In a project melding computer data, seeds and a bit of modern wizardry, a computer recently built at the Akron-Summit County Public Library can output food.
Akron’s Personal Food Computer is a project of the Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX). PLIX was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Media Lab and the Knight Foundation to bring together researchers and librarians to create programming that transforms learning and works to solve real-world problems. A $250,000 Knight grant helped launch the first phase of PLIX in 2017.
“In Akron, our library is an anchor on Main Street and the branches are anchors of the neighborhoods — that makes them a key piece of civic life,” said Knight Akron Program Director Kyle Kutuchief. “This is about innovation and the library as a place that makes technology really accessible. It’s about giving the community access and spurring conversation.”
Akron’s Personal Food Computer is a project of the Public Library Innovation Exchange, which was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Media Lab and the Knight Foundation.