About Alex Taylor

This is a blog most­ly about my work.
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As of Sep­tem­ber 2017, I’ve been part of the Cen­tre for Human Com­put­er Inter­ac­tion Design, at City, Uni­ver­si­ty of London.

In the not so dis­tant past, I’ve put time into inves­ti­gat­ing the rou­tines of every­day life — with a par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on life at home. Trou­bling­ly, per­haps, I’ve shown an unhealthy pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with hoard­ing, dirt, clut­ter and sim­i­lar seem­ing­ly banal sub­ject mat­ter.

More recent­ly, I’ve begun obsess­ing over the entan­gle­ments of com­pu­ta­tion and social life. My mean­der­ings here have tak­en me from the intel­li­gence found in robots and oth­er curi­ous ‘think­ing’ machines, to DIY­bio and more broad­ly the role of algo­rithms in the sci­ences and in ordi­nary life.

Where pos­si­ble, I’ve con­sid­ered these world­ly things along­side the design of the human-machine inter­face. Rather than inform­ing design direct­ly, though, I’ve sought with vary­ing suc­cess to open up the pos­si­bil­i­ties for dif­fer­ent and hope­ful­ly new ways of being with tech­nol­o­gy. A fur­ther aim has been to reflect on the ever emer­gent rela­tions between humans and machines, and to won­der what the unceas­ing devel­op­ments in sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy might mean for being human (and being machines).

My work amounts to a strug­gling through, not to pro­duce defin­i­tive answers but with an eye for the trou­bles and find­ing some­thing vague­ly use­ful to get on with.


I live in Lon­don with my beloved part­ner, two chil­dren and two canine companions.

Yes, a less than sub­tle allu­sion to Don­na Har­away in this blog. She is a guid­ing light.

All opin­ions are my own.

I’ve writ­ten some­thing here, explain­ing my move to acad­e­mia after a 13-year stint in indus­try, at Microsoft Research.