J.J. Abrams Set for MIT Media Lab Sit-Down

By Richard Horgan Comment

J.J. Abrams (Felicity, Lost, Star Trek) has done thousands of interviews. But chances are very few of the people he has been interrogated by possessed credentials on the level of MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito.

Ito, who will interview Abrams tomorrow as part of the Lab’s 2012 “Conversation Series,” currently sits on the boards of the Knight Foundation, The New York Times Company, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and several other equally august organizations. From his truly humbling MIT mini-bio, there’s also this:

In Japan, Ito helped establish and later became CEO of the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. He was an early investor in more than 40 companies including Flickr, Six Apart, Last.fm, Kongregate, Kickstarter and Twitter.

Ito’s honors include TIME magazine’s “Cyber-Elite” listing in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as one of the “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum (2001). In 2008, BusinessWeek named him one of the “25 Most Influential People on the Web.” In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute.

Tuesday’s Ito-Abrams chat will be webcast live beginning at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT. On Twitter, look for the hashtag #MLTalks.