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 increase wisdom faster than power. How can we make technology simplify our lives and allow us more freedom, instead of just adding to the complexity and the noise? These are just a few of the questions that I think we should answer. Interested? Let's talk.


Currently, I'm a masters student in the Human-Computer Interation Engineering lab at MIT CSAIL. Previously, I studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

While at MIT, I...

Before MIT, I grew up in Syracuse, NY where I played a lot of tennis, did a lot of Science Olympiad, and made some apps of varying degrees of fame — among other things.

My three biggest heroes are Noam Chomsky, Alan Kay, and Bob Dylan.

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 now this site is custom-built.

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

You can read more about the custom site builder I made that runs this site.


You can email me here.

My Twitter handle is @futurekennysf.

My LinkedIn profile is here: Kenny's LinkedIn.