As the Audio Engineer at WSN and a Music Technology student, I deal with technology a lot. I’ve been involved in New York City tech since I went to “Scratch Day,” an event for children interested in programming, when I was in fifth grade. Many years later, I’ve got the battle scars from poor soldering practice, an incredibly backwards sleep schedule and wires all over my floor — so many wires. I love journalism, but hate writing. That’s why I work so hard to edit our weekly podcast. While I’m not creating the content we publish, I’m assisting in the publication process. My role for these stories is kind of similar; while I didn’t write them, I did my best to curate some vignettes that open a window for the not-so-tech-savvy into the terrifying and wonderful world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
These pieces are a minute fraction of what goes on here at NYU. I’ve seen some incredibly smart people do incredible things in tech. If I had all of the time in the world, everyone who passed Data Structures would get their own feature and everyone’s strange proof-of-concept programs and esoteric final projects would get entire spreads dedicated to them. But we’re not Wired — we can’t put Limor Fried on the front cover of our paper. But I can do my best to curate a couple of articles. I hope you like them. I like them, or I wouldn’t be writing this letter. If you get anything from these pieces or this letter, it’s this: if you don’t know if you’re into tech, look into it. If you know you’re not into tech: appreciate your resident weirdo engineer. If you have a friend taking CSO, let them complain to you. They might be running the world one day.