I've become a huge fan of Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York. It is a masterpiece of modern media, one of the first true works of literature to be truly "of" the Internet. Every day, I see real people on the HoNY Instagram feed: their faces, their unique stories, and I am made more insightful, more caring, and more open to the range of human experience as a result of what I have seen. It is simple, adapted to the news feed metaphor of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but also builds up into a single integrated work of art (which has, among other things, been turned into several NY Times Bestselling books). Brandon captures moments with people he meets walking around New York City and on his holidays (this summer, Pakistan and Iran!!).
What we want to do in Humans of Tech is to focus on people who are building technology, or who are consuming it in new ways. Increasingly, the modern world is infused with tech, and I want to explore the ways that we create and are shaped by the tools we use. The people in the stories are anonymous, just like in HoNY, but you may recognize some of them, because the creators of new technologies are today's "rock stars." But many are ordinary people.
Unlike Brandon, who is a brilliant photographer and interviewer who walks the streets to find his subjects, we have crowdsourced many of these stories - walking the streets of the internet rather than the streets of New York, so to speak.
We also want to let you learn more about the technologies that appear in the pictures and stories, so some of the stories link to online material that will help you learn more about the technology that makes us all Humans of Tech