I am Joi Ito, Director of MIT Media Lab – Ask Me Anything!
My short bio: I'm Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab. I helped started a bunch of Internet companies in Japan including the first commercial ISP. I’ve been CEO of Creative Commons, an investor in a bunch of startups including Twitter, Flickr, Kickstarter, littleBits and Formlabs, was a DJ at the Smart Bar and the LimeLight in Chicago in the 80s, I never completed college (dropped out twice) and I’m one of Timothy Leary’s godchildren.
At the Media Lab I'm interested in "antidisciplinary" research, drawing from design, software, electronics, art, biology, and economics to approach big problems. Our professors and students conduct research on everything from digital currencies, to synthetic biology, to human augmentation. Along those lines, I'm co-chairing the Solid conference, which focuses on the intersection between physical and virtual.
As an added bonus O'Reilly is offering a discount to the Solid Conference on June 23rd-25th in San Francisco. Use discount code REDDIT for 20% off. You can see other O'Reilly IoT materials, reports, and conversations at www.solidcon.com
Here I am! I’m starting to answer questions now. This is a new reddit handle; the only questions I won’t answer are what my usual handle is and what subreddits I read :)
Thanks everyone for the great questions. Sorry I couldn’t get to them all! I'll check back later in case there are any other interesting questions, but I'm signing off for now.