Hello, World.
I'm Ramsay,
and I'm The Cybernetician.
I work at the intersection
of brains, minds, and machines.
I use design, systems neuroscience, and code to explore the interface of us and our increasingly intelligent artifacts.
Some of my work is for robots. Some is for people. Some both. Like their creator they are all playful and works in progress.


The Modernist conviction that we can build our way to greater human thriving drives my work and play.
I'm enthralled by the reciprocal causality between humans and machines and the implications of their ever poorly-defined boundary.

Here's some questions I like to ask and things I've built to help answer them:
Where would you go with a Google Maps for the Brain?
How do I get between smell and memory? What's the route between pleasure and addiction?
I built Golgi as part of my ongoing PhD work at USC to help people answer these kinds of questions.

Golgi is a beautiful and functional brain connectivity map. Click. Zoom. Explore real data and answer real questions. Golgi helps neuroscientists explore the wiring of nature's biological computer. Quickly, easily, and for free.
Who would you be if you could hack your own brain?
Apps that form habits become a part of users' lives. The Dopamine API makes apps habit-forming and increases user behavior by up to 40%. It's powered by models from neuro of how rewards hack the brain's habit system.

I built Dopamine to help fitness, wellness, education and productivity apps that help people thrive.
Dopamine is my way to help everyone reprogram themselves to become the people they want to become.
How do we talk to robots about the brain?
You can read this (you've gotten this far.) Robots can't. They're even worse at reading science papers.
But we generate a lot of data about the brain. Maybe more than we can process on our own. How can they help?

The Neural Systems Language (NSyL) gives humans and machines a common way to talk about brain architecture.
This spreads new connectome knowledge faster through the net and promotes deeper brain network analysis.
What should technology do to create better learners?
Students deserve something better than Powerpoint and bored Facebooking in the classroom.
We need new tools - both of tech and mind - that can keep students improving and instructors sane.

I built Root to make teaching easy and learning fun. Instructors get a simple interface for creating great courses and students get fun and reinforcing tools for learning. It's free for anyone to take or teach a course.
What mark does love leave on a brain?
We too often live under delusions of autonomy and distance. With stillness we find that we are an emergent resonance. We leave a memetic thumbprint on the minds we touch and, in return, feel their thumbprints on ours.

In Connected0 I used EEG headbands, eye contact meditation, and thumbprints to generate unique, beautiful visual reflections of the cybernetic slowdance between friends and lovers. Connected0 is the first in a set of pieces I'm working on exploring reciprocal causality. The pieces will show with USC Corpus Callosum on May 1st, 2015.
Let's talk.
I like great ideas, invitations for collaboration, and IPA (and any combinations of such).
You may email me here and follow me here. I occasionally do interesting things!

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