Neuroscientist Bradley Voytek is Bringing the Silicon Valley Ethos into Academia
This was part of their "Working The Edge" series.
Recently Forbes managing editor Bruce Upbin put out a call for "Edge Thinkers":
Forbes just launched a new section on our Tech channel to showcase intriguing people operating at the fringes of science, business, education, government, healthcare and the arts. It’s called Working The Edge. It’s a way to cover the kinds of people who innovate by merging seemingly unrelated disciplines. The kinds of people with three degrees, or else are entirely self-taught. They are the associative thinkers mixing biology and architecture, chemistry and marketing, charity and capitalism, Shakespeare and data mining, and food and physics. They’re not superheroes or brainiacs, just ordinary people who work hard and passionately at exploring a big new idea. Okay, sometimes they’re brainiacs.
Last week I got an email from Forbes writer Alex Knapp (who writes the Robot Overlords blog) saying that my name was on their list.
A few days later we did an hour-long phone interview.
We talked about zombies (of course), Uber and my "startup sabbatical", my TEDxBerkeley talk about my grandfather's Parkinsonism, brainSCANr, my PhD research, and how my wife can kick my ass at writing code.
It was a lot of fun (though it did hit some of my "what the hell am I doing?" anxiety buttons) and, I think, a good interview.
So yeah, check it out.