I am a software engineer from Australia. I have lived in San Francisco since 2013. Among other things, I'm interested in data structures, physics, economics, functional programming, and effective altruism. I work at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute.
Here are the most interesting things I've written. My most interesting open source projects are:
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- Why aren't the Sun and Jupiter blurry?
- 'Other people are wrong' vs 'I am right'
- Why I'm less of a hedonic utilitarian than I used to be
- A surprisingly hard CS problem: sums of square roots
- The weirdest ideas I take seriously
- Kelly betting and Bayesian inference
- Looking at the Schrödinger equation radially
- Uncontroversial opinion: the internment of Japanese Americans was bad
- Most matter is not made of atoms
- Notes on thermal physics
- Relay programming
- A project to model some aspects of an illusionist account of consciousness
- Unaligned optimization processes as a general problem for society
- Different mechanisms by which humans follow incentives
- Would I survive in a universe made of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics?
- Ways I've changed my mind about effective altruism over the past year
- Cesar Chavez Day
- Why are less intelligent people more racist?
- Hash map implementations in practice
- Wild speculations on the balance of pain and pleasure
- A dynamic programming algorithm for the Gini coefficient
- Optimal resource allocation between manufacturing and research
- Advice on whether you should get a PhD in engineering
- Building a search engine for data structures
- Poor college graduates do much better than rich high-school dropouts