Tamiko Thiel
Lead Product Designer on the Connection Machine and VR/AR Artist

Tamiko Thiel's contributions to VR/AR art installations over 35 years have critically explored socio political themes through digital media, significantly impacting the XR field. Her early work on the Connection Machine CM-1/CM-2 AI supercomputers influenced modern AI technologies and design aesthetics.

As a lead product designer, Thiel merged art with cutting-edge technology, setting the stage for her later innovations in virtual and augmented reality. Her VR projects were among the first to use immersive media for storytelling and have been recognized by major art institutions. Thiel's AR interventions also helped to push the boundaries of public art and digital engagement.