Joi Ito is director of the MIT Media Lab. He has been an Internet entrepreneur and early investor in numerous new tech ventures, including Flickr, Kickstarter and Twitter, and his current interests include the ethics of artificial intelligence, distributed cryptographic systems and methods for tackling complex problems such as climate, societal inequity and health.
Ito serves on the boards of The New York Times Company, The Knight Foundation and The MacArthur Foundation, and is the board chair of PureTech Health. He is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute and author of a monthly column in WIRED magazine. He holds a PhD from the Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance.
Joi’s family includes two distinguished Japanese neighborhood dogs who are about 15 years old.