Champion of Open-Source
Much of Roth’s work is subversive or rebellious—some of the key words on his website aren’t printable in this magazine—but he practices the grassroots philosophy he preaches. He champions open-sourcing, making public the computer programs he has developed to do things. He’s happy to share the software he created that allows a graffiti artist paralyzed with Lou Gehrig’s disease to paint by moving his eyes. And Roth produced the first open-source rap video, with the artist Jay-Z.