“Don’t believe in fortune but don’t live without fortune.” – Turkish Proverb I have recently been designing Teller, a blockchain system that can be used as a permanent, immutable record underlying any act of fortune-telling. During an act of fortune-telling, users can rate their Tellings as Good or Bad Luck, and as Accurate or Inaccurate. In this way,[…]
A couple of months ago I demonstrated how to create an A.I that believes in magic. Let me explain how this came about. For the past three years, I have been an Associate Creative for Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces, a £2million research project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research[…]
Bruce Sterling’s “Shaping Things” first introduced the Design Fictions concept in 2005. Julian Bleecker (Nokia researcher and Near Future Laboratory co-founder) gave it some more shape in a presentation given at the Engage Design conference in 2008. Sterling calls Design Fictions, “an approach to design that speculates about new ideas through prototyping and storytelling.” He[…]
For the past eight years or so I’ve been involved in a number of projects that attempt, in different ways, to genuinely divine the thoughts of an individual or of an audience. These projects have involved collaborations with the BBC, NESTA FutureFest, The Pennsylvania State University, Aalto University, and as Magician in Residence at Pervasive[…]
Earlier this year I gave the opening keynote at The Risk and Network Threat Conference. The RANT Conference has a great, fiery, intense feel. The kind you only get when you bring together smart, concerned experts in an atmosphere that deliberately and cleverly provokes unconstrained and challenging conversation. Here’s a video about the speakers. I[…]
I have an interesting challenge. The Wobbly Interface Devices and Mindreading Robots I’ve been making all work by sensing very small subconscious muscle movement – Ideomotor Responses – in order to interact, read minds, and measure particular kinds of imaginative skills. I’ve been invited to speak at an amazing event in October called Raft. The[…]
Very proud to now be a Pervasive Media Studio Collaborator. They do truly great work. Looking forward to spending two months with them beginning next week. Woop! My project page is here.
Incredible news! For two months this Autumn I will be a Magician in Residence at the Watershed in Bristol working with Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed’s multi-disciplinary research lab, and The University of Bristol Computer Science Department to explore creative ideas that blend technology, interaction design, magic and illusion. I’m one of two magicians to be[…]