The Stata Center at MIT is unlike any other building on Earth, and is considered by many an architectural breakthrough. Designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, the building's whimsical appearance and unusual geometry were critically acclaimed when it opened in 2004.
The Stata Center (named after Ray and Maria Stata) also holds the distinction of being one of the first buildings designed using 3D software. In order to realize his unorthodox design, Gehry adapted a software that had previously been used to design airliners.
The Stata Center houses MIT CSAIL (the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory), one of the most innovative research programs in the world. In honor of their 50th anniversary, BetaBoston has compiled a list of 50 inventions with ties to MIT and CSAIL, including email, the spreadsheet, and the Roomba.