Kenneth Friedman

Hey — Kenneth Shaw Friedman here. Most of the time I go by Kenny. Sometimes I go by Satoshi Nakamoto. I'm currently a master's student at MIT in the HCI Engineering group.

I'm interested in a lot of different things. Currently, I am focusing on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction. How can machines enhance our intelligence? How can we make technology simplify our lives and allow us more freedom, instead of just adding to the complexity and the noise? Why haven't we progressed since the days of PARC? These are just a few of the questions that we should answer. Interested? Let's talk.

Here's what I've been up to for the past couple of years:

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In the summer of 2015, I worked at Apple as a software intern in the Interactive Media Group. That's all I have to say about that. Before that, I worked on robots at NASA. You can read more about what I did when I finish writing about what I did.

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So far, I've gotten started in the world of HCI by helping with research in the Fluid Interfaces Group of the MIT Media Lab. I also made a demo drawing application that separates the controls from the drawing. However, the answers to those questions might not be in what people think of as HCI today.

In a past life, I built iOS apps, including:

I also made an iOS game. It's called Unlimited Grid. You should check it out, because it's pretty fun. And find a buddy, because you're going to need a second person to play against you.

My three biggest heroes are Noam Chomsky, Alan Kay, and Bob Dylan. I've met two of them, but Dylan is quite elusive.

About this Site

In the beginning, this was hosted on SquareSpace. After adding more and more custom features over time, it seemed worth it to simply build up a the site from scratch — so here we are.

This site proudly works without JQuery or any framework (Bootstrap, Foundation, etc) for its core layout. Certain pages include libraries for special features, but most of the site operates in pure CSS. In fact, you can turn off Javascript in your browser and nearly every page will look exactly the same (you're welcome, Stallman).

Please let me know if anything seems wrong. Reports of broken links, or strange formatting on particular devices/browsers are appreciated.

Elsewhere on the Internet

You can email me here.

My Twitter handle is @futurekennysf.

My LinkedIn profile is here: Kenny's LinkedIn.