I'm the VP of Product at Lantern, where we're defeating state-sponsored internet censorship in Russia, China, and Iran. I led the company's decentralized transformation with Browsers Unbounded, our P2P distributed computing platform for crowdsourced proxies.
Previously, I was the first and only "Hacker in Residence" at Consumer Reports Innovation Lab, where I worked on peer-to-peer geosearch for self-organizing local marketplaces.
In 2019, I was named a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio fellow in artificial intelligence.
I won Mozilla's $50,000 award for AI.
I won a Webby for Stealing Ur Feelings, an AI-powered AR experience which analyzes your facial reactions to reveal the threats to our liberty posed by emotion-based surveillance. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, exhibited at the Tate Modern, made the front page of Y Combinator's Hacker News, and was profiled by MIT, Scientific American, the Museum of the Moving Image, Engadget, CBC News, and many more.
I helped engineer Mario Kart Live for Nintendo. (I worked mostly on checkpoint heuristics and collision detection.)
I open sourced wasm computer vision algorithms at Recurse Center.
I programmed Weird Box, an interactive film which uses Math Tricks™ to hack anyone's
Instagram photos into the plot. Fast Company called it "delightfully disturbing," SFist called it "strangely fascinating," and Boing Boing called it "awesome."
I invented a fake mobile app for chill dudes which confused a bunch of journalists.
I've written about technology, both seriously and jokingly, for The American Prospect, the Daily News, and 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.