Ben Byford is a ...
This website is a collection of my articles and essays, design work, publications, talks, art projects and exhibitions, and various code bits.
I have been a freelance web designer since 2009, I am now mostly a freelance AI / ML teacher, speaker and ethicist and tinkerer – in my spare time I make computer games (http://games.tandc.design/). I can be found in Bristol and London.
I have worked on large scale projects as a web designer with companies such as Virgin.com (providing point of contact for technology and design decisions internal at Virgin), medium scale projects with clients including BFI, CEH, Virgin and Virgin unite, as well as having created a myriad of sites for smaller businesses, start ups and creatives' portfolios - see my portfolio here.
I've mostly been a design and front-end guy, with extensive knowledge of other tech and development languages and have previously worked as a mediator between dev teams and clients. I pride myself in being able to successfully cut through the jargon and help technologists and non-tech savy personnel work effectively. As an extension of this I also teach with Decoded who run workshops all over the world.
My public speaking and lecturing blends my insights within AI and ethics, web technologies, and entrepreneurship; focussing on the usage of technology as a tool for innovation and creativity.
I author the Machine Ethics Podcast, which consists of interviews with academics, writers, technologists and business people on the theme of AI and autonomy. I also do talks about Machine Ethics and am in the process of writing a short introduction book into the subject.
I previously co-founded the company Eulergy.com in 2012, a research matchmaking initiative, which blossomed with the extensive efforts of @tigerchops, @CharlotteBRF, @danielebarch, @DaisyJCooper. After 3 years of part-time hard work from all involved, Eulergy as a company stopped trading in 2016. Find more about eulergy here.
Website: html, CSS / LESS / SASS, vanilla JS, Processwire CMS.
Games: Unity / Godot / Phaser, C#, Lua, Python, JS.
ML: Python, JupyterLab, TensorFlow / TensorFlowJS / Keras.
MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, 2010 [Merit] Goldsmiths University.
NESTA / CIDA Insight out course, 2008 short creative entrepreneurial course.
BSc Creative Music and Sound Technology, 2007 [First Class Honours] Leeds Metropolitan University.
A/AS levels in Fine Art, Music Technology, Photography, Electronics, Maths from Cirencester College.