Kevin Slavin

independent
Brooklyn, NY, United States

About Kevin

Bio

At various times, an artist, an advertising exec, and an entrepreneur. I've lost and made time, money, companies, friends and mistakes with a few good chapters in the story thus far. I love teaching and have never cared much for school. My TED talk about algorithms reflects my passion and interest in the subject, but I have no background or professional interest in math, physics, or economics. No dogs in the hunt, just looking at the world and staying curious. I studied sculpture.

Languages

English, German

TED Conference

TEDGlobal 2011

Areas of Expertise

Urban Computing, Communications, Location Based Services, Location Based Entertainment, Television & Media , Game Design & Development

Comments & conversations

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Kevin Slavin
Posted about 2 years ago
Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world
Ted, thanks, you're right on both counts. I slipped up and said microseconds instead of milliseconds because I was speaking quickly under pressure. I've been surprised no other finance wonks have commented on it! The point you make about the real estate is a yes-and-no, I'd say, in that I was trying to very quickly and simply convey the overall trend. Much of the traffic has moved to dedicated lines, but that's following through on the earlier movement toward the urban hubs to minimize network latency. There's an additional mistake no one's caught -- also just came from speaking quickly, where you can't undo -- I identified Nanex as being in Boston. They're in Chicago.
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Kevin Slavin
Posted almost 3 years ago
Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world
Hi, first off thank you to everyone for watching the talk, and for the thoughtful comments. I wanted to take the opportunity to provide a link to the artist whose work I open and close with: Michael Najjar. His website is at http://www.michaelnajjar.com, and the work I reference is "High Altitude." Najjar was very gracious in allowing me to use the work for the talk, and I recommend looking through the entire High Altitude portfolio. Thanks again Kevin
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Kevin Slavin
Posted over 3 years ago
David Perry: Are games better than life?
I started a game development co six years ago, and whenever I speak about videogames and culture, these are *always* the first questions & comments on the floor. In general, they articulate two interrelated concerns: 1) videogames are wasting everyone's valuable time, turning us into zombies and 2) why can't we use them to do great things instead of wasting all this valuable time? There are answers to these, but the greatest question is why these are always the first set of questions. Underneath these questions are a axioms that I would rather question myself, including: 1) Before videogames, people were deeply productive and thoughtful citizens, and their engagement with the world has been now been corrupted 2) Prior to videogames, other forms of culture -- e.g., novels, cinema, television, theatre, comics, radio, pro sports -- have answered the call effectively, and are responsible for a cohesive sense of positive social goals that games are disrupting. I think before asking those first questions, it's worthwhile questioning the assumptions underneath them.