Why we exist

Free Machine is working toward an automated future that benefits everyone. Political change begins with cultural change, and Free Machine believes that storytelling is one of the most critical tools for shaping culture and enacting the socioeconomic progress we wish to see.

At Free Machine, we aren’t the engineers writing the code or the scientists tweaking the molecules. We’re artists, educators, designers, and wonks here to help solve the other big problem: the sociopolitical one. We work to engage and challenge the public to collectively imagine possible futures where the fruits of emergent technologies are democratically owned and regulated.

Our advisors

We’re enlisting a diverse group of bright minds to support and challenge us along the way.

Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist and journalist — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of many books, most recently WALKAWAY, a novel for adults, IN REAL LIFE, a graphic novel; INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE, a book about earning a living in the Internet age, and HOMELAND, a YA sequel to LITTLE BROTHER.
Cory Doctorow
Marina Gorbis
Marina Gorbis is a futurist and social scientist who serves as executive director to the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a Silicon Valley nonprofit research and consulting organization. In her 19 years with IFTF, Marina has brought a futures perspective to hundreds of organizations in business, education, government and philanthropy to improve innovation capacity, develop strategies, and design new products and services.
Marina Gorbis
Mina J Hanna
Mina J Hanna is a senior software consultant at Synopsys, Inc., the current Chair of the IEEE-USA Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Policy Committee, the current Vice Chair of the IEEE-USA Research and Development Policy Committee and the Chair of the IEEE Central Texas Section Government Relations, Policy and Regulations Committee.
Mina J Hanna

Our team

We are a collective of pragmatic idealists based in Los Angeles.

Ben Gansky
Ben Gansky translates complex concepts into imaginative, accessible, and emotionally-rich experiences. Drawing on his background in community organizing, game design, theatre, critical theory, and media production, Gansky conceives, designs, and operates projects and programs that vivify the intersection of emerging technologies, progressive politics, and culture. He holds an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.
Ben Gansky
James Kaelan
James Kaelan is a writer, director, and producer. His VR narratives have shown at Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes and AFI FEST, among others—and have been featured in publications from VICE to The New Yorker. His films have played from Poland to Park City, and he served as editor of the film culture print magazines BRIGHT IDEAS and MovieMaker. His first novel, We’re Getting On, was a 2010 Poets & Writers pick for "Best Debut Novel."
James Kaelan
Michael Martin
Michael Martin is Free Machine's Director of Public Policy. A city planner by trade, he is currently the Head of Communities at SignalFire, an AI-driven, early-stage venture capital fund. Previously, he managed the AI XPRIZE and led Global Community Relations at the XPRIZE Foundation. He holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. in Political Science from Pace University.
Michael Martin
Veronica Moonhill
Veronica Moonhill is an actress, filmmaker and entrepreneur. She is constantly working to find new ways for people to connect to one another, and create the opportunity for a shift in perspective. Having trained in theater, she is most interested in finding a way for this ancient art form to transform and join with digital media technology to create bold new forms and mediums.
Veronica Moonhill
Colleen Pulawski
Colleen Pulawski is a food systems advocate, chef, and artist. She cooks privately across LA and serves with organizations that address food justice, waste, and sustainability, including LA Kitchen, where she also works as the Garden Steward. Colleen is formally trained as an actor and collaborative creator and received her BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University.
Colleen Pulawski
Max Silverman
Max Silverman is a product leader, creative producer and photographer. He is a co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Seed&Spark, a crowdsourced film & TV studio. He's also the author of Capitalism is a Myth, a bi-monthly newsletter that examines our current socioeconomic system from alternative perspectives. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Northwestern University.
Max Silverman
Blessing Yen
Blessing Yen is a designer, producer and director. Along with her partner, James Kaelan, she has co-directed and produced, amongst other works, the VR narrative "The Visitor" (Slamdance '16, SFIFF '16, AFI FEST '16) and the feature film, EEL (AFF Wroclaw '14, Sarasota '15). She currently teaches Design for User Experience at USC, and serves as Chief Design Officer for the crowdfunding and streaming platform, Seed&Spark.
Blessing Yen
We'd love to hear from you. Email us at info@freemachine.org with questions and feedback.