Ross Goodwin is a data poet, an artist, creative technologist, hacker, gonzo data scientist, and a former White House ghostwriter. Goodwin employs machine learning, natural language processing (NLP) & generation (NLG), physical computing, and other technologies to realize new forms and interfaces for writing.
Goodwin’s projects and collaborations have earned international attention: from word.camera, a camera that expressively narrates its photographs in real time using artificial neural networks (web app + installations, 2015-present), to SUNSPRING, the world's first film created from an AI-written screenplay (2016 short film, directed by Oscar Sharp, starring Thomas Middleditch); from making London’s Trafalgar Square lions roar poetry (2018, Please Feed The Lions with Es Devlin), to writing a novel with a car (2017-2018, 1 the Road), to co-creating the lyrics for the Grammy-nominated album Chain Tripping by YACHT.
Working outside traditional arts funding models, Goodwin has received sponsorship from large technology companies like Google and AT&T, media companies like iHeart and BuzzFeed, news outlets like The Economist and Univision, academic institutions like Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and fashion houses like Rag & Bone. However, Goodwin also has produced significant volumes of indepedent creative work directly from his personal studio: prototyping original ideas rapidly on limited budgets, and sharing results in real time both online and physically.
Although he began his B.S. degree in Physics in 2005-2006, and despite working full-time on the 2008 Obama campaign and 2008-2009 Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team as a ghostwriter and completing numerous other internships along with extracurricular commitments, Goodwin earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in May 2009. His first job after graduation was a Presidential Writer position at The White House, where he wrote nearly 100 Presidential Proclamations. After next working at the U.S. Treasury Department on financial regulatory reform, Goodwin learned computer code, then gravitated immediately to natural language processing, natural language generation, and computational creative writing. He earned his graduate degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program a.k.a. ITP at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in May 2016.
Winner of the 2018 IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling as well as Columbia University's Digital Dozen Breakthroughs in Storytelling Award for 2019, Goodwin has exhibited work &/or spoken at Ars Electronica, London Design Festival, NYC Fashion Week, Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Lions, SXSW, the Barbican, the London Science Museum, the V&A Museum, the Serpentine Galleries, Science Gallery International, the World Economic Forum, the TriBeCa Film Festival Interactive Showcase, the International Center of Photography, AT&T Shape, TEDxBoston, MLconf, IDFA DocLab, Vivid Sydney, Phi Centre, Gray Area, the MIT Media Lab, Columbia University Teacher’s College, Zurich University of the Arts, Maker Faire, Future of Storytelling, GitHub Universe, Strange Loop, GOTO Chicago, Series Mania, the NeurIPS machine learning conference, STATE Festival, Retune Festival, Molasses Books, and other venues.
Goodwin and his work have been featured in The Atlantic, WIRED [II], Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The New York Post, Vogue, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal [II,III], Le Monde [II,III], The London Times, TimeOut, NPR, Marketplace, BBC Culture, CBS News, The Financial Times [II,III], Popular Science, The Irish Times [II,III], El Pais, La Segunda, Het Financieele Dagblad, NewsTalkFM (Ireland), RTE Radio Ireland, CBC Radio Canada [II], ABC Radio Australia, Deutschlandradio, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, The Daily Mail [II,III,IV,V], Ars Technica [II,III], The Verge [II,III], VICE [II,III,IV,V, VI,VII,VIII,IX,X], Usbek & Rica, France Culture [II], Les Échos, Image & Narrative, Le Figaro, Technology Review, Radio Télévision Suisse, canal+, arte, franceinfo, Gizmoto [II,III], Engadget, CNET [II], Forbes, SLATE, FiveThirtyEight, Mental Floss, BOMB Magazine, MSN, Fast Company, Filmmaker Magazine, Dim The House Lights [II,III], The Huffington Post, The Caret, The Art Newspaper (France), Digital Information World [II], AdWeek, Singularity Hub [II], Mashable, Fusion [II,III,IV,V,VI,VII], Quartz, PetaPixel, Cool Hunting, Uses This, A.V. Club, IndieWire, La Repubblica, Der Spiegel, TechCrunch (Japan), Yahoo News, The Korea Times, BoingBoing, Vox, Mic, CineFiles, Bustle, Express (UK), The Mary Sue, The Quint, Futurism, 9 News Australia, International Business Times, BigThink, Digital Spy, Kill Screen, Inquisitr, Inquirer.net, Gear Patrol, Inverse, New Atlas, Collider, HYPEBEAST, The Next Web, The Drive, Sputnik News, comicbook.com, SYFY Wire, BGR, catch news, Silicon Republic, the New York Times Metro Section, and other publications.
P.P.S. Here is a list of questions that have fascinated Ross since 2014, presented in no particular order:
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