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About me:

Declan McCullagh is an entrepreneur, writer, and software developer.

Declan is the co-founder and CEO of Recent Media Inc., a Silicon Valley startup that aims to transform mobile news reading through artificial intelligence.

Declan has worked at Wired, CNET, CBS, and Time as an award-winning technology writer and columnist. He has spoken at universities including Stanford, MIT, the University of Chicago, and Berkeley, and has been interviewed by all major broadcast TV and cable news networks. He is the founder of Politech and has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University and American University.

Declan has written about technology for Playboy and the Wall Street Journal and about disruptive entrepreneurs in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He has advised the CSI: New York television show on technical accuracy.

He lives with his wife and two young boys on the San Francisco peninsula.

What I'm doing now:

I've worked as a software developer. I've worked as a technology journalist. The wonderful thing about Recent is that I get to merge the two.

I created an early news search engine called Rocketbot over a decade ago -- and I've wanted to apply artificial intelligence techniques to news personalization ever since. In 2004, Reason magazine invited me to write a cover story about personalization, privacy, and large data sets; we predicted "hyper-individualized publications that will be assembled for an audience of one: you."

Unfortunately it was simply too expensive to build those hyper-individualized publications in 2004: machine learning and natural language processing were prohibitively expensive at scale. In 2015, however, processing costs have fallen enough to make it possible to build Recent. Please sign up for Recent and let me know what you think!

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Declan McCullagh is a photographer who lives and works in San Francisco, California. His images are available for licensing and for purchase as signed custom prints.

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