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Jul 30 2013

Mark Battersby joins MojoTech

Hi, I’m Mark.

I started at MojoTech a few weeks ago, and I’m excited to be a part of this team. I’ve known a handful of MojoTech employees for some time now, and it’s great to be working with so many nice, interesting, funny, good looking people, and Sam.

I grew up in and around Providence, and I currently live on the lovely East Side where I’m happy to report I’ve been robbed infinitely fewer times than on the West End.

I went to high school in Warwick, and during my time there I met a young man who was into the same weird, obscure music as me (hipster before it was cool). This was MojoTech developer Will Farrell. We’ve been playing music and working together on and off since then.

Having done exemplary work in high school, I decided to take my talents to Community College. I eventually transferred to the University of Rhode Island and enrolled in the psychology program there. By my third year I found myself disillusioned with psychology. In hindsight, I realize now that my interests have always lain more along the lines of neurobiology than psychology. So I got my degree in psychology and promptly did nothing with it.

At that time, the breadth of my programming experience was limited to some Ultima Online macros that I wrote when I was 14. I worked on scripts to make my character automatically mine for iron and gold all night while I slept – you know, fun.

Despite this slight lack of experience, I took a job as a computer programmer at a large medical software company, and I learned to program there. As I did, I found it very rewarding. Although this job primarily consisted of older technologies and proprietary programming languages, I was able to learn many of the more modern languages on the side, and this only intensified my newfound passion for programming.

I’m still fascinated by psychology and neurology, and this makes me especially interested in artificial intelligence, evolutionary computation, neural networks, and machine learning. I love McLuhan, McKenna and Kurzweil’s takes on the future of humanity and computers, and I can’t wait to see what the next 15 years will hold. Hopefully mass-market neural implants.

It’s exciting to be working with interesting technologies and interesting people. For months I’ve been adding Call Me Maybe, Harlem Shake, and We Can’t Stop to MojoTech’s Friday Soundrop playlists. It’s nice to finally be here when they come on.

—Mark Battersby