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Virtual Avatars Solve Video Fatigue
March 18, 2021
With Microsoft's latest announcement of Mesh it seems the perfect time to explain to anyone who will hear that the answer to video malaise we are stuck in, and the portal to a new world of possibility and innovation, is already here in the form of virtual avatar platforms and tools.
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3D Shared Drawing in Magic Leap & Across devices with Spatiate!
February 15, 2019
This medium of ‘projected light’ is what I have been waiting for as an artist for many years. Unlike 3D modeling in a computer, we now have a medium that allows for 3D expression at the scale of being in a direct way. To draw with the world in this new way is hypnotic and beautiful as an experience, and the results are fascinating even at this early beta stage.
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Magic Leap Play, LEAPcon friends, and the future of XR as Language & Healthcare
October 26, 2018
We’re on version one of version one version of new reality. So yes indeed does it have bugs and foibles. The FOV is just big enough to start getting a taste for proper synthesis of graphics and view. Yet it’s still a floating rectangle of perception. A big rectangle, yet edged nevertheless.
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Art Math, Math Art - Toward a Boundless Grounded Infinity
October 25, 2017
Harness the power of drawing into computers to let a blank canvas become running code, bridge fuzzy expression with rigid logics into an extensible by default play/work-space for all ages.
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Featured Writing

A Desirable Future Haiku
July 24, 2014
Kevin Kelley asked the crowd to envision plausible and desirable 100 year futures in 100 words and offered $100 as a reward for the one he would most like to live in. Kelley's commentary on envisioning positive futures is powerful and his contribution of a desirable future is inspiring. "It’s a hard assignment. Compressing anything as messy as the future into 100 words is a near-impossible challenge. Almost like writing poetry. And 100 years is so immensely distant from us that we need to fictionalize it. But the most difficult part is imagining a scenario that is desirable.” "My choice for the most plausible vision of a future I desire goes to John Hanacek’s scenario. I think I’d like to live there, and I think it is plausible in 100 years. My $100 goes to him." - Kevin Kelley, kk.org
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Capturing, Tracing, and Visualizing the Spread of Technology-Enhanced Instructional Strategies
June 1, 2015
The aim of this paper is to describe the process and results of capturing, tracing, and visualizing the spread and evolution of Technology enhanced instructional strategies within medical and graduate education. The paper shows the resulting network of influences in relation to the adoption of these strategies across individuals and communities within Georgetown University as well as beyond its organizational boundaries. The paper concludes by proposing that a knowledge exchange framework may serve as an alternative to more traditional evaluation methods and return on investment models used in higher education.
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Conversing with Computers: Retrieving the Past, Ideas for the Future
December 22, 2015
Can we use sketching into computers to help teach concepts of logic? Or more grandiosely: Can we allow young children to use their innate drawing abilities to explore advanced concepts in programming and logic at their own pace all while their hearts and minds are engaged? I propose a forwarding of the design thinking behind Alan Kay’s Dynabook concept, while updating it with new research into sketch-based learning and creation tools. This piece is broken into 4 parts with a conclusion.
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As We May Sketch
July 2, 2016
As a recovering 'mathphobe' working in software and UX design I am now hungry to internalize mathematical concepts, yet finding there is still a disconnect between my desired level of programming prowess and the realities of the computer medium. I am on a quest to learn myself and make it easier for everyone else to learn. I believe that everyone deserves to know how to think systematically and execute their intention in the form of computer programs. The ability to implement formal logic is part of the new literacy. It can usher in a new kind of metamathematical language tool where human expression is the code.
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