I have moved this blog to http://oaklandfuturist.com
Please check there for the most recent posts.
I live in Oakland, CA with my girlfriend of many years, Gretchen. I grew up outside of Buffalo,NY, and also lived briefly in New Orleans, LA. I have worked with computers since 1999 and am currently exploring a new avocation as a writer.
My interest in futurism started early in my youth as I read the Science Fiction of authors like Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. Later, I admired the work of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson. I am still a big SciFi fan now and Verner Vinge, Charles Stross and Daniel Suarez are some of my favorite contemporary authors.
I got into Cognitive Science after attending Monica Anderson’s AI meetup. I started attending Dana Ream’s CogSci reading group. I am very interested in enactivism and embodied cognition. I am an active meetup.com participant and host my own Futurist meetup. Some other groups I am part of are Quantified Self and the Long Now. I have also done a lot of work with startups and I am interested in the Silicon Valley entrenpeneurial scene.
I want to use this blog as a way of sharing and synthesizing the various ideas that are in circulation here in the Bay Area. I encourage everyone interested in these topics to voice your own opinions and join in the conversation.