Orginally, I studied Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, specialized in Human Computer Interaction, AI and mainly neural networks.
This was end of the 80s / beginning of the 90s, which meant: nobody knew how to program neural networks, so I learned programming the d#mn things.
As I found all of that boring after some time (stupid me - I could have been rich by now!), I became a multimedia developer first, then went into gaming and ended up in interactive television - as product manager/owner. Those were the Rock’n Roll times!
We did quite some cool stuff in then, for example interactive movies and VOD long before Netflix. Unfortunately we were waaaaaaaaaaaay too early, so after not getting rich with AI I did not get rich with VOD
Until recently I was a product manager for onboard multi screen streaming stuff, which I did for several years for the cruise ship business.
Here I could play with my passion for travelling, gamification, UI/UX, AI and technology, so that’s cool.
Now I am taking a sabbatical, thinking about what to do next - dividing my time between biking, kayaking, working on on-the-edge streamin/iTV concepts and … giving my bass some love!
Next: not getting rich with before-our-time stuff, but very rich in experience
I’m 53 and lucky (or unlucky) enough to have retired a few years ago.
joined British military in 1987 left 2000, went on to do diplomatic security until 2003 when the Iraq PMC thing started and stayed working out there until 2010. Left there and went on to work in afgan , Libya,Africa etc.
Essentially spent my life driving fast and shooting pew pews
Started at 18 in the US Navy as a Cryptologic Technician mostly working in IT. First duty station was a ship out of Pearl Harbor HI. From there I moved to Naples Italy to work on a 4 star Admiral’s staff (really cool job traveling around Europe in my early 20’s). San Diego CA after that working at an Intel training center, then Fayetteville NC working at a joint service command. I got to see the beautiful sights in Afghanistan and shoot at things. I got out after that and I’ve been doing IT for a couple of different agencies with the Department of the Interior since then.
A lot of stuff that I’ll never be able to talk about. Keeping it really general, stuff like signal collection and analysis, computer network attack / defense, there’s a whole branch that are linguists.
I was with USGS in Denver for 5 years and I’ve been with a small agency that’s responsible for regulating and auditing Oil and Gas companies to make sure they’re paying the royalties that they’re supposed to on federal and tribal lands for a decade now.