Marco Antonio Zanata Alves is a computer scientist dedicated to revolutionizing the functionality of computer memory. He is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Federal University of Paraná. His academic credentials include a master’s and doctorate in computer science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. His current project is focused on developing smarter memory systems that, in addition to storage, are capable of performing certain calculations. Beyond his professional interests, Marco Antonio has a fondness for furniture. His hobby of carpentry is so ingrained in his life that he has used his skills to furnish both his home and office. In addition to his role as a teacher, Marco Antonio practices Zen Buddhism. He coordinates a meditation group for graduate students at the Federal University of Paraná.