Louis Rosenberg (born May 24, 1969) is an American inventor, entrepreneur, and writer. He attended Stanford University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in 1991, a Master’s degree in 1993, and a PhD in 1994. His doctoral work focused on robotics, virtual reality, and human-computer interaction. Rosenberg then founded three high-tech companies, including Immersion Corporation, Microscribe LLC, and Outland Research. He has also worked as a tenured professor at California Polytechnic State University, where he taught courses on design, entrepreneurship, and educational technology. In 2014, he founded Unanimous A.I., an artificial intelligence company building a new social network called UNUM that enables groups to “think together” in an online social environment and harnesses their collective intelligence.
Rosenberg is a vegan, a supporter of animal rights, and has helped to develop the first VR surgical simulators that reduced the use of animals in medical training. He is also dyslexic and has attributed some of his success as a technologist to this trait.
In 1992, Louis Rosenberg developed one of the first known augmented reality systems, called Virtual Fixtures, while working at the U.S. Air Force Armstrong Labs, and published the first study of how an AR system can enhance human performance. Rosenberg's related work at Stanford University in the early 90's, offered the first proof that virtual overlays, when registered and presented over a user's direct view of the real physical world, could significantly enhance human performance.
In 1993, Rosenberg founded the virtual reality company, Immersion Corporation, serving as the company’s CEO until 2000. Rosenberg also founded Microscribe, LLC, a company that developed the first desktop system that allows animators to digitize physical objects into 3D computer models. Rosenberg then founded Outland Research, a company specializing in advanced methods of human-computer interaction. In 2001, Google purchased Outland Research, along with its patents.
As a professor at Calpoly, Rosenberg developed educational technologies, including methods for using wearable video cameras to enhance learning.
Over the length of his career, Rosenberg has been awarded over 300 patents.
In 2008, Rosenberg shifted careers to writing after graduating from the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA film school. In 2009, Rosenberg wrote the short film Lab Rats which won several awards including a Moondance Film Festival the award for best screenplay. The film, directed by Sam Washington, has been turned into a webseries by Frostbite Pictures. In 2011, Rosenberg sold a screenplay entitled Paper Trail to Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. In 2012, Rosenberg sold a screenplay entitled Mindplay to Echo Lake Entertainment.
In 2012, Rosenberg authored his first graphic novel entitled UPGRADE, with artwork by Stan Timmons. A satirical take on transhumanism, the book is set in the year 2048, when life is lived entirely online, nobody ever leaving the confines of their tiny apartments, supplies brought to them by automated delivery drones. The protagonist, Avery J. Mankin, is the perfect citizen of this virtual society, until he's unfairly accused of a crime, exiled from the system, and must learn to live in the real world for the first time. A screenplay based on the book won Best Scif-Fi Screenplay at Shriekfest and won the Grand Prize of the Cinestory Screenwriting Awards.
Rosenberg then released the graphic novel EONS in 2013 with artwork by Kyle La Fever. The book recounts the story of eight test subjects who are frozen in a tiny pod and shot into orbit for a 60 day test of a military survival system. But when they land back on Earth and open the hatch, they find that instead of waking up 60 days later, 200,000 years have passed. The Earth is pristine and there are no traces of humanity anywhere. They have no choice but rebuild.
In 2013, Rosenberg produced the children's book Seeking Marlo, with co-writer Joe Rosenbaum, and artwork by illustrator Bill Maus. The book is aimed at helping kids deal with the loss when a good friend moves away.
Rosenberg released the dystopian graphic novel Monkey Room in 2014. The book is a cautionary tale about the invention and deployment of a mobile app that creates a sentient global consciousness by linking together millions of users through their phones, tablets, and computers. With moody artwork by Graeme Howard, the book explores the dark-side of artificial intelligence, focusing on a novel technology known as Collaborative Intelligence where one mind is built from many. In 2013, a screenplay version of Monkey Room was selected by the Academy of Motion Pictures from over 7000 scripts to as one of 50 contenders for a Nichol's Fellowship.