Matt Taylor @rhyolight
👨🏼💻 Engineer by Trade
🧠 Scientist by Nature
🎨 Artist at Heart
My career path has been atypical. Driven by a strong work ethic, I’ve Gotten Things Done1
in a variety of scientific fields. A polyglot
programmer2 of 20+ years, I worked for the
US Air Force performing Test and
Evaluation3 for the B-2 Bomber, including the programming of
realistic physics simulations that modelled radar cross sections and enemy weapons
capabilities4. I’ve translated FORTRAN into Java for Boeing.
I’ve worked in drug discovery,
genetic intellectual property review, and most recently in theoretical neuroscience
research5. I thrive in scientific environments where hard questions are being asked and
smart people are discussing the answers.
Diversity of experience contributes to the understanding of many topics.
I enjoy playing new roles and trying new things. I was a Tech Lead at
Yahoo!6 before I
Numenta7, where I spearheaded their Open
efforts as community
took a fledgling community and grew
it10 into a valuable asset, inspiring a new generation
researchers11 to understand how brains work. I’m a
leader12 and an
speaker15, and an
I'm not afraid to deep dive into the
science17 and engineer
the shit out of
I will boldly experiment with the newest media
always looking for the next big
The future is more rewarding if it is discovered, not stumbled upon.
Life is super complicated. I have learned to take complex ideas and simplify them. I can
boil them down to their essence by stripping away layers of context until the bare
kernel is exposed like gold in a pan. I understand how brains learn new things, and I
use this knowledge to learn more efficiently myself21.
The greatest high in life is the act of creation. My skills are aligned to bring science
and engineering together in acts of artistic creation. I’ve years of experience with
graphics, visuals, 3D animations, interactive educational material, cellular automata,
data streams, etc. I have decades of technical experience and a passion for
discovery and creation. I’m looking for like-minded people to work with on new
1 A reference to David Allen's GTD methodology.
2 In the order I learned them:
Python. I'm most comfortable with
3 Either through the USAF, or SAIC, I worked for the 72nd Test & Evaluation Squadron at Whiteman AFB, MO.
4 The software was called Suppressor, it was written in FORTRAN, and I dare you to download the PDF manual, it will scare the shit out of you.
5 I have recently been live-streaming my company's research meetings on Twitch.
7 I have worked for Numenta since 2012 when I was hired as a Principle Software Engineer to work on their frontend.
8 Watch me introduce NuPIC to the open source world at OSCON 2013.
9 As Numenta's Community Manager, I foster a wonderful community of brain enthusiasts at HTM Forum.
10 I planned and executed the following hackathons:
2013 Fall Hackathon,
2014 Spring Hackathon,
2014 Fall Hackathon,
2015 Spring Hackathon,
2015 HTM Challenge
11 Theories from the commmunity are implemented in the HTM Community Github.
12 An example of technical leadership, here I am explaining the high-level vision of a 2D object recognition project.
13 HTM is complicated. So I created the HTM School video series on YouTube that explains Numenta's brain theory from the ground up.
14 My Strange Loop 2012 presentation called Humanity 2.0.
15 I have spoken at a ton of meetups, conferences, and events. Here is my latest from a UCSC Silicon Valley Extension AGI Meetup, called The Biological Path Toward AGI.
16 I like to experiment with different things. I try new media formats, communication tools, and processes. Here is a thought experiment about attractor landscapes in visual cortex, and another about identity and knowledge transfer.
17 I want to understand science and technology deeply. Here's me leading a Numenta Research Meeting to investigate an interesting neuroscience paper referred by the HTM community.
18 The World as a Temporal Data Stream: InfluxDB / HTM
19 Yes, I even live stream on Twitch.
20 Currently, I'm really interested in innovations in Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in the crypto currency spaces.
21 You can understand a lot about brains and learning once you get that Movement is Time.