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Insiders say an ambitious MIT Media Lab project is mostly smoke and mirrors

Source: Hacker News

Article note: From the grapevine I hear, for an extended period of time it has been an open secret that the Media Lab is primarily a hype machine, doing an inappropriate amount of things like hollow smoke-and-mirrors demos, outsourcing most of the actual R&D for flashy ideas they take credit for, etc. The fact that Joi Ito took a boatload of money from Jeffery Epstein and then tried to obscure it when people started asking questions makes it OK to talk about these things now, but I think we're seeing a disproportionate-looking response to their sketchy backing just because its an opening to go after an entity that is usually to media-savvy to criticize.
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