I grew up tinkering with computers and electronics in Auckland, New Zealand, and completed a PhD in computer science and comp bio at MIT in collaboration with Harvard Medical School. I had the incredible opportunity to attend TED Long Beach in 2011 as a TED Fellow.
The Earth System
Information theory and complexity theory
As much as 15% of the population of North Korea died of famine in the late 90s, and NOBODY NOTICED because it was the middle of the Asian financial crisis ("IMF shidae"), and everybody was worried about their wallets. What other country do you know of where 15% of the population dies and nobody notices?
Algorithms; reverse engineering biology's fractal pattern language; machine learning; flying cars; humanoid robots; the power of information to transform society; the amazingness of the biosphere.
TED is even more about people than ideas to me: although the content of the talks at TED Long Beach 2011 was mind-blowing, the best part about TED was the phenomenal people I had the chance to meet.
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