Laboratory for Social Machines

Understanding and empowering human networks


Uber and Airbnb. Netflix and Amazon. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Weibo.

Digitally mediated human networks — governed by AI and machine learning – are shaping more and more of what we perceive, remember, plan and do.

But as the breadth and complexity of these networks increase, so too does the challenge of understanding and channeling their impact on our lives.

We develop state-of-the-art data science methods to map and analyze social systems, and design tools that enable new forms of human networks for positive change.

We are currently applying these data science methods and design tools to projects in the areas of:

  • Journalism and Public Opinion
  • Responsive Governance
  • Human Development