About CuriousMarc

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Hello. I work in a rented lab space under Dr Evil's volcano, where I build robots and restore pieces of vintage tech assisted by my faithful minions.

Well, I wish.

Gizmodo made a funny piece about me that explains it better:

Meet the relentless engineer that brings vintage computers back from the dead

In real life, I am a tech executive in Silicon Valley. I hold a Ph.D. in Opto-Electronics from University of Paris. I am a former Bell Labs researcher, Intel Fellow and founder of several tech startups in the Valley, all related to high-speed fiber optics communications. I have over 60 U.S. patents and published over 100 refereed research papers. In 2009, I started building an R2-D2 robot just for fun. Then in 2015, I became a volunteer at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, working on the IBM 1401 Restoration Team. At the Museum, I met many like-minded tech historians and restorers (in particular Carl Claunch and Ken Shirriff who appear frequently in my videos), and it all went down from there.

I have a very well equipped basement lab, originally dedicated for serious startup work, but which I now put to good use just for fun stuff. Like building R2-D2 and vintage computer restorations. Which is a great outlet for my engineering passion, since they don't let me turn the knobs in the lab at work anymore. Under the pseudonym CuriousMarc, I record and publish these wacky enginerding adventures on YouTube.

I find that working on this old stuff not only teaches me timeless engineering tricks, but also gives me a much better appreciation of what we are doing in the Valley today. How did all the technology we take for granted came to be? You'll be a better modern inventor if you take the time to be a humble and thorough student of your field's history. We all build on top of inventions from our illustrious predecessors. Even better, through this work, I sometimes get the privilege to actually meet the extraordinary inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs that built the exceptional machines I restore.

As you'll quickly realize, I have a particular liking for high-end, over-engineered, breakthrough engineering pieces that could not be replicated today. The more clever and contrived the better. In my choice of pieces, I pay particular attention to the beauty of the engineering and design. I want to celebrate engineering so good, it has inadvertently turned into timeless art.