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 Y Combinator's Hacker News; it was profiled by the Museum of the Moving Image, Scientific American, Engadget, 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, twitter, github

Stealing Ur Feelings is an augmented reality film about the power of facial emotion recognition AI. Using the techniques described in corporate patents, it learns your secrets just by analyzing your face. It's supported by a $50,000 prize from the NetGain Partnership — a collaboration between Mozilla, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Knight Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations. It premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Press and recognition:
Museum of the Moving Image
Scientific American
CBC News
Let's Go with Sabrina Marandola on CBC Radio One / .mp3
Hacker News
It's Nice That
El Pais
Report on Rai3
Business Insider Italy
El Nacional
Boing Boing
Mozilla (internet premiere)
Mozilla (award announcement)
Joy of Computing
Next Reality

Festival and exhibition history:
2019 Tribeca Film Festival
2019 Camden International Film Festival
2019 Montreal International Documentary Festival
2019 Open City Documentary Festival
Tate Exchange at the Tate Modern
The Glass Room SF presented by Tactical Tech


Weird Box is an interactive film that magically transforms any public Instagram account into the reason for a couple's bizarre breakup. It stars me and Katie Boland (Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Daydream Nation). It received quite a bit of international press and acclaim, and was selected for exhibition at Mozilla Festival 2017.

Press and recognition:
Fast Company
Short of the Week
Boing Boing
The World's Best Ever
Laughing Squid
Radio Live New Zealand
Design Taxi
HUH. Magazine
Film Shortage
Design Indaba
8 Days
Trend Hunter
The Awesomer
Sam and Niko's channel
GameGandhi's channel


Chillr 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 directed these Key & Peele sketches to announce their internet troll characters to the world before the MTV Video Music Awards. We improvised the scenes together. I played the role of annoying interviewer and asked dumb questions about the internet and they made fun of me. The sketches won a PromaxBDA Gold Award.

Press and recognition:
PromaxBDA Brief

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:
High Times

Buy it:
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."

I wrote jokes for the celebs in this digital short celebrating Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge and his work for the cancer charity City of Hope. City of Hope is a great cause and writing for Don Henley is the dopest thing I've ever done.

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