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Back when you were living in San Francisco, you saw me selling social interaction one day near the Ferry Building, and impulsively decided to sit down and try out my service. You became addicted to it and came back every day to buy some more. One day you said: "Well I'm broke now. Can I start selling social interaction back to you?" I responded "whatever, fine," and then I bought one Unrequited Love from you for $1,000. That's when you fell in love with me.
Back when we were a performance art duo at Wesleyan University, we found ourselves obsessed with the concept of living our lives in an entirely pre-scripted manner. Eventually we started producing scripts with us as protagonists, our friends as side characters, and the campus as our setting, and proceeded to turn those scripts into reality. We wrote and enacted scripts where, for example, we started impromptu parties in other people's houses, gave groundbreaking advice to friends, built a fort in the corner of the college cafe, and aced mid-term exams in graduate level courses. One day we made eight other people participate in our little experiment by scripting their own days, and collected their output. Another day, after running out of good ideas, I reluctantly suggested that we write a script in which you confess your love to me. To enact that script, you had to fall in love with me, so you went ahead and did just that.
Back when you were a student at Wesleyan University, you made the point that people don't have epiphanies very often, at least not as often as characters in books do, so when someone has an epiphany there should be a public alert system in place to let everyone know and respond accordingly. I thought that was a valid point so I bought, with friends, some really loud PA speakers, placed them at the windows of my house, and made a simple page where people could type in any message anonymously and have it be heard (using text-to-speech) across campus. We spent a Friday night hiding behind a tree across my house, broadcasting messages from our phones directed to passerbies, who looked around in puzzlement. Public Safety soon came by and shut me down. I got a noise violation, but it didn't matter, because that night you fell in love with me.
Back when you were a student at Wesleyan University and really getting into physics, I became scared that your mind was going to be dominated by academia's impersonal systems of knowledge, so I decided to show you how easy it is to create new knowledge systems that are uniquely tailored to your perception. I did that by teaching a for-credit student course with Shivan on the subject. Your favorite lecture was the one about communication, during which we had to hold a class conversation while switching our medium of communication every five minutes. Midway through that lecture you felt liberated from the tyranny of content for the first time in your life. That's also when you fell in love with me.
Back when you were a neuroscientist and a firm believer in the scientific method, you told me that even though you found me "somewhat charming" I spoke so few words that you didn't have enough empirical data to conclude I was worth loving. To rectify that I decided to expose the entire contents of my mind to you. I used the Emotiv Epoc with an open-source driver to broadcast my brainwaves online. You stayed up all night watching my brain dreaming, and fell asleep watching my brain wake up. When you woke up again, you did some calculations and finally derived that you were in love with me.