#WeAreArity Wednesday: Jeremy Ber
When Mom asks me what it is that I do again, I say…
I write computer code that operates on millions of gigabytes of driving data collected from a customer’s phone. The code will take the data and spit out information about how safe of a driver you are based on a variety of features including how often you handle your phone and how often you brake hard.
In your own words, what is Arity?
Arity is a data company focused on enabling machine learning on driving data.
My favorite mode of transportation is…
Music—it takes you places no car ever could.
On a Saturday afternoon, you can find me…
At the gym or the movie theater. The gym I work out at is in the same building as a movie theater, and I often think about going to one right after the other.
If you could volunteer for any cause, what would it be? Why?
I have a deep appreciation and love for dogs. I have and will in the future volunteer for various adoption shelters across Chicago because the thought of a scared dog suffering over the holiday season is just awful to me. I am an annual contributor to the humane society.
Most people don’t know I…
Used to be in several rock bands—I played the drums and had very long hair, and then I got a job.
The theme song of my life is…
Avant Gardener by Courtney Barnett – It’s about someone having an asthma attack while gardening and lamenting about how they regretted it, but ultimately enjoyed the experience. I try to have this outlook on life—things may go well or they may go poorly, all you can do is enjoy the ride.
Talk to your rideshare driver or silent ride?
I will talk to the Uber driver if they ask me how I’m doing, but I’m often more interested in if they’re using Google Maps or Waze.
Would you get in a self-driving car? Why or why not?
I heard they’re pretty sophisticated now. I’d probably only try it if all cars were self-driving, though.
Favorite innovation pioneer?
Frank Zappa changed the way I listen to music, people, and the world. His album with The Mothers of Invention called “FREAK OUT!” is still to this day one of my favorite albums of all time, and when listening to it in the context of the music that was out then, he was changing the world one note at a time.
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