I am currently the Managing Director of a very small Computer Consultancy called PerceptiSys Ltd here in the UK.

As an *engineer*, one of the aims of my little company is to build systems that *think*. That is, systems that are capable of learning about and then reasoning about their *environment*.

As a *mathematician*, I find that I require aspects of n-Category theory to be able to understand what the engineering should do. Basically *systems that think* (aka *Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim’rous beasties* (Robert Burns’ *To a Mouse* November 1785)) need to keep track of how *spacetime* is constructed from finite measurements and the results of past actions.

Given the deep moral implications of this work, another aim of my little company is to create an *open* patent covering as much of this technology as possible. (Any suggestions on how to create *open* patents would be most welcome!)

In my past life I have been, until 1996, an academic (research assistant with various academics) at the University of Warwick’s Mathematics Institute. I obtained my PhD under Anthony Manning in 1992 (for what it is worth, my mathematical genealogy can be found here). When the Berlin wall fell in 1989, there was such a surplus of *superb* Mathematicians in my area, Dynamical Systems, coming from the old Soviet Block countries, that, in 1996, I decided, instead of moving my young family around the world, I would, instead, move into industry.

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