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.
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
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:
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