About

I live in Oakland, CA with my girlfriend of many years, Gretchen.  I grew up outside of Buffalo, NY, and also lived briefly in New Orleans, LA.  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 as 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 am still a big sci-fi fan now, and Verner VingeCharles Stross, and Daniel Suarez are some of my favorite contemporary authors.

I got into cognitive science after attending Monica Anderson’s AI Meetup, and then Dana Ream’s Cognitive Science Reading Group.  I am very interested in enactivism and embodied cognition.  I am an active Meetup.com participant and host my own Futurist Meetup.  Some other groups I am 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 own opinions and join in the conversation.

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