has been fascinated by science fiction and the future
since the first grade, when he read
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom
Planet by Eleanor Cameron. He reread it several times throughout
elementary school, and years later was disappointed to discover that
there were actually many sequels the school library didn’t
While a student at the University of Michigan he spent a summer working at Arcosanti, helping build what he hoped would become a model for cities of the future. After graduation he had a career in publishing, and pursued his futurist interests as an early member of the L5 Society. For years he was Associate Publisher of Gnosis Magazine, and in the late 1990s began doing web and new media work for many clients.
In 2009 and 2010 he was Managing Editor of h+ Magazine, and finally able to write and edit professionally about science, technology, and the future. A number of his h+ pieces got noticed by major websites such as Slashdot, Wired, and Instapundit.
His current futurological focus involves looking at past visions of the future, especially the ways in which technological advances have often produced unanticipated side effects instead of the expected benefits.
Jay authored Top Five Cautions for Futurists, Does This Headline Know You’re Reading It?, Every Tree is a Quantum Mechanic, Quantum Energy Teleportation Breakthrough? Don’t Beam Me Up Yet, More Energy in Less Space with New Ultracapacitor, Three Drug-Delivery Breakthroughs, Get Instant Info on Your Future Friends! Augmented ID with a Smartphone App, and How to Print Living Tissue.
He is Senior Web Developer with Landkamer Partners in San Francisco, webmaster for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, and has a number of other clients. Visit him on Facebook and LinkedIn.