I am a computer scientist and computational biologist from New Zealand. I grew up programming computers, and completed a PhD in computer science and computational biology at MIT and a postdoc at Harvard Medical School. During the summers while at MIT, I interned at Google, studied intensive Chinese in Beijing, and worked to find interdisciplinary solutions to global grand challenges at Singularity University. I speak English, French, Korean and Chinese, and have traveled several times to China and North Korea to study human rights and freedom of information issues. I spend a lot of time thinking about P vs. NP, the Goldbach Conjecture, how 3 billion base pairs of DNA in your genome turn into 100 trillion cells in your body, and how to build flying cars. I received a TED Fellowship in 2011. I am currently working at Google on a new type of AI algorithm for natural language understanding.
machine learning, big data, parallel computing, computational biology, programming languages, human languages, nature, China, North Korea
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.
The TED community is even more about the people than the ideas to me.
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