Why did it take 30 years of collaborative research before I start to deploy my ORGs in the society?
Before providing my answer, here’s a little history.
Started experiment with electricity at age 9 building a electric robot mostly made of cardboard. Also at age 9, started working for my father printing serial numbers on his commerce loyalty program banknotes like coupons. At 10, started my own family scale banking service and cursive writing newspaper to entertain and to suck up family members money. From age 10 to 13, experimented with electronics, building intercoms and very basic arcade machines. During this time frame, I also experimented with chemistry, making hydrogen and having it explode, assembling and launching miniature rockets. Used wood to build engineless cars for kids. Used snow to build forts, tunnels and slides for kids. Had my first pay check ever at age 13 from Sunbeam Corporation Canada for converting cursive writing to non-cursive writing so the Toronto computers could successfully scan all Sunbeam Quebec City branch invoices. Bought my first computer at age 13 to write video games and multimedia software all in basic with a little assembly language. The most interesting non-video game applications I developed were a banking app and a voice recognition app combined to some electronics to automatically answer and reply to incoming phone calls. Really loved the biology, mathematics, chemistry and physics during high school. Was reproducing biology and chemistry experiments at home. Was reusing mathematics and physics in the computer programs I was writing. Discovered Fortran language in College while specializing in natural sciences. Studied physics and mathematics at the university to discover nuclear physics, astrophysics, lasers and optics. In the course of the major, kept writing scientific computer programs in Basic, Pascal, Fortran and C languages for a dozen university professors on mainframes and personal computers. In this time frame, the two most interesting applications I wrote were a galaxy simulation software and a graphical simulation software for simulating physics experiments I called InMotion.
Finally made it to the MIT in Cambridge Massachussetts at age 21 knocking on the office door of the astrophysics professor most likely to hire me. This professor was searching the sky, using world largest telescopes, to find flares, spontaneous astronomical events. Since I had previously worked two consecutive summers also looking for flares in the sky using a liquid mirror telescope in Quebec City, he recruited me but without a pay check, instead, I got course credits from my home university for this work experience at the MIT Center for Space Research doing astrophysics building a CCD camera for flare observation. These astrophysicists at MIT were building their own UNIX-based computers and building their own digital cameras. I was impressed.
My brother and I initiated Offworld Art, his division, and Offworld Research, my division, when we were in Boston back in 1987. We used Offworld name because of the Blade Runner movie (LA in 2019). I was an exchange student at UMASS Boston for one year in the physics department. I was personally highly motivated into creating a company, like Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner movie, for developing artificial intelligence and robotics. At that time, I thought that the revenues generated by the software I developed would provide funds for creating art, because I presumed software was easy to sell.
While doing a master degree in physics studying chaos, integrating various fractal algorithms and developing a C GUI on Sun Microsystems SPARC Stations, I created Offpub Publishing International in Quebec City, Canada back in fall 1989 with the mission of publishing great music compositions. I was seeking to build a catalogue of music works from multiple authors, but between 1989 and 1992, I was exclusively publishing the music works of my brother Carl Poirier. I was using Steven Richards as my music publisher nickname and using Steve Boxx as my video producer nickname.
I produced many experimental music concerts in Quebec City in order to promote the music of my brother, I thought we could produce 20 concerts a month to cash 20K a month and profit from the Offworld Art division.
I had to legally fight for Socan to give us our royalties on time so we could develop our business. Got our first 50K check from Socan, for two months of music concerts, without going to court but with a legal fight. I have been very upfront describing my business plan to Socan. In this time frame, at a Socan Toronto meeting, Carl and I had the same voting power as Celine Dion, Gowan, etc. We had the maximum voting power just like these music records selling stars.
But in 1991, Socan retroactively changed its bylaw for distributing royalties and thereby was shutting us down. Pressured by the successful records selling Socan members, Socan decided they were not encouraging the diffusion of experimental music anymore.
My brother and I stopped the production of experimental music concerts.
In 1992, the science of Geographic Information Systems, Geomatics, was emerging in Quebec City. This field consisting in the science of remotely sensing our planet in order to improve the maps we make of it, interested me so much. It was very close to the field of robotic machine vision, I thought. Only Geomatics in 1992 then, was the science of looking at the earth to service military forces and governments as well as service natural resource industries better and better eventually. I dived into this field of research, worked for researchers at the CRG in Quebec City, enrolled to a Ph.D. in 1994 in Remote Sensing and incorporated my company to fully own what I would develop in the Ph.D. to emerge with OIFII interactive software application to automate the process of creating forest maps for goverments as well as to emerge with OAIE artificial intelligence environment and to emerge with OVB artificial intelligence core library in 2000.
I am so grateful to all my three Ph.D. thesis directors at the time, I learned forest applications with one, voronoi diagram applications with a second and artificial intelligence with the third.
I loved so much AI, the future of computer sciences, and Voronoi tessellations, the vectorial generalization of matrices and tensors, it was directly aligned with the 1987 Offworld Research and Offworld Software objective to implement robots in reallity.
