Joshbot

Joshbot

Because it turns out the narcissist call was coming from inside the house, I trained a language model on 10+ years of question/answer pairs from my iMessage corpus, and now you can text Joshbot via WhatsApp at 1-857-JOSHBOT (1-857-567-4268). (Posting that number is probably a categorically bad idea but just remember: LLMs are vibes engines,…

Notes On AI & UXR

Notes On AI & UXR

Researchers: I am here to tell you that AI has not made you irrelevant — but you’re doing yourself a disservice by ignoring it. As with so many disciplines, the explosion of access to powerful language models has fundamentally changed our roles. We often bemoan the labor that’s nearly invisible to our stakeholders: the planning,…

Generative Characters

Generative Characters

I’ve been working on something I hope to launch here in the next couple of weeks, but I thought I’d share a sneak peek at a work-in-progress, as a means of capturing this moment of visual AI tooling. In the project I’m working on, the underlying goal is to develop a reliable, efficient and repeatable…

Analog Steganography

Analog Steganography

So here’s a fun one. A friend’s been researching steganography, the art of hiding a message within another artifact to avoid detection. It made a great LLM proof-of-concept. This short video demonstrates the output of a day’s worth of pair programming with gpt-4: I encoded a short message* into a sample audio file in Morse…

Moviefone GPT

Moviefone GPT

Looking to unwind but not sure what to stream tonight? I’ve built just the thing: a fun phone-based movie recommender with old-school Moviefone vibes. I paired with gpt4 to code this project, which uses APIs from OpenAI, Eleven Labs and TMDB to generate movie recommendations and attach them to real-time streaming availability, all while generating…

Keeping The Lights On

Keeping The Lights On

It is very hard to google Dr. Stephen Buggie, PhD. Aside from one blog post and some YouTube videos, he’s largely invisible online. This is probably because he does most of his computing from an Apple II.  I came across Dr. Buggie this spring in the most unexpected way: I ordered $7.50 worth of replacement…

The Box

The Box

For twenty years I’d been in possession of a strange, sad box. It contained the last earthly possessions of a woman named Eva Kaye who died with no heirs. A social worker, the executor of her estate, paid me to clean out her house when I was a poor college grad. I couldn’t bear to…

Cause & Effect

Cause & Effect

I am absolutely obsessed with subtle interventions that have outsized effects. I’ll give an example from my law school days. Every first-year law student takes a tort law class, and every tort law class spends a lot of time focusing on causation — the inciting incident that triggers the injury at the center of any tort suit. Tracing…

Light Bulbs & Lasers

Light Bulbs & Lasers

“I used to be a light bulb, but now I’m a laser.” I love this quote (spoken by Nicholas Negroponte, regarding his intense focus on the $100 laptop project). It helped inspire the development of Clara, a brain-sensing, environment-augmenting, focus-enhancing smart lamp I built with Marcelo Mejía Cobo and Belen Tenorio for our combined MFA…

Thither & Yonder

Thither & Yonder

I’ve been working on a bunch of mapping projects lately, mostly designed for pedestrians. Thither is a navigation concept that reimagines efficiency. You give it a destination and an arrival time within the next hour, and it will route you to optimize for that precise arrival time. If you’re in a rush, it will try…