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Brief Biography of

Brian Holtz


Name: Brian Holtz

Birth Date (YYYY.MM.DD): 1965.04.20

Education: B.S. Computer Science, University of S. Mississippi Honors College, 1987
M.S. Computer Science, University of Michigan, 1990


Personal Testimonies



Atheist Polemics




Memetic Background:

  • Raised a practicing Roman Catholic
  • Became an atheist at age 21
  • Sympathetic to: metaphysical naturalism, ontological materialism, epistemological empiricism and positivism, mental functionalism, theological atheism, axiological extropianism, political libertarianism, economic capitalism, constitutional federalism, biological evolutionism, evolutionary psychology, and technological optimism

Research Interests:

  • Wrote Vita: an artificial life simulator in which simulated creatures compete, reproduce, and evolve while their behavior is controlled by mutating programs expressed in a Turing-complete programming language called VitaL.
  • Wrote two distributed editors: ShrEdit, CoEd
  • 4 U.S. software patent applications filed (1997-2001)


  • Yahoo 2002-: joined Yahoo! to help develop Yahoo! Personals
  • Sun Microsystems 1999-2001: led SunONE Webtop synchronization project
  • Sun Microsystems 1993-1999: designed the integration of ToolTalk into CDE (the Sun/HP/IBM standard Unix desktop); led Sun CDE enhancement project
  • Sun Microsystems 1990-1993: helped develop ToolTalk: Sun's C++-based cross-platform middleware for IPC among persistent distributed objects

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