My professional talents surround conceptualization of new online social interactions, software engineering, natural language processing, cultural modeling, and visualization. My work has been used by millions in 185+ countries, been shown in over 7 musueums world-wide, and has been covered by PBS, NPR, BBC, The Alantic, and more.
1 The profile here constitutes a communications act. You post that alone for others to see, there by constituting a singular expression.
The main paradigm on the web right now is to show you fine-grained lists of activity in reverse-chronological order. That's how the Facebook newsfeed works, give or take a little, as do comments on websites. Just lists and lists of data. But compared to how we gain an impression of individuals or crowds in real-life the current representation is just plain weak. It would appear virtual reality -- the other extreme of representation by being literal to mimicking the physical world -- is not the answer. And that's because most of what computers can do is what cannot be done in the physical world, so mimicking it isn't such a great idea. So what's the answer?
I spent my PhD puzzling and prototyping representation and interaction online, and now I am bringing those lessons to the design of a new communications platform at Empirical.
Read my thesis if you'd like.
At UCSD I was also a principal member of the DJ and Vinylphiles Club (I spin french disco house), creator of the Nerd Club (media lab artsy-tech in spirit) which died due to an apathetic campus of the pre-med obsessed, and studied abroad in England & France where it was as awesome as it sounds.
My early years were fantastically nerdy as I've been on a computer daily since I received my first Mac at age 5 in 1986. From a 1200 baud modem I learned about the world via AOL, Prodigy, BBSes, and Usenet. Before the web, BMUG and 2600 meetings gave me physical networks.
I used my computer knowledge to form my first entrepreneurial venture at age 12: advertising as a computer consultant in the local paper I acted like an early 90's version of GeekSquad. Making $40/hr in 1995 was pretty awesome as a teenager. Before I was 16 my clients often picked me up. They'd get a discount if they'd stop by McDonalds on the way back.