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What is the role of a technology-based research lab? (20 Jan 2005)
It also raises the old question of what a research lab should do. Is Media Lab just experimental hot air? Many science types think so. They hate the fact that Negroponte despises peer review, and perhaps that 170 corporate donors backed the lab for nearly 20 years. And they really hate the lab's publicity.

But can't research have a broader remit? There is only one Media Lab, pushing into areas that merge the arts, social sciences, psychology and technology. The public, and media, respond to that.

A shame, then, that European businesses and governments ultimately chose not to fund a lab that makes what many see as the coldness of scientific research warmer, more tangible and more human.
Article URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/story/0,3605,1393761,00.html

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