About Joi Ito

I'm the Director of the MIT Media Lab. I'm the chair of the board of PureTech Health and serve as a board member for various organizations including The New York Times Company, the MacArthur Foundation, the Knight Foundation and Digital Garage.

I'm passionate about learning new things, spending time with interesting people and the future of art, science, design and engineering. I spend most of my time supporting the research of the Media Lab research groups, centers and initiatives. We have around 400 projects.

I've invested in various companies through various vehicles and as an angel investor. I continue to make small investments through my current fund, Neoteny 3. You can see most of my portfolio on my Angel List page.

I recently co-authored a book with Jeff Howe called Whiplash.

I've taught a class called Principles of Awareness three times with the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi where we explore meditation and mindfulness and will be teaching it again for the spring 2018 semester.

I taught a class in January with Jonathan Zittrain at Harvard called Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control in 2017 and a class called Ethics and Governance in AI also with Jonathan in 2018. The Ethics and Governance in AI class was listed both at MIT and Harvard and ran it the class together with the members participating in The Berkman Assembly. We will be doing the class again for the spring 2019 semester including another cohort of the Berkman Assembly.

I'm a scuba instructor and love to scuba dive. Recently I'm pretty excited about my rebreather. Having said that, I don't get to go nearly as often as I would like to.

I was the host of a weekly TV show on NHK in Japan called Super-Presentation April 2012 to March 2018. On the show, we watched a TED Talk and talked about the presentation and the topic. I've have a number of co-hosts and my last co-host was former Media Lab Assistant Professor, Sputniko. (You can find a list of all of the TED Talks that we've covered on the Japanese Wikipedia page for the show.)

I recently completed a PhD at the Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance.

You can find a more complete bio on my bio page. My LinkedIn page has the more precise record of my various roles past and present. My conflict of interests page lists all of my investments and affiliations categorized by the type of relationship.

Other links:

My Wikipedia Article
Facebook Page
YouTube Page
iTunes Podcast
Quora Page
Page on MIT Media Lab site