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I'm currently leading R&D at Consumer Reports Digital Lab — a new privacy and security venture funded by a $6m investment from Craig Newmark.
In 2019 I was named a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellow on artificial intelligence.
I won Mozilla's $50,000 prize for media and AI.
I won a Webby for Stealing Ur Feelings, a machine learning-powered AR movie that knows how racist you are. 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.
I open sourced face detection algorithms at Recurse Center.
I made Weird Box, an interactive film that manipulates the world's public Instagram data. 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 that fooled 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, London. I've appeared on the CBC, MTV, and Italy's Rai3.
I'm a partner at a dope pizzeria. See us on Viceland.
I'm a two-time college dropout. I was born in New York City and I still live in New York City.
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.
"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.
"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.