Reno J. Tibke
AkihabaraNews.com Editor & Content Curator
Reno is a generalist researcher and commentator on robotics, cybernetics, non-biological intelligence, transhumanism, and the social & economic dynamics of large-scale technology investment. And other stuff he finds important or just, you know, cool.
In early 2011, sincerely dissatisfied with the ferociously mediocre, ever-standardizing, ever-sublinked and overwhelmingly beige personality of contemporary tech journalism, Reno created digital Technosnark bullhorn Anthrobotic.com. A litany of previously spoken-word technological diatribes limited to the ears of kind and patient friends thereby became written; a few hundred posts later, in the spring of 2013, he joined Akihabara News as a contributing writer. In September 2013, took his current role with the site.
Japanese Robotics (weekly)
Japanese Technology from the Future Friday (weekly)
Reno draws on a education in social science, computer science, Japanese language & culture, and visual design. Channeling a lifelong, near-pathological obsession with technology and a professional background in intercultural education & communication, he works to span the divide between average technologically curious to moderately dorky citizens on one end - academics, super-specialized journalists, engineers, scientists, and creators on the other. He's a medium, a translator, a practical bridge between the tribes - everyman enough to talk to the people, tech enough to hobnob with the geek elite.
His technological middle-manning is served up with a healthy dose of irreverence and levity, and his work is a sincere, blunt, and occasionally silly discourse, or, as he prefers: “It's sorta oddly punctuated, expository technosnark with both a superiority complex and a heart.” Reno is passionate about getting his foot in the door with a dose of humor, and then providing entertaining, responsible, and informed coverage of sophisticated technologies and their social impact.
Reno’s influences include ethnographic sociology, academic reporting, Freakonomics, Carl Sagan, Kurzweilian Logic, stand-up comedy, being just old enough to remember life before the internet, and childhood access to his grandmother’s extensive collection of sci-fi literature.
Somewhat traumatized by 10-plus years of professional English proofreading and editing, Reno now spends the bulk of his free time composing intentionally run-on sentences, supporting the pro-semicolon lobby, and just kind of making up punctuation.