I joined MSR's Cambridge Lab in September 2004 as a member of the Socio-digital Systems Group (SDS).

Since then, I've undertaken investigations into a range of routine aspects of everyday life - with a particular emphasis on life at home. For instance, I've shown what some might describe as an unhealthy preoccupation with hoarding, dirt, clutter and similar seemingly banal subject matter.

Most recently, I have begun obsessing over the entanglements of computation and social life. My studies in this realm have taken me from the intelligence found in robots and other curious "thinking" machines, to DIYbio and more broadly the role of algorithms in the sciences.

Much of this work has been considered alongside the design of computing technology. Rather than informing design directly, however, I've sought with varying success to open up the possibilities for different and hopefully new ways of interacting with technology. A further aim has been to reflect on the ever emergent relations between humans and machines, and to wonder what the unceasing developments in science and technology might mean for being human. In all, my work amounts to a struggling through, not to produce definitive answers, but, with an eye for the troubles and hopefully finding along the way some productive questions.


For more details and news on my readings, writings and ongoing research see here.

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