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Hi! I'm David, the Director of Technology and Digital Strategy at the MIT Museum. I'm fascinated by our cyborganic relationship with technology, soulful computing, and humane software.

This is my personal site to share my writing.  You can read my blog entries or sign up for my weekly newsletter, Soulful Computing.

Over the past twenty years working with non-profits, startups, and brands, I have developed an unwavering belief in a hands-on approach to innovation research: the best way to understand a topic is through rapid and soulful prototyping with near-future technologies.

Since making is always entangled with understanding, my hands will always be covered in source code regardless of my job title. To explore how digital tools influence what we make, I write software for cognitive augmentation and digital productivity.

At MIT, I lead the Museum in its digital transformation as it reboots in a new building opening in 2022. My digital approach supports improved collections access, innovative digital experiences, and more consistent ongoing audience engagement.

My research interests include source code marginalia, technology culture, esoteric programming languages, and augmented personal productivity systems. I seek to illuminate the humanity that exists around and inside computation.

Recent Posts

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That New Computer Smell

Computational nostalgia haunts me. I have become the vintage computer, to be sold off at a garage sale.

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Anything but NFTs

Hello friend, Thank you for all the outpouring of kind words for my newsletter last week. It was a huge catharsis to write it, and I was so touched that it seemed helpful to many of my readers. I'm still working through responding to the many of you who sent

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The Grief Multiplier and Gratitude

Thank you for the overwhelming feedback on this essay. I had a couple of good cries while writing it and I'm crying as I read all of your kind words in return. I'm doing my best to write back to every one of your letters. It is truly a gift