"The thing is, I’m living in my own personal singularity, a point beyond which I, even right now, cannot imagine."
"My problem is I’m interested in everything — I have a lack of focus,” says Ito. “But my bug turns into a feature at the lab. Because the Media Lab is interested in everything. My main skill is connecting and trading contacts. When you have 350 random projects and 26 groups and 75 members [at the lab], the director needs to create context, make connections, pull the pieces together. My favourite thing is managing communities and creating energy. That’s really what the Media Lab is — it reminds me of an open-source community like Mozilla.” He knows he will have succeeded when “the Media Lab name is as ubiquitous as the word internet”."
"It was, according to a 1984 briefing document by Negroponte, “designed to be a place where people of dramatically different backgrounds can simultaneously use and invent new media, and where the computer itself is seen as a medium — part of a communications network of people and machines — not just an object in front of which one sits.” The same document — written the year the Apple Mac was born — stated: “Today, computers are awkward, if not debilitating, to use. The average so-called personal computer arrives with unreadable documentation, the bulk and weight of which usually surpass that of the machine itself.” So how does the lab remain relevant in an era of sentient, voice-recognising and multi-sensor-embedded smartphones?"
"How to drink from the fire hose without drowning. When you’re understaffed, underfunded, and losing money every quarter, nobody’s going to wait around for you to figure things out. Your customers have better things to do. So do your competitors. These days, markets are constantly changing. Everything moves at lightening speed. There’s always too much information and never enough time to breathe. Better get used to it."