Peter J. Wasilko, Esq. is an Attorney, Programmer, and Independent Scholar residing in Ossining, New York (one of the historic river towns overlooking the Hudson an hour North of New York City).
He holds a J.D., LL.M., and Certificate in Law, Technology, and Management from Syracuse University’s College of Law and a B.A. magna cum laude from the University at Albany with a major in Political Science and a minor in History.
He is admitted to practice law in New York State and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Intellectual Property Section.
In Law, his interests center on Intellectual Property, High Tech Startups, the Nonprofit Sector, Computational Law, and Law and AI. He closely follows the work of Code X and the Law and Technology Initiative at Northwestern and attends Bucerius Legal Tech Essentials and Law School 2.0 events.
He has published book chapters on “Law, Architecture, Gameplay, and Marketing” and “Beyond Compliance: Understanding the Legal Aspects of Information System Administration” and a New York State Bar Association Journal piece on “Using the Free LaTeX Typesetting System in Your Small to Midsized Practice”.
On the Computing side, he maintains memberships in the ACM, IEEE Computer Society, and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
His primary technical interests are Hypertext, Intelligence Augmentation, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Symbolic AI, Law and AI, and Programming Language Design. He is a core member and contributor to Frode Hegland’s The Future of Text Lab, Books, and Symposia. He is also a member of the Tinderbox user community and can be found at most of its virtual meetups.
His primary programming languages of choice are Imba and Crystal, although he is quite comfortable working in most other languages from LISP to Prolog. He is also a member of the Strumenta domain specific programming languages development community.
His interests beyond computing focus on Foresight and Futures Studies, with an emphasis on University Futures and forays into a wide range of related disciplines ranging from Innovation Studies, Design Futures and Speculative Design; Medieval Universities and Trade Guilds; World’s Fairs and Theme Parks; TechnoCities and Prototype Communities of Tomorrow; Architecture; and Urban Planning.
He is a member of the Foresight in the Present and Envisioning Slack futures studies communities.
From November 22, 2002 to October 1, 2014 he served as Founder, President, Executive Director, Chair of the Board, Treasurer, Chief Technology Officer, Webmaster, and In-House Counsel of The Institute for End User Computing, Inc. — a now dissolved 501(c)(3) nonprofit that had engaged in a broad range of technology integration research that lives on in his current work.
Most recently, he founded Founders’ Quadrangle — an unincorporated association of academics exploring the design space for Universities and Quasi Academic Enterprises of the Future.
He is also an active supporter of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit World’s Fair, Co. which is working to organize the next great World’s Fair mega event.
He curates a massive personal library rivaling many University Departmental holdings and enjoys gardening to balance out all the technology in his life.
He can be found on the web and reached via email, LinkedIn, ORCID iD, and Twitter.