David Britton has been a pioneer in the computer industry for over 40 years. He started in 1979 with a custom software company and a computer retail store featuring the first house brand IBM PC clones in New England. His focus on advanced technology applications made him a sought-after consultant in artificial intelligence, database systems, and networking, with such clients as Blue Cross, DuPont and Lotus Development Corporation. Mr. Britton served as the first Information Systems Director for New York City's then ranking Democratic politician, Public Advocate Mark Green, when the Public Advocate office was created in 1994.
In 1989, impressed by the promise of early multimedia, David developed authoring systems for computer-based interactive videodisc programs and touch-screen business applications. Bringing interactive multimedia authoring into the realm of virtual reality, he developed the software used to create LASCAUX, a virtual reality tour of the prehistoric painted cave in France. In the area of virtual reality art, David works with intermedia artist Jack Ox on an immersive virtual reality project based on Ms. Ox's unique system for visualization of music, currently engaged in developing a multi-site VR visualized musical performance, "Gridjam" (c).
In 1995, David extended his multimedia focus to begin web development, first programming advanced backend database systems for e-commerce sites hosted by AT&T's Downtown Digital project. Then, as Director of Production for NBC.com, he designed and implemented innovative Internet web production technology, creating one of the industry's largest public entertainment web sites.
In the financial sector, David led an engineering task force to restructure the global intranet of investment bank Morgan Stanley. He founded Absolute Reality Corporation to bring his new media expertise to the process of animation systems, designing production technology to create convergence-ready mass-market entertainment.
As V.P. of Technology for Umagic Systems, David created the web production facilities, staffing and operations to bring artificial intelligence to the delivery of expert advice over the Internet. Under his technical leadership as Chief Technology Officer for sputnik7.com, Palm Pictures' Internet site featuring streaming media delivery of anime, film, video and music, the site won the prestigious Webby Award as best music site on the Internet in 2001. From 2004 to 2006 Mr. Britton served as head of technology for the politically progressive online organization TrueMajority.org.
He earned a bachelor's degree in computer programming and psychology at Michigan State University and focused his Ph.D. work at Brandeis University on organizational theory and management information systems.
After the dot-com crash and collapse of the technology sector following the events of 9/11/2001, David returned to school, while continuing to consult on projects of interest. He earned a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at City University of New York in 2017. He is an adjunct faculty member of the psychology department of The City College of New York.
An avid inline skater, David is a founder and former treasurer of the Central Park Dance Skaters Association, Inc., which provides world renown weekend outdoor dancing on inline and quad skates in Central Park. He is a member of the Morningside Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, the upper west side's Quaker Meeting. He maintains an active practice of Kundalini yoga. He plays Irish flute, pennywhistle, mandolin, guitar, clarinet, shakuhachi, quena and MIDI wind controller, and uses his EEG brainwaves to create live music with computer software he writes in SuperCollider. David lives in the South Bronx with his wife Nancy, who is the upholstery conservator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Their daughter Liberty graduated from Grinnell College in 2014.