Jennifer and Christian’s vision for the lab aligned with my view of research. They believe in interdisciplinary work, believe in the ways that new ideas can come from unexpected collaborations. While I know a lot of social scientists who curl their nose at the idea of a lab full of physicists, mathematicians, and economists, I find that quite appealing.
Microsoft describes the lab as “pursuing new, interdisciplinary areas of research that bring together core computer scientists and social scientists to understand, model, and enable the computing and online experiences of the future.” This is great news for danah, a huge win for Microsoft, and another really exciting research center on the East Coast. I’ll be keeping my eye on Microsoft and IBM.