I'm the Hacker in Residence at Consumer Reports Digital Lab, where I lead research to reinvent consumer advocacy for the internet age.
I'm building Passerby, a peer-to-peer protocol for geographic resource discovery which aims to provide the "location layer" for the decentralized web.
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, 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 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," 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.
Previously, I tried to bring new thinking to the TV industry: I launched MTV2's first ever slate of original programming as Editorial Director, collab'd with Key & Peele, wrote a comedy book for MTV Books, and failed to convince MTV to start producing video games.
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.