The Death of Mystery is an Illusion

There is an existential worry I’ve had. I don’t think of it often, but it creeps up from time to time and never fully goes away. It appears in many different forms, such as the following: Have we already discovered the fundamentals of science? Is there much less left to discover than has already been…More

The Evolutionary Dynamics of the ML Ecosystem

Suppose you woke up one fine morning and decided to create an artificial intelligence. Where would you begin?  You could begin by reading up on all the relevant literature, the state of the art of what people have invented so far. That would be a reasonable approach. But suppose also that on this fine morning…More

Is Human Behavior Just Elaborate Running and Tumbling?

1. Introduction You know that scene in the movie, A Beautiful Mind, where John Nash is studying pigeons “hoping to extract an algorithm to define their movement”? Well, it appears we’ve found that algorithm, and it defines the movement of humans too. Furthermore, it provides us with a new lens for understanding psychological phenomena. In…More

6 Scientific Reasons Why Your Productivity Hacks Never Work

If you’ve read any productivity or self-help articles or books, you know that reading rarely makes you more productive. Sadly, this article is no different (it’s probably not going to make you more productive). But at the very least, I hope to teach you a few things about the science of productivity (which is really…More

Lessons from Reading 10,000 AngelList Applications

One of the first people I interviewed off of AngelList was a man from Lagos. He had created a website that displayed Manchester United scores, and it was beautiful. The layout was clean. The colors were bright. It even had elegant animations when you clicked or hovered. Also, the commit log on Github demonstrated (with…More