Tim Gorichanaz, PhD
Gorichanaz is a philosopher and historian of technology design. His research looks at how new technologies, such as mobile devices, social media and artificial intelligence, change the way we behave as individuals and within society. He has written extensively and teaches about the design decisions that affect how people use and are shaped by technology. He continues to explore the legacy of these decisions through a moral philosophical lens, with a particular interest in how technology can help us to become better people and live fulfilling lives.
His academic research has examined the use of information technology in art, religion sport and many other areas of life. He has also written about his experiences as an ultramarathon runner and how the sport can be used as an exercise in self actualization and an opportunity to better understand aspects of human experience such as focus, attention and repetition.
Gorichanaz has published a book and a number of articles about the relationship between information and attention. His teaching and writing focuses on humanity-centered user experience design, design thinking and ethical analysis. It explores a range of topics related to information theory — including how ubiquitous information access has limited the amount of time people spend on reflection and shortened attention spans, and how visual art forms can deliver information and contribute to moral knowledge.
Gorichanaz completed his doctoral studies in informatics at Drexel University. He holds a master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American linguistic, literary and cultural studies, and an undergraduate degree in advertising and Spanish. He is also a fluent Spanish speaker.