My name is Nathan Olmstead. I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto. My interests include urban technology, artificial intelligence, and political theory.

My most recent project investigates the relationship between time, technology, and phenomenology. More specifically, I explore what it might mean to exchange idealizations of the smart or digital city for more corruptible visions of a so-called Spectral City. 

Originally from Northern Ontario, I have also worked as a policy consultant and advocate on projects related to environmental sustainability, responsible technology, and animal welfare. My work has been published in reputable journals such as Philosophy & Technology, Urban Studies, and Political Theology, and includes several public reports at the forefront of policy conversations across Canada. 


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