The interconnection between bits, people,
and things in an on-line world.
Life is a multi-sponsor, Lab-wide research consortium that conducts basic
research on technologies and techniques that spur expression as well as
social and economic activity. The Digital Life program operates in close
collaboration with industrial and research partners to explore ideas in the
context of their use, recognizing that change occurs when the magic of
invention is driven by existing or emergent human behavior. Currently, the
program has three broad directions:
 Organic Networks, which combines a re-examination of the physics of radio
to construct viral communications systems with the intelligence at the ends.
The grassroots nature of these systems allows people to innovate both locally
and organically, much as the PC migrated innovation from the mainframe to the
 10X, which considers technologies that can improve human activity by an
order of magnitude, including bionics, robotic and cognitive assistants, and
human learning. 10X envisions intimately connected analytical and mechanical
systems working with as well as for human interests.
 Common-Sense Computing, which is an attempt to reinvigorate artificial
intelligence by developing a cognitive architecture that can support many
features of "human intelligent thinking." From this base, we aim to
develop systems that are robust to changing environments, assumptions, and