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I lead research engineering as "Hacker in Residence" at Consumer Reports Digital Lab — a new public interest computer science hub funded by a $6M investment from Craig Newmark.
At Consumer Reports, I developed Free Food — a decentralized open protocol to make food delivery free again (and make Grubhub obsolete).
We're piloting Free Food at Pizzeria La Rosa — a restaurant I opened with my childhood best friends. See us on Viceland.
In 2019 I was named a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow on artificial intelligence.
I won Mozilla's $50,000 award for AI.
I won a Webby for Stealing Ur Feelings, a deep learning-powered AR experience which analyzes your facial reactions to reveal the dangers of Big Tech's emotional surveillance programs. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, exhibited at the Tate Modern, made the front page of Y Combinator's Hacker News, was profiled by MIT, Scientific American, the Museum of the Moving Image, Engadget, CBC News, and lots more.
(It was also plagiarized by the Financial Times, which I wrote about for The American Prospect.)
I helped engineer Mario Kart Live for Nintendo. I worked mostly on checkpoint heuristics and collision detection.
I open sourced wasm machine learning algorithms at Recurse Center.
I programmed Weird Box, an interactive film which exploits Instagram's lack of privacy to hack other people's data into the plot. Fast Company called it "delightfully disturbing," SFist called it "strangely fascinating," Boing Boing called it "awesome."
I invented a fake mobile app for chill dudes which confused a bunch of journalists.
Catch me writing about memes for the New York Daily News.
Previously, I tried to bring new thinking to the TV industry: I served as Editorial Director of MTV2 and oversaw its creative reinvention, collab'd with Key & Peele, wrote a comedy book for MTV Books, and published unproduced ideas in McSweeney's.
I've spoken at institutions including NYU, Mila, and the Royal Society of Arts. I've appeared on the CBC, London's Resonance FM, and Italy's Rai3, among others.
I was born in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. I spent my teens coding DOS demos, sneaking into clubs, and avoiding school; I highly recommend it. A sizable portion of my life has been squandered reading computer science textbooks; I maintain a list of my favorites here.
Press about my shit:
"This video watches you back". Scientific American.
"Stealing Ur Feelings". Museum of the Moving Image.
"Who owns your feelings? Short doc shows how big tech uses AI to track emotions". CBC News.
"Stealing Ur Feelings". Let's Go with Sabrina Marandola, CBC Radio One. [.mp3]
"Stealing Ur Feelings". MIT.
"Your Instagram Photos Star In This Funny (And Creepy) Short Film". Fast Company.
"An AR film explores the worst tech companies could do with your face". Engadget.
"Mozilla Wants to Know if Snapchat and Other Platforms Are Stealing Ur Feelings". Adweek.
"Strangely Fascinating Website Makes Your Instagram Account The Star Of Odd Video". SFist.
"Noah Levenson's interactive film shows the broken promises of facial emotional recognition AI". It's Nice That.
"Emotional Theft". PassW0rd, Resonance 104.4 FM London.
"The Top 50 XR Experiences Of 2019". Forbes.
"Activa tu cámara si quieres ser protagonista de este documental interactivo". El País.
"App-arenze". Report, Rai3.
"Stealing Ur Feelings". Slanted Magazine #37
"Occhio a quella telecamera: lo smartphone ti spia, l’ai dell’app studia le tue espressioni e capisce i tuoi gusti. E monetizza...". Business Insider Italia.
"Stealing Ur Feelings: interactive documentary on the snakeoil "science" of facial emotion detection". Boing Boing.
"This Disturbing AR Film Shows How Your Face Can Be Exploited By Tech Companies". ProPakistani.
"Introducing ‘Stealing Ur Feelings,’ an Interactive Documentary About Big Tech, AI, and You". Mozilla.
"This App For Dudes Sounded Lame But The Video Is Hilarious". Bustle.
"Short Film 'Weird Box' Uses Your Instagram Pics In Its Creepy Story". Short of the Week.
"'Weird Box' is a cool interactive film starring your Instagram photos". Boing Boing.
"Weird Box — This Unique Film Changes Depending on Your Instagram Handle". Booooooom.
"Weird Box, An Interactive Video Website That Makes Your Instagram Photos Part of the Story". Laughing Squid.
"Chillr, the app for finding rad pals, is too good to be true". The Daily Dot.
"Chillr: The App That Connects Chill Dudes". Booooooom.
"Weird Box is an innovative short film driven by the participation of Instagram followers". Design Indaba.
"An Interactive Movie About You". The World's Best Ever.
"Finsta vs Rinsta : les instagrameurs deviennent-ils schizophrénes?". INfluencia.
"Watch: A Bizarre Short Film That Changes According To Your Instagram Handle". Design Taxi.
"Weird box": le court-métrage réaliséd'aprés votre compte Instagram". Fisheye.
"Someone's Stalking Your Instagram - Find Out Who Now". 8 Days.
"WeirdBox Uses Your Instagram Photos in a Funny (and Creepy) Short Film". PetaPixel.
"Weird Box". The Awesomer.
"'Weird Box' Integrates Users' Instagram Posts into a Short Film". Trendhunter.