Hey — Kenneth Shaw Friedman here. Most people call me Kenny. Right now, I'm studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.
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:
Last summer, 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.
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:
- the world renowned app, Is It Tuesday?
- a high schooler-helping College Application Organizer
- the dedicated Science Olympian's Science Olympiad Tracker
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.
Now I'm trying to figure out what's next.
About this Site
This site used to be hosted on SquareSpace's CMS. After adding more and more features over time, it seemed worth it to build 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.
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