Hello! I'm a French-American artist, designer, and engineer. I am currently a back-end engineer at Axios, helping readers learn about the world and make them smarter, faster. Previously, I was the lead software engineer at Artmatr, building painting robots. I also worked for metaLAB (at) Harvard, where I built art installations about AI ethics, and the MIT Media Lab, where I built design tools for connecting concepts and provoking new ideas, and an AI-based interface for computing the emotional content of sentences.
I am a graduate of Northeastern University, where I studied computer science, design, and ethics. I've also taken courses in political science and philosophy at Sciences Po in Paris.
I aim to make virtual interactions more empathetic, and make users more aware of their physicality. The smartphone, which my generation checks 150 times daily, has replaced many processes that formerly involved physical interactions (postman, teller, etc.). In this environment, the dominant paradigm represents human experience and people as metrics, and it is easier to harm when others are just numbers. My goal is to create art that uses the medium of technology to remind us of our own physicality while revealing how technology structures our behavior.
I'm always seeking new collaborations. If you're interested in building creative and critical technologies, reach me at maxdavidlever[at]gmail.com.