Alumnus Hiroshi Ishii, MIT Media Lab, returns to Hokkaido University

University News | August 22, 2018

Hiroshi Ishii of MIT Media Lab

Professor Hiroshi Ishii, Associate Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, returned to his alma mater, Hokkaido University, to conduct a series of events for students, faculty, staff, researchers, and the public from August 6th to the 7th.  A workshop on digital archives was held on the first day, and on the following day he spoke at an international symposium and gave a special talk on envisioning the future.

The international event, “The 2nd GI-CoRE, GSQ, GSB, & IGM Joint Symposium,” focused on the fields of “Quantum, Informatics, Biology & Medicine.” In his presentation, Dr. Ishii explained the importance of connecting art and science as well as transcending current technologies. His talk “TRANSFORM: Envisioning the Future” entailed tangible examples on how art, science, technology, and design work hand-in-hand to alter how we view reality, connect with other people, and are changing current methods and techniques.

One of the projects he is involved with at the MIT Media Lab, called “Transformative Appetite,” takes edible 2D films of protein or cellulose and turns them into food. The project focuses specifically on transforming pasta and modifying its shape, form, and taste.

Dr. Ishii emphasized during the events how crucial expanding one’s perception and way of thinking is to continue progressing forward. He also encouraged everyone to embrace originality and to take that step forward to see through with one’s ideas.

Written by Katrina-Kay Alaimo, Ph.D.