Metaverse Architect in Raleigh, North Carolina
Each morning, Mike daydreams about a utopian future of human-computer interaction, then spends the rest of the day making sure we don’t make a wrong turn down a dystopian alley.
The Open Metaverse Federation looks to envision, architect, and advocate for a collective virtual reality “metaverse” that's open, accessible to everyone, and a safe place for his kids to someday work and play.
Mike’s also quite concerned about the state and trajectory of decision transparency in machine learning systems, especially in safety-critical systems, and he’s doing something about that.
Mike leans on his experience as a game designer, executive producer, lead writer, lead programmer, research professor, industry advocate, and technology executive. He's best known for his decade as the president of Epic Games, makers of the mega-hit Gears of War and Infinity Blade franchises and the award-winning Unreal Engine. Mike has served on the boards of dozens of companies, industry groups, and professional organizations; current roles include Sphero robotics, Autarch tabletop gaming, Lonerider Brewing. Mike's been featured as a technology expert and futurist on multiple documentary series on the Discovery, Military, and Science channels. He started his career with degrees from UNC, MIT, and the Naval Postgraduate School, where he served on the research faculty with a focus on networked virtual reality and simulations.