“When I was in college 20 years ago, I was really disturbed by the digitization of our world because I knew that it was going to lead to problems and that people were being blindly optimistic. The trolling, social distancing, misinformation, and abuse of privacy we’ve experienced today were concerns for me back then, and, as a result, I decided right then that my mission in life would be to try and prevent the misuse of technology. I abandoned the electrical engineering degree I was getting, graduated with a psychology degree and immediately applied for the master's in design program my school provided.
I worked for several years in areas where I felt I could make a difference - healthcare and education - but, ultimately, was bothered by how much business and design had put aside questions of ethics and values and focused, instead, on profitability and usability.
Standing on the precipice of a new technological dawn, I feel more passionately than ever that our focus needs to change. We must start courageously defending the idea of virtuous systems, services and products, even if it means putting more substantial profit aside.
The future of humanity and the planet truly depends on us RIGHT NOW and I am fully dedicated to helping our society make the transition for the better.”
Prior to forming Intrinsic, Matt worked for 20 years in a variety of industries helping big corporations implement, hire, scale and operationalize design teams and create innovative new solutions.
He has a master's degree in human-centered design from the Institute of Design, in Chicago, IL.