is a technical consultant for iRunway, a patent research and consultancy firm with offices in Austin, Bay Area, Denver and Bangalore. He has a degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. He also writes his for own Technology Blog.
Millions of people, from talk show hosts to world leaders, have engaged in a dialog about and with emoji and what it means to communication. Emoji are becoming an increasingly pervasive communication instrument, increasingly used in advertising, to discuss social issues and advocacy, and to even a bridge communication tool between generations. There are even emoji related patents owned by Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others. Many commentators have speculated on the future of the emoji with an overwhelming consensus: this trend is here to stay.