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Writer, Founder, Technologist
Hi, I am Thobes.
I live in Los Angeles where I build stories and software with my trusty cat Megabyte.
My work has been awarded 13 Webbys, 2 Clios and a Cannes Lion.
I use emerging tools to tell new types of stories that (hopefully) bring us humans together.
I am currently building Lore Machine, a story visualization system that transforms long-form human text - like scripts, books and articles - into multimedia experiences. Lore Machine's studio produces AI-collaborative projects for a growing roster of partners.
The precursor to Lore Machine is a collection of graphic novel adaptations based on public domain works like Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Clifford D. Simak's Contraption.
I am the former Head of Publishing at VICE Media. I am also the founder and former Publisher of science & technology channel Motherboard.
I have orchestrated content-led experiences for brands like Intel and Harley-Davidson.
Other projects include consciousness experiment The Gateway and The CryptoLexicon, an on-chain Wikipedia.
I write on my newsletter EXO, as well as for Lore Machine. My writing explores unseeable worlds and has been widely syndicated.
Here some of my more well-known stories:
Save As: DNA - A multi-part investigation into DNA data storage
How to Escape the Confines of Time and Space According to the CIA
web3 is in our Nature - Lessons from our natural world on building a cecentralized Internet
The Guide to Steganography - A trip through an intentionally unseeable world
Found, Page 25 of the CIA's Gateway Report on Astral Projection
Stretching the Electric Diamond - The Bo Jackson of optoelectronics hits the gym
The Plant With a Pulse - Venus flytraps & the magnetic field
I produce video exploring our shared future.
Dear Future, - Tomorrow is today
The Most Unknown - Netflix feature film tackling science's most unanswered questions
The Rap Monument - 1 soundscape, 3 cities, 30 MCs
Let's Form Group - The future of community
Phreaked Out - Hacker's field guide
Humans+ - Biohacking Series
Monkey Island - The lab-tested chimpanzees of Liberia
Symbiotic - The beautiful and twisted relationship between man and nature
Sound Builders - Re-think noise
Electric Independence - Inside the minds of the world's greatest electronic artists
Upgrade - Higher tech for humankind
Hello World - Technology's untold origin stories
Connected - SciFi short with Pamela Anderson
Speed Daemons - The future of hauling ass
Music Videos for Zeds Dead and Sebastien Tellier
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