1 Here I was with the event hosts, Penn & Teller, who have been performing together since the late 1970s. I brought them muffins from Tatte Bakery & Cafe in Boston. fhttp://tattebakery.com
2 Penn and Teller have been associated with the MIT Media Lab for nearly 25-years. Their material varies from light-hearted gags and magic tricks to political satire and shock effect acts. They have had hundreds of sold-out tours, and record breaking Broadway runs.
3 I joined Penn & Teller on stage during their opening act as the surprise guest.
4 The morning act started off with a breakfast trick.
5 Penn, who serves as the duo's orator and raconteur, took out his deck of cards. Here I was choosing a card.
6 Somehow the card trick involved the muffins I brought. Was my card in one of the muffins?
7 I was hoping we wouldn't have to rip them all apart - they were very good muffins.
8 Teller, who generally doesn't speak during their acts, communicates a lot through gestures and mime. Here, he seemed to have chewed on something.
9 What was that in Teller's mouth?
10 The card - it was a very good trick. I spoke about the MIT Media Lab and my great interest in technology after the fun trick.
11 Professor Rosalind Picard is the founder and director of the Media Lab's Affective Computing Group. She also co-founded Empatica, Inc., which creates wearable medical monitoring wristbands, and Affectiva, which develops technology to measure emotion. She was among the notable speakers at the symposium.
12 During the lunch break, attendees were asked to build sculptures and centerpieces out of Lego building bricks. I made this sculpture.
13 Each table received a tray containing a collection of basic Lego pieces.
14 A closer look at my Lego creation - very sturdy, yet architecturally interesting.
15 The Lego creations were made for charity.
16 Here I was with Michelle Kydd Lee, Chief Innovation Officer for Creative Artists Agency, CAA, the world's leading entertainment and sports agency. She also sits on the advisory board for the MIT Media Lab. Michelle was holding her Lego sculpture.
17 Do you remember playing with Atari? Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur, and engineer. He is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation. He created the arcade tennis game, Pong. He also spoke at the symposium.
18 Michael Hawley is a technology focused artist, educator and researcher. He founded and co-founded many research programs for MIT Media Lab, including Counter Intelligence, a project incorporating smart technology for the kitchen.
19 I posed for this photo with Deborah Porter, a non-profit director best known for founding the Boston Book Festival, which she has run since 2009, and Cue Ball CEO and Managing Partner, Tony Tijan. Tony is also on the Editorial Advisory Board at MIT.
20 MIT Corporation Chairman, Robert Millard, and I sat in the Kresge Auditorium waiting for the panel discussions to continue. It was a very inspiring day of discussions.
21 One of the topics included this slide showing various occupations that may not be available in the future because of growing technology.
22 This was an inspiring quote.
23 Professor George McDonald Church is a geneticist, molecular engineer, and chemist. George is a Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard University and at MIT. He is well known for his contributions in the sequencing of genomes.
24 Kevin Esvelt is an evolutionary sculptor of molecules and ecosystems. His work includes finding ways of altering organisms, such as making mosquitos malaria resistant.
25 Here I was with Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Megan Smith, and Pashon Murray, founder of Detroit Dirt and one of our past American Made honorees. I hosted our fourth annual American Made Summit this weekend - you will see photos from our great event this week! http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade
26 As CTO of the USA and an alumna of MIT, Megan Smith focuses on how technology can advance the future of our country. It was so interesting to talk with her.
27 Here I was with co-founder of Applied Minds and visiting MIT Media Lab Professor, Danny Hillis, Teller, Nicholas Negroponte, digital visionary and co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, and Penn. Nicholas invited me to the event.
28 Chairperson of the MIT Corporation, Robert Millard, addressed the audience.
29 This is Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab. He has been recognized around the world for his work as an activist, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. Currently, he is exploring how approaches to science and technology can positively transform society.
30 Joi Ito talked about the types experts the Lab nurtures.
31 Steven Pinker is a Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, and former MIT professor.
32 Steven addressed the level of violence in our society and how rates of violence at all scales have actually been in decline over the course of history.
33 Marvin Minsky is among the world's leading authorities on artificial intelligence. He is professor emeritus of media arts and sciences at MIT Media Lab. He has made fundamental contributions in many areas including robotics and cognitive psychology. Danny Hillis introduced him as he received a Lifetime achievement award.
34 Stewart Brand is co-founder and president of The Long Now Foundation and co-founder of Global Business Network. He is best known for having created and edited the Whole Earth Catalog, an American counterculture magazine and catalog published from 1968 through 1972.
35 Stewart offered business advice to the audience.
36 Jorgen Vig Knudstorp is the CEO and president of the LEGO Group. He gave everyone a bag of six Lego bricks each to make a duck and to show the benefits of creative play. Sitting down were Alan Kay founder of Xerox PARC, and Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits an open-source library of modular electronics that snap together with magnets.
37 Here I was joined by Chairman of the MIT corporation, Robert B. Millard, along with event hosts, Penn & Teller. It was an honor to be part of such an informative and inspiring event.