What's the Buzz at the Innovation Factory?

Walter Bender, executive director of MIT's Media Lab, discusses how the demands on research change during tough economic times

As a kid, Walter Bender hawked souvenirs outside Boston's Fenway Park. Although his office today is only a few miles from the ballpark, the executive director of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may as well be on another planet. He now oversees 300 research projects into such advances as wearable computers and artificial intelligence.

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