I live in Oakland, California with my girlfriend of many years, Gretchen. I grew up outside of Buffalo, New York, and also lived briefly in New Orleans, Louisiana. I have worked with computers since 1999 and am currently exploring a new avocation as a writer.
My interest in futurism started early in my youth, when I read the science fiction of authors like Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. Later, I admired the work of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson. I’m still a big sci-fi fan, and Verner Vinge, Charles Stross, and Daniel Suarez are some of my favorite contemporary authors.
I got into cognitive science after attending Monica Anderson’s AI Meetup and Dana Ream’s Cognitive Science Reading Group. I’m very interested in enactivism and embodied cognition. I’m an active Meetup.com participant and host my own East Bay Futurists Meetup. Some other groups I’m part of are Quantified Self and The Long Now. I have also done a lot of work with startups and am interested in the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial scene.
I want to use this blog as a way of sharing and synthesizing the various ideas that are in circulation here in the Bay Area. I encourage everyone interested in these topics to voice their opinions and join in the conversation.