10 Questions with Dwight Goins


Despite living only a short drive from Magic Leap headquarters, Dwight is a hardcore HoloLens developer. More than that, he is a huge advocate for programming Mixed Reality apps using Direct3D for improved performance. He has also dived into HoloLens Remoting to display 3D models composed of over a million polygons. Here are Dwight’s answers to the 10 questions:


What movie has left the most lasting impression on you?
It’s not 1 but a couple… The Matrix, Hidden Figures.

Matrix because of the hacker turned save the world only to realize the real world is really a hack of computers and virtual reality is what we think is the real world.

Hidden Figures because the original “computers” at NASA were a group of African American Female mathematicians, just to think that is my mother, sister, wife, and daughters, and I am from them, the original compute-ador…

What is the earliest video game you remember playing? Ping Pong, Moebius, Leisure suite Larry, and this EA sports baseball on an Atari 2800 where you had to take a cassette tape and load it to play it based on stats and probabilities.

Who is the person who has most influenced the way you think?
My Godfather – a Humanities and religious master teacher from the University of Cairo. Interestingly enough he has nothing to do with Computers or tech, but he is the person who advised me to go into computer programming.

When was the last time you changed your mind about something?
Right before typing this sentence you read now.

What’s a programming skill people assume you have but that you are terrible at?
Problem with this question is I’ll never let you know, because if I don’t know it, I’ll learn it, either I’ll get a book, or take a course on it and you’ll never know.

What inspires you to learn?
The better question for me is what expires me to learn. I’ll answer the inspire first. The first is my relatives. Because they relate to me on so many different levels. The internal conversations, and thoughts provided give me advice on what to do and not to do. However sometimes the internal communication is lacking because I don’t know enough, thus I must continue learning. 

The external factors or what expires me is the previous question above. People make a lot of assumptions and they prejudge you on the color of your skin, or your hair texture, your eyes, your sexiness, handsomeness, or your dress, or gender. Rather than looking at the fruit of your labor: works, applications, speeches, and writings. I’ve always been taught to assume is to be an ass of you to me, and the ignorance that comes from assumptions should be a learning experience. Sometimes I’m the learner, sometimes I’m the teacher. It goes both ways. Watching and learning others’ assumptions and removing mine is what expires.

What do you need to believe in order to get through the day?
I don’t accept the need. The day will happen with or without you. The better question is what can you do to make the day a day of remembrance for someone else.

What’s a view that you hold but can’t defend?
Not a view worth discussing.

What will the future killer Mixed Reality app do?
Hopefully it won’t be a killer app, but rather a growing and learning (AI) one that enhances your every day life to make things easier, healthier, and all around better. For example, an AI assistant that monitors and displays your vital signs and notifies you when it would be a good time to get a glass of water, or there are toxic gases around so it would be a good time to leave the immediate area.

What book have you recommended the most?
Still counting…

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