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Cayden Pierce | Transhumanist Hacker @ MIT Media Lab, Smart Glasses, Neurotech, AI, Singularity

Transhumanist Hacker

Here to Help

I work to interface with and enhance the human mind.

Hi! I’m a researcher, engineer, and creative at the MIT Media Lab. My work tends to lie at the nexus of human-computer interaction, sensing, and consciousness. I build systems that become part of the cognitive self – augmenting human thinking, sensing, and communication.

 

I use tech like wearables, neurotech, and AI to create systems which augment the human experience. These include proactive search engine smart glasses, the “Human Eye as a Camera” brain-computer interface, a social wearable for autism, augmented musical experiences with brain stimulation, and other projects.

 

I previously spent time at university research labs, startups, and companies including University of Toronto, National University of Singapore, JITX, and Blueberry.

 

I’m also a world-leading nerd in all-day wearable smart glasses, leading TeamOpenSmartGlasses and demoing smart glasses in videos.

We are all cyborgs: intelligent biological agents upgraded by the technology we create. I seek to exist as and develop the next generation of human intelligence and experiential enhancement.

FEATURED PROJECTS

Human Eye as a Camera
Wearable Computer

A wearable brain-computer interface that can scan the visual cortex and recreate an image of whatever the subject is looking at.

Mobilab: 40 Year Old RV
Mobile Hacker Lab

A 40 year old RV converted into a mobile hacker lab for wearable computing adventures across North America.

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Extracting Linguistic Relations from Word
Embeddings & LLMs

(king – man + woman) == (queen) | But what else is there to discover in semantic latent space? We explored the high dimensional space of word embeddings and large language models (LLMs) to discover how semantic meaning is represented in vector space in a human-understandable way.

ABOUT ME

I’m a hacker. The system I hack is mind. I poke, prod, optimise, and enhance the mind to create intelligent and sensed experiences we never had before.

My philosophy is “more life”. I live this philosophy by having as much fun as possible, not only creating new experiences in the lab, but by going out into the world on “inventures” (adventure + invention), blending together research, sociality, work, learning, invention, etc. This could be as simple as heading to a coffee shop donned with a wearable contextual search engine, as fringe as living in the woods during my undergrad, or as in-depth as a cross-continent road trip in a cybernetic vehicular research lab.

I believe we’re entering an era of rapid growth in intelligence, and advancing HCI is the best way to ensure a future where all minds flourish maximally – a future more fantastic than we can possibly imagine.

I build meta-tools. I offer meta-solutions to meta-problems. My goal is goals. I aim to encourage and enable.

We need to shed old functions handed to us by biological evolution and live new values which maximise our shared conscious experience. Let’s create a future more fantastic than we can possibly imagine today – and bring every mind along for the ride.

Please feel free to reach out or book a meeting.