Joi Ito
Technology Visionary
Director of MIT Media Lab

Joi provides his perspective on what new technologies are just over the horizon and how that they will affect the way eduation is delivered and received.

JOI – dropped out of college three times and got kicked out of kindergarten.  He now convinces

Learning is What you to do yourself and education is what others do to you.

World is divided into 2 phases: BI (Before Internet) and AI (After Internet)

Internet is not a technology it is a philosophy.  Internet is about Best Effort!

Low-cost networks and computing = Low cost of Innovation

Telephone companies in Japan and France tried to build internet from scratch costing billions of dollars.  When interent happened (Google Yahoo, Facebook) Students who didn’t raise money to put it together, they just did it.  The only time they had to hire an MBA was when they figured out the business model.

AI (after internet)- permission-less innovation system

Safecast – nonprofit used cognitive surplus (hodge-podge of experts and volunteers) Put together after fukishima.  Mobile Geiger counters  (20 Million Data points)  All open data, it is an app.  The Government only has 20 thousand data points.  The citizens succeeded where the government failed.

Students using internet to fund innovation development costs!

Designing what is cheap, simple and functional – Innovation.  Paradigm shift – making hardware look and feel a lot more like software.

Synthetic Biology – To program cells to become cellular factories, sensors.

Sorona – DuPonts -takes sugar and turns it into Polyester
Moore’s Law for Silicon  – getting cheaper and cheaper from design to Fabrication to working Chip to product.

Cost of sequencing genes is going down about 4 times faster than Moore’s law.

We will be giving our kids recombinant biology DNA kits.

Are we trying to prepare our kids for a day when they are on top of a mountain with no signal trying to solve a math problem with pencil.

Brain Activity during class  – less active than when students relax.

Creative learning is about projects, peers, passion and play.  Learn with PBL, when you teach (interact with peers), learn because you the energy to learn about something (passion), Life long learning – play.

When you get many people together they start creating their own classes within the big class.  Perfect example of interest base learning.

Connected Learning:

Surrounded by places you can learn: peer groups, social media, interests, community organizations etc…  How do you connect things that happen in school and out of school, online or in the real world, kids & adults.

Interests, Peer Culture, Opportunities: Production Centered, Shared Purpose, Openly Networked

Antidisciplinary – You can’t fit in a discipline.  Space between disciplines is bigger than space in disciplines.

Design – Form follow function – but look at iPhone (Steve Jobs had to make a leap)

We all need to be artists, scientist, designers and engineers.

When your mission is passion and project driven you do what you need to do to get it done!


Practice Over Theory – don’t let lack of theory get in the way of trying things.
Resilience Over Strength
Systems over objects
Compasses over Maps
Disobedience over Compliance – you don’t get a nobel prize for doing what you are told!
Pull over Push –
Emergence over authority
Risk over Safety
Learning over education