I'm a computer programmer and former TV executive. I work on emerging problems at the intersection of entertainment and technology.
In 2019, I was named a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellow on artificial intelligence.
In 2018, I was awarded Mozilla's $50,000 prize for media and AI. With their support, I created Stealing Ur Feelings
— an AI-powered AR film that learns your secrets just by analyzing your face. It premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival
and was exhibited at the Tate Modern
; MIT recognized it for technical innovation
; it made the front page of Hacker News
; it was profiled by the Museum of the Moving Image
, Scientific American
, CBC News
, and many more. The film's success inspired Mozilla's 2019 campaign against emotion recognition in consumer applications.
I'm a Recurse Center alum (SP1 '18). During my batch I developed wasmface
, one of the first WebAssembly implementations of the Viola-Jones face detection algorithm.
In 2017, I made Weird Box
, a viral interactive film that transforms any public Instagram account into the reason for a couple's bizarre breakup. It was called "delightfully disturbing" by Fast Company
, "strangely fascinating" by SFist
, and "awesome" by Boing Boing
Before that, I created Chillr
, an internet prank about an iPhone app for chill dudes. Bustle
called it "hilarious" and The Daily Dot
said it was "too good to be true."
I won a PromaxBDA Gold Award for directing Key & Peele's Social Influencers
sketches for the MTV Video Music Awards.
I wrote the official humor book
for the TV show Guy Code
, which was published by MTV Books and blurbed by Josh Lieb, showrunner of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Later, I collaborated with New York Times bestselling illustrator Arturo Torres on Color Me Kanye
, a memey coloring book about Kanye West. I've written about meme culture for the NY Daily News
. My comedy writing appears in McSweeney's
Previously, I served as Editorial Director of MTV2, where I oversaw the reinvention of the channel and helped break records for ratings, revenue, and growth.
I've appeared on the CBC, MTV, and Italy's Rai3. I've spoken at institutions including NYU, Mila, and the Royal Society of Arts, London.
Outside of tech, I'm a partner at La Rosa
, a restored century-old pizzeria helmed by Frank Pinello, host of Viceland's The Pizza Show
I'm a two-time art school dropout. I was born in artists housing in Manhattan, grew up in the working class suburbs, and currently live in Brooklyn.
Contact me: noahlevenson [at] gmail [dot] com
was a transmedia prank about an imaginary new mobile app designed for chill dudes. The prank consisted of a short film, a hoax website, and a marketing strategy: We positioned Chillr as the killer app for the Apple Watch and timed it to coincide with Apple's big announcement. I created it, wrote it, built its website, and starred in it (opposite Ed McGinty from Boardwalk Empire
). It won a Vimeo Staff Pick, confused the 'net, and successfully fooled a bunch of journalists into thinking it was really the newest tech to disrupt the chillness industry.
Press and recognition:
The Daily Dot
The Black List
The World's Best Ever
I developed wasmface
, one of the first WebAssembly implementations of the Viola-Jones algorithm. Viola-Jones is a machine learning approach for visual object detection that's particularly suited for classifying faces. I wrote the implementation as part of my research at Recurse Center, which focused on the potential of the WebAssembly MVP for realtime CV applications.
I wrote and art directed Color Me Kanye
, a memey coloring book about Kanye West. It was illustrated by New York Times bestseller Arturo Torres. Gal Beckerman of the New York Times Book Review said: "The most amazing thing about this coloring book is that I honestly can't tell whether it's supposed to be a joke or not." I was subsequently invited to write about the Kanye meme singularity for the Daily News
Press and recognition:
Barnes & Noble
I created Out in 60
, Viacom's first ever global cross-channel TV and digital project. It's an original series that presents the coming out stories of LGBTQ celebrities at the speed of the internet. It's also a digital platform that empowers people from all over the world to contribute to the conversation. Now entering its second season, it's distributed internationally across Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Logo, BET, and Britain's Channel 5.
Tweets Will Save Us
is a video game that weaponizes live tweets from real people worldwide. The premise is simple: Deadly asteroids are hurtling towards Earth, and the only thing that can stop them is our 140-character utterances. I created and programmed it, and the pixel art was created by my brother, illustrator/animator Asher Levenson.
Press and recognition:
MTV Books published my first comedy book, Guy Code: Unleash Your Manhood.
It's a silly self-help book for guys who are confused about what to wear, what to drink, and how to talk to girls. (Hint: the secret is just to be yourself.) The print edition
is exclusive to Urban Outfitters, and it's available digitally from iTunes
. It was blurbed by Josh Lieb, showrunner of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
and former executive producer of The Daily Show
. This is what he said:
"If you haven't read this book yet, you suck. That is scientific fact. This book changes EVERYTHING for guys. It's like the Bible, but without the guilt or weird incest stories. And that is my kind of Bible."