Research & Development | Photography and Digital Art
Exploring real and virtual worlds
I consider myself a multidisciplinary researcher, a developer, a visual ethnographer and a nomad.
I live in Greensboro (NC), leading the SciArt Lab while I work remotely as Software Engineer for Enxendra Technologies, developing SaaS cryptographic solutions with digital signatures.
I have a wide background as a researcher. I’ve been Research Fellow at the P2P Lab, a spin-off of Tallin University of Technology and the P2P Foundation. I have collaborated with research groups such as the Global Brain Institute of the Free University of Brussels, the Critical Making Lab at the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in diverse topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Complex Adaptive Systems, P2P dynamics and the Social Implications of Technology. Currently I also collaborate as researcher with University of Valencia.
I am the founder and coordinator of Bitmind, a commons-oriented startup to explore the potential of DAOs/OVNs and the evolution of social complexity in agent-based models and production communities. Bitmind had an international impact in the context of Applied Research & Open Source development around OVNs/DAOs. Since 2017 it will be a project of the P2P Foundation.
Additionally, I am a hobbyist photographer and a digital artist. I have other side projects and conduct some self-directed research initiatives.
I am also co-founder of the SciArt Lab, a digital R&D laboratory for the open exploration of Science, Art and Technology. We consider that a multidisciplinary approach is crucial to hack seemingly unrelated topics such as artificial intelligence, generative art, complex adaptive systems or digital photography.
For years I have been exploring the evolution of social complexity in agent-based models. Currently I am also applying qualitative approaches such as visual ethnography to study diversity of identity/identities in real social agents. I am also starting to study the intersection of artificial agent-based models with constructed languages.
I am the founder and coordinator of bitmind.co, a decentralized Research & Development organization whose goal is the exploration of the potential of Open Value Networks (OVN). Our goal is to help Open Enterprises, Cooperatives and Communities to distribute value amongst their members and bootstrap their collective intelligence.
To do that, we focus our efforts in applied research & open source development around the OVN/DCO context, exploring how new models for self-organization can enforce the value production capacities within the P2P paradigm. In order to unify concepts, share common metodologies and explore this vaste field, we have also developed ovn.space, a shared hub for this evolving and growing ecosystem.
In ovn.space we are trying enable collaboration between different Open Value Networks. It has become apparent that the development and promotion of the OVN model of production requires a focused effort by the network of people that are working on it. This is required so as to acquire data and experiences from each group on the practices that work and those that do not so as to converge into a set of good methodologies. At the same time, the more the network shows that it has a strong mass, the easier it is to acquire funding from governments or potential investors, determine favourable policy changes or inspire people around the world to join us.