“Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.”
        — Kranzberg’s First Law

I’m a researcher at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. I spend most of my time designing and building astrophysical data systems. Underpinning this work is my preoccupation with all of the ways that computers could be revolutionizing science and society — but aren’t yet.

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Latest post:

Envisioning the Thingiverse

A recent essay and talk by Aaron Straup Cope touches on a lot of different interesting ideas, but one that particularly struck me was his experiment with puttings things — in his case, a musuem collection — on the Fediverse.

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