Erik Stayton is a technologist and technology scholar interested in shaping the future of human relationships to technology by studying and critiquing their past, their present, and conventionally accepted visions of their future. He received his dual-degree Sc.B. from Brown University in physics and English literature. After several years as a designer, programmer, and educational writer, he came to MIT Comparative Media Studies where he completed a master's thesis on automated vehicle technologies and the often unacknowledged complexity and hybridity of automated systems. Now at MIT HASTS, Erik continues his technocultural research on automation and human-machine interaction broadly defined. And he continues to extend his thesis work on automated vehicles at Nissan Research Center - Silicon Valley.
Thesis: Driverless Dreams: Technological Narratives and the Shape of the Automated Car