former chairman and CEO of Creative Commons, and a former board member of ICANN, The Open Source Initiative, and The Mozilla Foundation.

Ito is a serial entrepreneur who helped start and run numerous companies including one of the first web companies in Japan, Digital Garage, and the first commercial Internet service provider in Japan, PSINet Japan/IIKK. He has been an early-stage investor in many companies, including Formlabs, Flickr, Kickstarter, littleBits, and Twitter.

Ito has received numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute and the Golden Plate Award from the Academy of Achievement, and he was inducted into the SXSW Interactive Festival Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2017, he received the IRI Medal.

Ito has been awarded honorary doctorates from The New School and Tufts University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ito will be a visiting professor of practice at the Harvard Law School from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.

Joi Ito & Jeff Howe, Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (Grand Cent. Publ'g 2016).
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Technology & Law
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Science & Technology
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Networked Society
Type: Book
Abstract
The director of MIT's Media Lab and a contributor to "Wired" present a set of working principles for adapting and thriving in the face of the twenty-first century's rapidly changing and unpredictable digital environments. The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in our history. The tools of our modern existence are getting faster, cheaper, and smaller at an exponential rate, just as billions of strangers around the world are suddenly just one click or tweet or post away from each other. The future will run on an entirely new operating system-- with a steep learning curve. Ito and Howe present nine organizing principles for navigating and surviving this tumultuous period.
Scott Dadich (with Barack Obama & Joi Ito), Barack Obama, Neural Nets, Self-Driving Cars, and the Future of the World, Wired Mag., Nov. 2016, at 124.
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Technology & Law
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Science & Technology
Type: Article
Abstract
It's hard to think of a single technology that will shape our world more in the next 50 years than artificial intelligence. As machine learning enables our computers to teach themselves, a wealth of breakthroughs emerge, ranging from medical diagnostics to cars that drive themselves. A whole lot of worry emerges as well. Who controls this technology? Will it take over our jobs? Is it dangerous? President Obama was eager to address these concerns. The person he wanted to talk to most about them? Entrepreneur and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito. So I sat down with them in the White House to sort through the hope, the hype, and the fear around AI. That and maybe just one quick question about Star Trek. —Scott Dadich
Joichi Ito, Design and Science, J. Design & Sci. (Jan. 30, 2016).
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Technology & Law
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Science & Technology
Type: Article