Hi! I'm a junior at Amherst College majoring in CS/stats. I'm interested in the intersections between technology and business. When I'm not in school, I split time between Singapore, Palo Alto, and Jakarta.

I took 3 gap years after high school, during which time I completed my National Service in Singapore in the Civil Defence as an ambulance EMT and volunteered in Indonesia's 2014 presidential campaign.

When I'm not reading and writing notes / exploring you can find me on /r/ mildly interesting / in the gym / worrying about the rise of automation.

I'm currently using this site as a repository for my newsletter (compilation, visualization/app), book notes (compilation), and links.

Monthly updates/points of interest (December)

  • The free energy principle, Karl Friston, and potentially where the next big AI advance will come from link

  • Gentle introduction to deep neural nets, link, great analogy for gradient descent

  • Google’s interactive immersive thing on National Parks, link, really fun experience but 360’ video doesn’t stream nicely

  • UXDesign’s State of UX 2019, link

  • a16z: Software + housing market, link; legal proposal right now to house value, link that requires appraisal

  • YC CEO/partner Michael Siebel on startups, with topics and timestamps, link; especially identifying bias in advise givers — great, desirable companies hire the best because (i) they’re the best, (ii) to keep them away from competitors, (iii) to keep them from doing their own thing

  • Hello World, a Bloomberg series (recently <10m/video in length), new episodes ~monthly; two I liked: (1) Geoff Hinton, (2) Israel Startup Nation, which describes dominance of army’s Unit8200 (which everyone has to serve usually aged 18-20): first thing people do coming out is think of what startup they’re going to build

  • Also CCTv’s series on Chinese Innovation (no English subtitles)

  • Quartz Obsession on Orchids is a fun read: the moth orchid retailed for $70 in the 80’s, tech+globalization -> wholesale price of $3 today

Things I'm excited about:

  • Democratization of finance: no more paying for a checking account (and other fees which are essentially a tax on the poor, link), e.g. SoFi Money, or financial services, e.g. Fidelity’s fee-less ETF

  • The rise of automation: what will we do with our newly found free time? We need creative self-actualizing activities, not digital opium like FB/Netflix which self-driving cars will make even more ubiquitous… battle for screens and eyeballs

  • AR is it going to look like this? Magic Leap’s first product looks unwearable but 40’ FOV is incredibly limited; these glasses (using retinal projection) look much more useable; what about contact lenses

  • MOOCs and the future of education; coursera / udemy / udacity / Minerva Schools? / altschool? Udacity's Sebastian Thrun thinks there'll be only 10 institutions of higher ed left in 2050

  • The future of UI: wearables (jackets?), biohacking, both? Keyboard on the hand?