HackLab.TO: Toronto’s Hacker Collective

When Eric Boyd invited me to visit HackLab.TO I got very exited.

I have always had a fascination with hackers and love visiting their creative space because these guys are always pushing the envelope and often point the way for things to come.

In the past, I have lacked the proper equipment to do an on-site audio or video recording without having to borrow it from my friends or my very generous brother-in-law. Fortunately, though, last week I got the biggest anonymous donation ever received at Singularity Weblog. The money allowed me to purchase a brand new Canon VIXIA HF G10 (aff) camcorder as well as a Fujifilm X10 (aff) photo camera, and thus equipped I headed to HackLab.TO.

About HackLab.TO

HackLab.TO is a community space with a diverse membership, including artists, computer programmers, web designers, and hardware hackers. It is inspired by the philosophies of the global hackerspaces movement which encourages people to socialize, share knowledge, and work together on their projects. Newcomers are welcome every Tuesday night at “Unpatched Tuesdays.”

About Eric Boyd

Eric Boyd is an engineer, environmentalist, and transhumanist. He currently spends his time developing wearable electronic senses — devices which augment your interface to the world, turning you into a cyborg. His diverse past includes market gardening, dot coms, industrial sensors, and automotive journalism.

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Christopher Olah

In this video Chris Olah gives an impassioned impromptu presentation of some of the neat 3d printed objects that members have produced at HackLab.TO.

Chris is a teenage-hacker, amateur math wiz and a total geek. It is young people such as Olah who give me hope that our future is indeed in good hands:

“Way to go Chris! No idea what you’re talking about but I love it! Keep it up and you are going not only to Singularity University but also anywhere you aim for.”

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