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geert lovink on Sat, 4 Oct 2003 21:16:07 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Negroponte: not crazy enough

Negroponte: Tough times? Go crazy - Wired News

Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab and Ireland's Media Lab
Europe, dismisses any notion that R&D labs should focus on conservative
ideas with short-term payoffs. In fact, Negroponte notes that the biggest
criticism from backers is that "You're not crazy enough -- the lab should
be nuttier'". Despite a funding shortfall and questions about the future
direction of R&D labs, Negroponte is pushing his researchers to stray out
on the "lunatic fringe." Included: a look at new ideas emerging from
recent research initiatives in Europe (e.g. manhole covers as nodes of a
citywide Wi-Fi network).

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