It is a followup transcript I emailed him after our skype chat. The skype chat included a lot of “yes buts” on his part, so I sent him a consolidated version of his questions in which the “yes buts” were in one answer. I told him I would strongly prefer he works off of the consolidated version.
He decided to make the disjointed nature of the skype chat the theme I think. But the skype chat says all of the same things.
[10/14/14 1:02:48 PM] joseph_bernstein: Eron?
[10/14/14 1:10:49 PM] Eron Gjoni: Eron Gjoni has shared contact details with joseph_bernstein.
[10/14/14 1:10:58 PM] Eron Gjoni: Morning
[10/14/14 1:11:04 PM] Eron Gjoni: Sort of
[10/14/14 1:11:06 PM] joseph_bernstein: Hey there!
[10/14/14 1:11:11 PM] joseph_bernstein: Where are you writing from?
[10/14/14 1:11:30 PM] Eron Gjoni: Massachusetts
[10/14/14 1:11:58 PM] joseph_bernstein: And what is your occupation right now? Or barring that, what are you doing with your days right now?
[10/14/14 1:13:59 PM] Eron Gjoni: Well, I resigned from my job as of a few days ago. There I did computer vision, ai, and robotics. Currently I’m working on an artificially intelligent 2d animation program
[10/14/14 1:14:13 PM] joseph_bernstein: What was the reason for your resignation?
[10/14/14 1:14:39 PM] joseph_bernstein: And can you give me a way to refer to your company? An engineering firm? A software company?
[10/14/14 1:14:50 PM] Eron Gjoni: Internet warfare takes a surprising amount of dedication
[10/14/14 1:15:01 PM] Eron Gjoni: A research lab.
[10/14/14 1:15:09 PM] joseph_bernstein: Boston?
[10/14/14 1:15:14 PM] Eron Gjoni: Yep
[10/14/14 1:15:14 PM] joseph_bernstein: I just have to give slightly more specifics
[10/14/14 1:15:18 PM] joseph_bernstein: okay thanks
[10/14/14 1:15:39 PM] joseph_bernstein: So is it fair to say you resigned to spend more time participating in the greater debate around games?
[10/14/14 1:15:47 PM] joseph_bernstein: Based on what you just said?
[10/14/14 1:16:00 PM] Eron Gjoni: Not quite
[10/14/14 1:16:10 PM] joseph_bernstein: Okay, so, help me understand
[10/14/14 1:17:19 PM] Eron Gjoni: I was asked to resign, as I was getting like next to no work done.
[10/14/14 1:17:41 PM] joseph_bernstein: And were the people who asked you to resign aware of the reason why you were getting no work done?
[10/14/14 1:17:50 PM] Eron Gjoni: No
[10/14/14 1:18:01 PM] Eron Gjoni: I should rephrase
[10/14/14 1:18:12 PM] Eron Gjoni: I was asked if I felt I needed to resign
[10/14/14 1:18:22 PM] Eron Gjoni: As I looked burned out
[10/14/14 1:18:35 PM] joseph_bernstein: Okay.
[10/14/14 1:18:44 PM] Eron Gjoni: And I figured I ought to.
[10/14/14 1:19:19 PM] joseph_bernstein: Is the reason you felt burned out and were not getting a lot of work done because of the conversation around gaming that began two months ago with your post?
[10/14/14 1:19:39 PM] Eron Gjoni: Sort of.
[10/14/14 1:19:45 PM] Eron Gjoni: Two months ago
[10/14/14 1:20:15 PM] joseph_bernstein: Yes?
[10/14/14 1:20:17 PM] Eron Gjoni: It wasn’t much the conversation about gaming
[10/14/14 1:20:26 PM] joseph_bernstein: Right, and I want to get to that
[10/14/14 1:20:31 PM] joseph_bernstein: Maybe the best thing to do
[10/14/14 1:20:32 PM] joseph_bernstein: is
[10/14/14 1:20:35 PM] joseph_bernstein: I want to get some background.
[10/14/14 1:20:37 PM] joseph_bernstein: So can you start off by giving me some personal background? Where are you from? What do your parents do? What and where did you study? How did you get into game development?
[10/14/14 1:20:37 PM] Eron Gjoni: It was the harassment, doxxing, hack attempts
[10/14/14 1:21:06 PM] Eron Gjoni: All of that stuff happening and absolutely killing the conversation about gaming
[10/14/14 1:21:24 PM] joseph_bernstein: Sure
[10/14/14 1:21:54 PM] joseph_bernstein: Just restating: — personal background? Where are you from? What do your parents do? What and where did you study? How did you get into game development?
[10/14/14 1:21:57 PM] Eron Gjoni: People were willing to listen to me, so I had to spend a lot of time steering people away from destroying everything
[10/14/14 1:22:21 PM] Eron Gjoni: I’m from Albania originally
[10/14/14 1:22:31 PM] Eron Gjoni: I moved here when I was 6
[10/14/14 1:22:46 PM] joseph_bernstein: Yes
[10/14/14 1:23:16 PM] Eron Gjoni: Back there, my dad was legal advisor to the deputy prime minister or something
[10/14/14 1:23:25 PM] Eron Gjoni: And my mother was an architect
[10/14/14 1:23:30 PM] joseph_bernstein: Okay
[10/14/14 1:23:51 PM] Eron Gjoni: Immigration is generally a reset button
[10/14/14 1:24:14 PM] joseph_bernstein: Your family was successful, it sounds like. Why did they immigrate?
[10/14/14 1:24:55 PM] Eron Gjoni: My dad is now a supervisor at a circuit board manufacturing plant, and my mother is a regional HR head or something.
[10/14/14 1:25:09 PM] Eron Gjoni: A mixture of reasons
[10/14/14 1:25:11 PM] joseph_bernstein: Gotcha. And where did you grow up in America?
[10/14/14 1:25:32 PM] Eron Gjoni: War was breaking out, political climate was unfavorable