A profile of my supervisor

A great, long read about Chris Csikszentmihályi, my primary supervisor, written by Luke Yoquinto.

Hunter Hunter. Photo by Chris Csikszentmihályi
Hunter Hunter. Photo by Chris Csikszentmihályi

Some quotes:

“Traditionally, the job of the engineer is to solve problems like that, not question them. But some new technologies cut deeper: solving problems on a functional level, but also raising the question of how we choose which problems to solve.”

““My first real art piece, and the reactions were crazy,” Chris said. “All these men who came to the show were like ‘Wow, is that patented? Are you gonna start a business with this?’” He would tell them, uh, no: “This is supposed to be dystopic.””

““Technology is, like government or economics, a human activity that needs to be organized and governed,” Chris wrote. “Our culture treats technical matters as it did economics during the gold standard.””

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What I’ve been up to…

Following some productive meetings with my supervisor, I’ve been working on several things:

  • installing and starting to use Zotero for citation management
  • obtaining texts which my supervisor has recommended
  • drafting a paper for my seminar class
  • finalizing the process of obtaining credits for previous work/teaching experience
  • using an array of software tools to map out and probe my research question

… and much more!

Looking forward to curling up with the items on my reading list over Christmas. Happy holidays!

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