Episode 4

XPC#4 - Pattie Maes: Helping You Become the Person You Hope to Be

Published on: 2nd November, 2021

The Xapiens Podcast (XPC) Episode 4:

Join Xapiens Co-Director Bobby Johnston in a discussion with MIT Media lab professor Pattie Maes. Pattie is the head of the Fluid Interfaces group at MIT, focusing on building devices that integrate seamlessly (hence, 'fluid') and is involved with dozens of exciting projects that help people with attention, cognition, memory, focus, and much more. You can find a full list of her projects here: https://www.media.mit.edu/people/patt.... She is also a successful entrepreneur, having sold Firefly Networks to Microsoft in the 90s and recently had the startup Tulip Co. valuated at $1B. As a core principle she focuses on practically improving peoples lives using existing advanced digital technology. Hopefully we will get to talk again soon in the near future.

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About the Podcast

Xapiens at MIT
From Ideas to Reality
The Xapiens Podcast, hosted by two MIT Nuclear Physics PhD students, explores the bleeding edge ideas spanning biology, physics, chemistry, and computer science that mark our road to the future. Hear from experts in the field about the fundamental particles that make up the universe, revolutionary interfaces to the brain, and new technology that can change the way we interact with our futures. Listen to visionaries and Nobel prize winners, see what their hopes for the future look like, and how you can be a part of it.

About your hosts

Bobby Johnston

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Xapiens Co-Director | Physics and Chemical Engineering Undergrad, MIT PhD student, Hadronic Physics Group with Richard Milner & Peter Fisher

I began college as a Chemical Engineer after my high school chemistry teacher suggested it following my success in her class. At UMass I realized I wouldn't feel like I had actually experienced college if I didn't learn quantum mechanics, so I picked up a physics degree on the side as well. Along the way I did research in using transistors for security applications, building alternatively energy cars, and designing and manufacturing a particle detector for medium energy nuclear physics experiments. Continuing on at MIT for a PhD seemed like a wise path at the time, and I've spent the past 4 years on experiments searching for a dark matter analogue of the photon and measuring the 3D distribution of sub-nuclear matter. I'm a serial side-projecter, and now spend much of my free time working in Xapiens to try and get a better grasp of my own future.

Loyd Waites

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Xapiens Co-Director | RPI ‘16 in Physics, MIT PhD student, Janet Conrad's High Energy, Particle and Neutrino Physics Group

I received my bachelors in physics at RPI with a wide research background including theoretical astrophysics, NMR/low field MRI, and experimental particle physics. After graduating I worked for a year as technical staff at a non-profit government contractor, Draper Laboratory, where I gained experience in image processing, experimental optics and biophysics. I was granted the privilege of being named a Draper Fellow, funding in entirety my graduate tuition and stipend. I met Professor Conrad and her amazing group doing revolutionary research in neutrino physics, and when I was accepted to MIT I joined her group. My wide interests led to my joining Xapiens. Human enhancement has been a passion of mine, and getting to be more involved in the field is a great opportunity.