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New MIT Media Lab Director Wondered: Will I Fit In?

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Joichi Ito initially thought he wouldn’t be a good fit for MIT.

Ito is the new director of the MIT Media Lab, known as a hub of innovation; technologies created there have turned into products such as Guitar Hero and the Amazon Kindle.

Widely viewed as an Internet pioneer, Ito has worked with nonprofits, for-profits and venture capitalists — but never before has he worked in academia.

WBUR’s All Things Considered host Sacha Pfeiffer toured the Media Lab with Ito on his first day at work recently and asked him about his early reservations about his new job.

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