For years, Pardis Sabeti has tried to get funding to build the necessary tools to mitigate the “next pandemic.” On the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, she saw firsthand all the ways in which institutions and infrastructure broke down. Most simply, the time to act is not…


Since the invention of the transistor, we’ve been living in the Information Age. Which sounds a bit like we’re enjoying a sci-fi utopia but mostly means that we all have 20,000 unread messages in our Gmail inboxes.

Now as those transistors keep getting smaller, we get devices that can process…


In the last decade, we’ve waded through lots of talk about data—and worse, Big Data—as a kind of frightening “other.” Bruce Schneier described data as “the exhaust of the information age,” which is perfectly apt—but this is usually read the wrong way, giving us an excuse to treat data as…


My brief introduction for Processing Community Day on in Los Angeles.

Good morning. I’m the Ben Fry half of the Casey Reas and Ben Fry who started the Processing project almost 18 years ago in 2001.

The name Processing comes from two things. It’s a play between the definition of…


Twenty years ago this weekend, I first arrived in Boston. I was coming from San Francisco, where I’d been living happily and planned to stay indefinitely.

But the plan to stay had changed when earlier in the year, I’d received a voice mail at work from John Maeda.


Over the past few weeks, we’ve been making prototypes depicting entities and relationships in large sets of documents. Separately, we found ourselves reading more than we’d like to admit of the 312 page testimony of Glenn Simpson for the Senate Judiciary Committee, so we began deconstructing the document, using code…


Exactly five years ago, we launched Connected China. Irene Liu, who led the project at Thomson Reuters, unveiled it at a conference at 4PM EST, and the site was blocked in China by the time we showed up at work the next morning.

The impetus for creating Connected China was…


Of a career spent interviewing and listening, Krista Tippett writes, “I’ve come to understand the cumulative dialogue of my work as a kind of cartography of wisdom about our emerging world.” …


These are remarks I prepared for a panel at a Media Lab event celebrating the life and work of Muriel Cooper. It’s my attempt to sum up just one of many aspects of the multi-decade impact of her work in less than five minutes. …


Andrés recently asked me to write a preface for a book that he’s writing about Processing for Android. It was a good opportunity to write down what I find interesting about Android, how it fits with Processing, plus a little bit of the history of the project. …

Ben Fry

Founder @FathomInfo, co-founder @ProcessingOrg, lecturer @MIT, avoids having picture taken.

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