CSAIL helps student group bring Human Race Machine to campus

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CSAIL helps student group bring Human Race Machine to campus

During the week of March 17th, the MIT community will have a unique opportunity to view the world through a different set of eyes. Hapa, a student group dedicated to issues affecting people with mixed ethnic backgrounds, has organized the delivery of a Human Race Machine to Lobby 10.

The machine gives viewers the ability to envision themselves as a different race using digital photographic technology. After capturing the participant’s image, the machine uses a morphing program to change the race and age of his or her photo. It also allows the combination of two separate photos, showing what a blend of two different people would create.

Hapa group member and CSAIL UROP, John Hawksley, is curious what the experience will be like. "The most simple presentations of things can provide great depth and understanding," says Hawksley. "I hope it will help to illustrate that race is a continuum, not something binary."

The Human Race Machine will be in Lobby 10 March 17th-21st, from 10am to 5pm. Hapa is still looking for some additional funding , if you are interested in sponsoring the machine’s tenure on campus, please email hapa@mit.edu.