The head of the world’s coolest innovation lab wants to focus on . . . public policy

Dava Newman, the new head of MIT’s Media Lab, wants the lab to take on bigger problems and reach out into the community.

If Willy Wonka had microchips, his factory would have been the MIT Media Lab. The 500-person facility actually houses 25 different research groups, which are known for creating some of the most wondrous marvels of our era—from computers you control with levitating orbs to architecture woven by silk worms.

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