Who Am I?
I am an ethicist, writer, artist, educator, and concerned citizen based out of Pittsburgh, PA. I received my PhD from CU-Boulder's Department of Computer Science in Fall 2017. My thesis focused on the use of socio-technical narrative as a way of communicating, comprehending, teaching, and debating the ethics of new and near-future technologies. My research spans topics such as design fiction, technology ethics, classroom design, engineering ethics pedagogy, futures, and risk.
I am now the executive director at Community Forge, a mission-driven organization dedicated to rehabbing the Johnston Elementary School in Wilkinsburg, PA into a community centered focused on education, arts, civics, and local business development. My technical work is now done through a social enterprise, Probable Models, that focuses on supporting and exploring ethical technologies. Please explore my website, which stays (somewhat) up-to-date with my current projects and writings.
Community Forge at the former Johnston Elementary School
We are rehabbing a 45,000 sqft elementary school into a community center. Our tenants include education non-profits, a dance studio, an extreme sports company, individual businesses owners in our co-working spaces, and more. We hope to co-operativize our building's equity within the next 12-18 months.
Summer 2017 - Present
Quantified Self: Immersive Data Experience
We produced a pilot immersive theater piece that incorporated personal data shared by the audience to customize the narrative and personalize 10 interactive installations within the set. We are planning to run a scaled-up version of the show along with a public event series in Pittsburgh during 2019.
Spring 2016 - Now
In collaboration with Maotik, I did data engineering for the interactive, immersive installation "Flow," presented at Ars Electronica 2016.
Collaborative Laboratories - Tennessee Land Project
I put my free time into taking care of a beauitful piece of land in Tennessee with a community of artists and engineers called CoLab.
2013 - Present
Feel free to get in touch with me about my work or for collaboration or whatever else.
- Inquiries related to my research, design, or technology work contact me at : mike [at] probablemodels [dot] com
- Inquiries for related to Community Forge: mike [at] forge [dot] community