Brooks is from Durham NC and graduated from Durham Academy in 2001. He went to NC State University to pursue degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering. In 2003 Brooks certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and is currently a Captain at Six Forks Rescue. His "experiences" as an EMT lead him to pursue a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering.
Brooks is interested in blurring the distinction between human and machine intelligence. His research focuses on utilizing neural signals to activate mechanical effectors and mechanical activation to provide sensory feedback.