Andy Lippman is a Senior Scientist at MIT and associate director of the MIT Media Lab. He got his BS and MS at MIT, and PhD at EPFL, Lausanne.  He has a history working on interactive, personal computing dating from the 1970s. He helped pioneer visual computing and communications systems such as MPEG and digital HDTV.   He formed the Media Lab's Digital Life Program that engages 15 researchers and 45 companies in the invention and development of technologies and applications for human creativity and learning.  He is also the co-principal investigator of the MIT Communications Futures Program.  He runs a graduate research group called Viral Communications that most recently has developed applications of digital currency such as solar-powered coins, and blockchain applications for medical records.

Viral Communications
Missing Group WorldLens
The Viral Gang, 2016

Viral Ideas are grassroots innovations that start at the edges of networks and industries, take only small investments to begin, yet build through social and technical opportunism to swamp entrenched, vertically integrated companies. True virality scales without bound, entails small startup costs, and grows in power with adoption.


Viral Politics
A simple web app to build your network
Can we inspire grassroots activism with a challenge?

Calling your senator or representative is intimidating. With it is as easy as making a dinner reservation. simplifies the process of making your opinion known to your congressperson while encouraging your friends to do the same. It’s like a chain letter: grassroots and network-building. We help you make your call and you pass on an invitation for your friends to do the same. Your invite can stress your opinion on the issue. You get points for your call and additional points for calls made by friends in proportion to how close they are to you in your network. The winners are those who get 50 people in 50 states to make a call to their elected officials. A “grand slam” is the network that reaches all 535 members of Congress.

Read the full blog at the Media Lab Medium here

Ultimate Media
Missing Group
Thirty years of communications

Visual Media is going through fundamental changes. It has irretrievably lost its lock on the audience but has gained unprecedented opportunity to evolve the platform by which it is communicated. Evolving apps are as important as ever-changing content, and the social context in which those apps are used is deeply different from the couch-potato model of the past.


Group-Forming Broadcast
Missing Group
VR Production

Sports, news and events are the one evident case where we break media silos and engage in a simultaneous, synchronous, live, social experience. It is a story, but one controlled by reality rather than narrative. We separate broadcasting as a service from broadcasting as a technology and make networks that grow in exponentially in value.


NAB, April 2017, Broadercasting
Session organized by Cisco about new broadcasting opportunity

Baseball and innovation, 2015
The seven-minute pitch

Lippman's Meeting Intro, 4/2017
Science, Art, and political discourse

I never thought I would give an MIT talk that addressed politics, but the events of the last seven months have forced the issue. This is not a partisan statement: I don’t much care where you are on the political spectrum, but as you know as well as I, recent events have taken a very disturbing turn for those of us who value knowledge and open thought. Without even touching on economics and society in all of its dimensions, what scares me now is that we are facing a reversal of public thought about what the Media Lab has stood for throughout its existence: the primacy of science and art in our lives. This is a political statement because public politics is driving this change. But science and art are not just options or political choices, they are the warp and weft of society, the difference between us and mice.

Read the full blog at the Media Lab Medium here

Lippman Speaks. Ideas Boston 2011

Lippman Speaks. Google/Brazil 2014

Andy's boat is a Swan 48, Catch 22
He sails New England in the summer and the USVI in the winter
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