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Technology designed to empower people

Through new interfaces - close to the body - technology can enable us to become more aware of our environment, not distract us as is now often the case. And it can help us to improve our cognitive abilities, not make us more dependent. That was one of the core messages of Pattie Maes' presentation at ITF2018 Belgium. Maes heads the Fluid Interfaces Research Group at the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, USA). Her researchers work on applications that redefine the relation between people and technology, permitting closer, more natural interactions that empower people to improve their potential, to become who they'd really like to be.