My (Short) Story
Originally from the UK, I am an IEE prize winner with over 30 patents in a wide array of advanced technologies including AI, Bias in AI, Signal Processing, Computer Vision, Computational Aesthetics and blockchain.
In 2011, I moved to Silicon Valley after being awarded a self-sponsored “Genius Visa” from the US government.
I designed my first commercial product (fibre-optic multiplexor) whilst still an undergrad, aged 19, and was subsequently awarded the Von Rheinhold Nostrand prize.
At age 22, I won the Motorola global patent of the year for a chip design that enabled radical shrinkage of cellular base stations.
I am one of the inventors of the mobile app and wrote several leading text books in the field. I also built probably the world’s first text messaging app (for Lucent Technologies).
In 2016 I met Sergey Brin to discuss a potential role running R&D for Google Glass (my PhD research in the 90s was in augmented reality) but the position was withdrawn with the demise of Glass.
I pioneered the use of machine learning co-processor techniques in the 90s whilst designing one of the first ML chips for GSM mobile phones, for which I have several key patents.
I helped some of the world’s best brands with technology transformation, including O2 in the UK where I also led the creation of their start-up incubator program.
I held Chief Scientist, Chief Architect and CTO roles at a number of leading orgs across multiple continents.
I gave multiple keynotes at various prestigious corporate and public events, mostly as a “futurist”.
Outside of work, I helped my wife to homeschool three kids following a “renaissance” style eclectic education program that blended classical education with modern updates. For example, I am a proponent of teaching computational-based maths to kids in order to explore foundational ideas versus rote-learning of identities and so on. Of course, a side-effect is learning computation and probabilistic thinking. We also studied Arisotle’s Poetics, but as applied to modern cinema. Feel free to contact me if you want to know more.
I am a keen student of philosophy of mind, cognitive linguistics and aesthetics. I have developed several theories of “attention” for the purposes of building “augmented creativity” AI algorithms and recently (2019) filed patents for novel chatbot algorithms using attention. My interest in linguistics began as a quest to make my digital note-taking more than just a digitized version of journaling, but rather a source of conceptual knowledge. This work is ongoing.
For a more in-depth bio and reader on my background, please my fuller “Deep Mind” bio.
Winner of the IEE prize for outstanding achievement in Electronic Engineering (UK).
30 patents in advanced technologies (1992-2019)
Including in AI, blockchain, computer vision, signal processing for cellular, computational aesthetics, attention-based bots, digital art and more.
One of the Earliest Patents in Applied Neural Networks (Comms)
In 1995, Motorola filed for a patent for my invention: “Multi-layer Perceptron Neural Network Adaptive Equaliser” which was one of the earliest NN patents in the field of communciations.
Invited Speaker at Many Leading Orgs
I have presented “futurist” or technology insights talks to the likes of McLaren Racing, O2 UK, Naspers, Ericsson, AT&T, Vodafone, GSMA, 3 UK and many more.
Von Rheinhold Nostrand (Publisher) Prize
Winner for achievement of designing a commercially adopted product (X.21 fiber-optic MUX) as an undergrad.
Motorola Patent of the Year (Youngest ever recipient)
For designing a chipset radio that revolutionized the compactness of cellular basestations (for microcells). Multiple patents.
World-beating financial OCR algorithm
For a fintech company in SF, I wrote Computer Visions software to read financial docs at any angle and with any amount of background noise, exceeding the capabilities of Google Cloud Vision and the leading finance OCR vendor (Lead Tools).
Founder of Europe's First Mobile Apps Co.
I founded Magic E Company in 1996. We created many industry firsts:
- First SMS gateway web API
- First Microsoft Exchange wireless connector with full OTA capabilities.
- First location-based service (MetroWalker HK and NTT DoCoMo Japan)
Author of First Major Handbook for Mobile Apps
Published by Wiley Academic Press in 2004 – one of the first text books explaining mobile apps and related cellular technologies.
Expert Member of Java Mobile Apps JSR
I was one of the few individual expert members of the Java Community Process team that developed the original mobile apps framework called MIDP.
Inventor of connFu scripting language
connFu was a pioneering platform and programming language (Ruby DSL) for building telephony services atop of any carrier network