UIx expert, Clojure architect, remote/LA for movie startup

UIx expert, Clojure architect

You can be anywhere. We are located in Virginia Beach, but the company is likely to settle in Los Angeles. You would be coming in extremely early in the game.

Our startup will build a sort of wikipedia for movies, supporting medium form essays on movies and movie ideas. Differences from W:

– You annotate directly on the film using a unique space-time scrubber. Annotations include purely cinematic attributes.

– External content is interpreted and shown in-line, using a novel ‘outliner.’

– Everything is reactive functions, specified by users via drawing typed links.

– We support ‘situation theory’ (per Barwise and Devlin) using a categoric second sort. (Every user sees something different.)

– Something like OWL will be used for dynamic ontology graph creation, supporting ontological federation.

– We love movies, and use a novel sense of narrative dynamics in reasoning about film and in constructing essays.

– We’ll use Clojure for all the forward components and build a categoric, visual DSL. Some early work (now abandoned) was in Erlang.

– A second use (in a couple years) is multi-system biomedical research.

– We want to do something fun and significant. Maybe we will make someone rich. Maybe us, maybe not.

The project is inspired by work done for the intelligence community by folks that are now disgusted, and determined to repurpose what was invented.

Our current state is that many components are mocked up. Some LA heavyweights are involved. Some patents are granted, others pending. Funding is being sought. We think it better to work on prototype code than fake demos at this point, starting with the scrubber then outliner.

You would help design the overall architecture and code prototype bits. The position is expected to lead to being team leader for one of the components, and one responsibility will be to help build the team.

A downside is that we are inventing as we build. Some things will use simple good engineering principles; others will require new science and creative vision. Many of the UI conventions are experimental and will have to evolve as we go. You probably won’t be able to use an off the shelf framework/stack. It will be hard, hard, hard.

It is possible that a partner may emerge that wants native apps so we’ll have to pivot to include their stinky frameworks. We don’t yet know what the balance will be between contributing open source and keeping things proprietary, but we will do both.

Contact Ted Goranson at tedg then the at sign then alum.MIT then dot then edu.

We will initially send two academic papers: one for the biomedical community and the other on the scrubber for a forthcoming ACM UI conference.

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