Hi, thanks for dropping by. As you might gather from these pages, lately I have been trying to get my head around the notion of value, and how we choose, create, exchange and consume that what we value on and off this planet.
Meanwhile, working at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, I support the Flight Opportunities program which funds flight tests of new space technologies on commercial suborbital platforms (e.g. Blue Origin). Some of the program’s earlier flights I have storied in the program’s first three annual reports. While at NASA, I’ve also had the opportunity in 2012-2014 to learn about brain-inspired AI, e.g. by inviting Jeff Hawkins to give a talk at NASA Ames, doing a small internal R&D project to study Numenta’s algorithms (HTM), and in helping organize a VLAB panel discussion on Deep Learning at Stanford.
Before coming to the US in 2008, I was part of a small community in Europe aiming to establish a working relationship between contemporary art and European space through the European Space Agency (see e.g. Floating Points). My participation in this effort was inspired by an ESA-commissioned artwork 'Ceci N'est Pas Mon Soleil' which I helped create in 2001 as part of an art collective we called 'Art Race in Space' (=2 American contemporary artists Deborah Solomon, Ricky Seabra and myself, all based in Amsterdam at the time).
My year 2000 MSc thesis in Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology consisted of a self-proposed idea to allow people to virtually (internet)-travel to the Moon aboard a small European spacecraft called LunarSat (paper@ICEUM4).
What ties it all together is my interest in learning about the world and finding ways to share what I learn.
September 2019 (contact)