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 Silicon Valley, all related to high-speed fiber optics communications. I have over 60 U.S. patents and published over 100 refereed 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 downhill from there.

My very well equipped basement lab, which was originally dedicated to serious startup work, is now put to good use for the R2-D2 build and vintage computers and test equipment restorations. Which is an 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 tech today. We all build on top of the work of our illustrious predecessors. How did all the technology we take for granted came to be? You'll be a far better inventor if you take the time to be a thorough student of the inventions of your predecessors. Even better, through this work, I often get the privilege to actually meet the very inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs that built the exceptional machines I like to restore.

As you'll quickly realize, I have a particular liking for highly engineered, tour-de-force pieces that represent the best of their time and could not be easily replicated today. The more clever, inventive and contrived the better. In my choice of pieces, I also pay particular attention to the intrinsic beauty of the engineering and design. I want to celebrate engineering so good, it has inadvertently turned into art.