data scientist. theoretical neuroscientist. product strategist. software technologist. concerned citizen.

I currently work at the intersection data science and technology product strategy. On the website Quora, I write about neuroscience, AI, and Consciousness (1000+ articles) from my time at the UC Berekeley Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. I am a one-time software entrepreneur with interests at the intersection of psychology, society, AI, neuroscience, and technology strategy.

Most recently, I've been leading data science teams, first at Facebook, then Quora, and now Uber with projects spanning user engagement optimization and machine learning.

While at the UC Berkeley Theoretical Neuroscience Center as a visiting scholar I worked on computational neuroscience models of spiking networks in vision. Earlier in my career, I founded two software companies, one of which was an early social networking company started at the same time as LinkedIn and Facebook. I started out as a software engineer at NeXT (a Steve Jobs company) and Oracle after studying computer science at Harvard.

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Hosting the Neuro+AI+Consciousness conversation series on Clubhouse
  • Apr 3, 2021 — Solving the hard problem of consciousness (open discussion)
  • Mar 28, 2021 (CH Link) — Consciousness and the nature of reality with Donald Hoffman
  • Mar 27, 2021 (CH Link) — Consciousness, Information Theory, and Emergence (with Eric Hoel)
  • Mar 13, 2021 — Neuroscience of Language and implications for NLP (with Marc Ettlinger)
  • Mar 14, 2021 — Neuroscience of Vision: How does the brain do it? (with Sunwoo Kwon)
  • Mar 6, 2021 — Neuroscience, AI, and Consciousness with Anil Seth
  • Feb 20, 2021 — Neuroscience, AI, and Consciousness (with Joscha Bach)
  • Feb 13, 2021 — Neuroscience, AI, and Consciousness
  • Feb 7, 2021 — Glitch in the Matrix (with Erik Davis)
  • Feb 6, 2021 — Neuroscience, AI, and Consciousness (kickoff)