But things got salty in 1997.
In summer 1997, Laval University lawyers were also interested to see Offworld Technologies Corporation’s source code to see if my Voronoi software library had been derived from Dr. Chris Gold code. I had incorporated Offworld Technologies Corporation in 1995 in Ottawa Canada while doing a Ph.D. In Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing at Laval University. So, I opened my source code to the Laval University lawyers and they understood I had developed my voronoi software library independently from Dr. Chris Gold, one of my three doctoral advisors at the time. In fact, my voronoi software library was developed on top of a set of Delaunay related C software functions that Redouane Mahmoudi, from Algeria, freely gave to me. He has enabled Offworld Technologies Corporation to develop its own voronoi software library and I will never thank him enough for that.
In summer 1997, Laval University also kicked me out of the Ph.D. Program, so I sticked to my long time dream of making it to California. Went three weeks to Silicon Valley looking for a job presenting myself as Offworld Technologies Corporation’s CEO in my resume. Got approximately 50 interviews and a few job offers but did not yet accept any. Once back in Canada, my phone kept ringing and companies like ESRI and Compact Computers flew me in for interviews. I had to turn their offers down because nor Houston Texas nor Redlands California interested me. Aside from a job, I needed a beach, the ocean, dolphins and palm trees.
In fall 1997, I was so happy to finally discover Santa Barbara and work at ISERA GROUP INC. in Goleta California. Thanks to ESRI who flew me in Southern California. Without ESRI, I would have never found ISERA GROUP INC.
In fall 1997, there was also the mother of my daughter suing me since she heard about the figures I was making in California. I tried to have shared custody but the family court judge ruled against me. The complainant’s lawyer was presenting me, Offworld Technologies Corporation’s founder, as an eccentric and delusional since I had secured so many different names and trademarks for Offworld Technologies Corporation. For one trademark, I had secure Offworld Virtual Being. The judge, the lawyers and the mother of my daughter did not have faith in Offworld Technologies Corporation. For them, I wanted to be involved in too many types of businesses. Books, Audio, Video, Software, Artificial Intelligence, Mapping for Governments, etc. I guess, a little like Howard Hughes, who wanted to do great Art and great Engineering, or a little like John Nash, who wanted to do great Research, I wanted to do too much too fast. I was fuelling my rocket.
For further details about my time in Southern California, read http://oifii.org/ha-org/2017/09/28/cheers-to-hefners-quote-today-on-playboy-com/
For further details about my return to Canada, in Quebec City, Sherbrooke and Montreal, read the last portion of this blog post http://oifii.org/ha-org/2017/10/03/it-takes-many-years-to-fuel-a-rocket-but-only-one-minute-to-launch/
In early 2017, in retrospective of what I had done in Canada for the past 16 years, seeking to automate the process of producing music tracks along with the process of generating video and digital art, I realized that I now had all the technology ready and started to produce Vorotrans Art images and Vorotrans Art videos.
In the spring 2017, I also worked for Dr. Benoit St-Onge, a professor in the geography department at UQAM in Montreal, and I discovered forests were now being scanned with high resolution airborne Lidar and that the drones, equipped with digital cameras, were also getting very popular in replacing ground forest parcels surveys.
And finally, later in fall 2017, at the era of Block Chain technology and Artificial Intelligence, I decided to adopt a for-profit business model and give it another shot at launching my Arts and Science AI business. I was back on my long time dream path and finally I would have complete faith in the future that I wanted to share with my two children. That empowered me greatly. I now feel clear and can communicate efficiently.
In the past 30 years, I can say I spiked a few times but was never able to fully well finance my projects. During my whole career, I always did two things at once, like two full-time jobs at once, while studying or working for a university, a government researcher, military schools or private company, I would always carry my dream, pushing hard for developing a software development company of my own. In these past 30 years, I successively had the career of a Computer Graphic Artist, Booking Agent (for my brother the music composer), Music Concerts Producer, Music Publisher, Video Producer, Physics Master Student, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Geomatics Ph.D. Student, Founder of Offworld Technologies Corporation (in 1995), Geomatics Ph.D. Dropout (in 1997), Senior Software Consultant, Founder of Naked Software Inc. (in 1999) and founder of Human Aware Corporation (in 2000). After 16 years of developing open source audio, video and geographic software apps. Only now in fall 2017, I may finally succeed in raising sufficient funds. OK, we are in the Block Chain era and also the Artificial Intelligence era, so my long time dream project becomes highly feasible now days, but I also understood in 2017, at a time where I was able to generate art from my software, that software development was not easier to fund that art creation, also I understood that my time doing research is over and that it is finally my time to reinsert myself into the economy and simply sell. Now that I figured out my personal purpose and finally realized the exact purpose for my non-profit HumanAware.ORG so it is good for the society. All I have to do now is communicate, communicate, communicate and sell, sell sell, that is all.
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