Computer History Museum Visit

IMG_0044To be able to be where the foundations of the computer revolution was made is such an honor. The technological world as we know it today was pretty much invented here, created here and manufactured here.

As you arrive at the museum, you see the future, being used in the present time – the Tesla Recharging Stations. Electric cars have made it to stores and very very soon, self-driving cars will also be available for general use. The future is arriving faster and faster.

During our guided visit, we were asked to choose a person we knew well and look/experience the museum as they would – as a learner – so that we could then reflect upon how we could make the experience better.

I was thinking of my father since he’s always fascinated with how fast things are advancing and how humans are able to discover new things and build upon them. Here are my thoughts:

  1. Noise – the museum is quite noisy and there were several other groups being led by the staff making it quite hard to hear what our guide was saying.
    • An App could solve that – you connect to your guide’s audio and put on your headphones. Along with that, the App could show relevant and additional information about what we were looking at.
  2. Interactivity – or the lack of it – I felt there was too much reading to be done and very few charts, diagrams, animations or videos explaining what we were seeing
    • I would suggest quick videos demonstrating the computers in action, showing what they were meant to do or even touch screens to simulate use, speed or any other characteristic of the machine.
    • For each area I would also create some introductory content to help contextualize what the visitor is about to see. For those with little knowledge about the history and evolution of computers, most of it might seem meaningless; they might not able to appreciate the impact and importance of what is being displayed.
  3. Software – we are all now very familiar with Apps, user interfaces and so on… I felt that there was little towards showing how the old computer’s screens looked like, presented information and accepted user input.
    • I believe that would’ve made the experience a lot more informative as well as showing just how much the UI and UX has evolved.

Compass Exercise – first homework!

We were asked to fill out the Compass Exercise, meant to give out a little information about ourselves, our past experiences and goals for this year. The content of this document is expected to change during the year as we progress in this great journey. Here’s mine:

Past Trajectory

American school in São Paulo: 6 yrs -> British School in Milan: 1 yr ->
British School in São Paulo: 5 yrs -> Industrial & Mgmt Eng. at RPI: 4 yrs ->
Software consultant at AMS, NYC: 2 yrs -> Sailboat Miami to Ilha Bela, Brazil: 1 yr ->
WAP project manager at Zip.Net / Telesp Celular in São Paulo: 2 yrs ->
VAS Coordinator at Oi, Rio de Janeiro: 2 yrs -> Video Editing in Rio de Janeiro: 1 yr -> Brazilian Director, São Paulo: 4 yrs -> Masters at ITP, NYU: 2 yrs ->
Founded Interactive Arts Institute, São Paulo: 6 yrs

Career Aspirations 

I am torn between pursuing something new here in the US and going back to Brasil to expand my school. I am tending strongly towards staying here and manage the school remotely. Hopefully I’d be able to apply what I learn here to grow and expand the business but I know that  if I do not get a business partner, it might be hard to take it to the next level.

I’ve always wanted to apply new educational methods, technologies and techniques to the courses we offer but the software development side of the business always stole all of my attention. I also never felt that I had enough understanding about teaching, learning and the available technologies for education to be able to implement something interesting. I did not want to simply publish videos online and sell them. I tried, but I found it hard to get the professors to cooperate in the creation of the content.

So my main aspiration is to understand what tools I could use to facilitate educational content publication. Not only making easier tools for teachers, but also coaching them throughout the process, prompting them for more content and making it easy for them to publish content that is both interesting and easily referred to later on, depending on the student’s preferred learning style. So I guess my ideal job would be at a company who develop CMSs, LMSs and other tools and mechanisms for the purpose of making it easier to share knowledge across the world.

Goals for 2015 – 2016

  1. Learn the lay of the land – understand what technologies are available, what has been done, tested, failed or is succeeding, and what kind of jobs and opportunities exist in this field
  2. Network: meet as many people as possible from all fields to find out what kind of jobs are out there, what people are doing and who could I potentially work with in the future
  3. California lifestyle: get back in shape, stay healthy, eat well and get the most of what California has to offer.
  4. Be a sponge: absorb the most information possible, learn about topics I have never heard of and listen… and listen… and learn.

Stanford – here we go!


So we are finally here… it was long year in the making… preparing my school to work without me, leaving everything behind and in order was tough but now it’s done!

We arrived on the 10th of Sept and I must say that all my expectations have been surpassed… we were worried about the off-campus subsidized housing we were going to get but upon arrival we realized we were completely wrong – the apt is amazing…

School is amazing – apart from the fact that is absolutely gorgeous – everyone you meet is interesting, interested, happy and honored to be here.

The food is unbelievably fresh, organic and tasteful!

It’s going to be a hell of a ride!!