About

FireworksI bring AI, algorithms and computer models to people.

I have over 25 year’s experience of decision support computer systems leading to better roads, more efficient timetables, more profitable steel companies, and more enjoyable AI opponents in games.

My previous work has led indirectly to increasing the sum of human happiness (through jobs, reduced environmental impact, economic growth). Now I wish to devote my time and talents to more directly taking on the question: “How can we make people happier?”.

I am particularly interested in two areas:

  • AI and the future of work – what AI would we want to build if we seek “more happiness” rather than “more profits” or “more voters”.
  • AI and the potential of games and media – how can we use games and media to help people understand and achieve their own personal (happiness) goals. I lead two large research labs in games and media at the University of York (IGGI and DC Labs).