Peter Xu

Jeannette K. Watson Fellow, Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship
Maspeth, NY, United States

About Peter

Bio

I was inspired to become an engineer when I watched the Iron Movie. Seeing Tony Stark work in his high tech shop applying his masterful understanding of science and technology excited me. Since then, I have aspired to become an engineer and create incredible technologies. My dream is to work on exciting technical projects that may hopefully bring value and enjoyment to others.

Areas of Expertise

Applied Physics

I'm passionate about

Science, Technology, and stories about heroes

Talk to me about

Science, Technology, Science Literacy, STEM Education, Entrepreneurship, Startups, Business

Comments & conversations

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Peter Xu
Posted 10 months ago
Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power
This was incredible and inspiring. I am a technologist and engineer and I have taken great interest in the concept of power (mostly due to Game of Thrones!). Technology is irrelevant if it is not making an impact on people's lives. Understanding civics and power will allow technologists like myself to create the tools and applications that will have the most impact.
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Peter Xu
Posted over 3 years ago
How does one predict the date when an entire nation would fall?
Hi thanks for your responses. I don't know of any exact source proving that he did so aside from his book and his own personal testimonials. Given his grand reputation though, I'm inclined to believe he did. It was my understanding that at the time, the SU's economy was expected to grow much bigger than the U.S.'s much like how we viewed Japan's economy about two decades ago. http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2012/02/is-chinas-economic-future-a-rosy-one-becker.html " In 1956, Khrushchev proclaimed that the Soviet Union would bury the US, not militarily but economically. One might at the time have dismissed this as the exaggerations of a loud and belligerent leader, but similar predictions were common among mainstream economists." Finally, given that Kurzweil is more of a technologist, I do not think that his prediction was based on politics or studying their financial records. I saw on wikipedia that he made his prediction by studying the increased access to electronic communication that removed power from the authoritarian government. "Kurzweil gained notoriety as a futurist[citation needed] with his first book The Age of Intelligent Machines. Written from 1986 to 1989 and published in 1990, it forecast the demise of the Soviet Union due to new technologies such as cellular phones and fax machines disempowering authoritarian governments by removing state control over the flow of information. In 2005, Mikhail Gorbachev told Kurzweil that emerging decentralized electronic communication "was a big factor" for fostering democracy in the Soviet Union"
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Peter Xu
Posted over 3 years ago
Which video game has challenged your perspective on the way you live your life and how?
Final Fantasy X This was the only Final Fantasy game that I have ever played and ti was absolutely incredible. It's a long story but a very good one. The biggest impact that it had on me was that it showed me what it meant to care for others and to cherish those you care about. It was a combination of the gameplay, the story, and the music, especially the music, that had this effect. It has been about 6 years since I played the game, but last year I found all of the cut scenes online and I watched them again. All of the emotions I initially got from it returned and it made me very happy and nostalgic. I was listening to one of its songs on Youtube recently and I remembered a comment that I agreed with very deeply. It said "I think everyone in their lifetime should play this game. Its not just´╗┐ a video game, its an inspiration. Imagine the world leaders we would have if they were influenced by this game. People could be inspired to do the unimaginable. Square Enix and Nobuo Uematsu, i thank you for the unforgettable game and music that has without doubt made me a better person." I couldn't agree more with the notion that world leaders, and people in general, should play this game and experience this story just once. It opens your heart and fills it with positive emotions.