Below you'll find several early essays that I wrote. Some of them are published, some aren't.
In many ways, these essays were my training ground where I experimented with coming up with ideas, attempted to solve hard problems and tested many hypotheses about how best to communicate them.
As I look back on these projects at the end of 2018, I'm tempted to rewrite them all. At the same time, the subject matter and focus of each gives a good idea of what I like to think about, especially the stuff on the left.
A long essay about how to identify and evaluate societal problems, which includes explorations about how we might tackle what gives rise to our societal needs for prisons. Click here for details.
For a clearer exploration of the Hard Problem of Consciousness, see this 2018 blog post, where I discuss what exactly the advantage of consciousness may be.
An exploration of three ideas about how we might ameliorate homelessness. Published at Stories Behind the Fog
This is the first long essay I ever wrote. It looked at how we might generalize the scientific method to other domains traditionally resistant to improvement. An inquiry into progress by any other name.
The title takes its name from three things:
The opening scene of people sleeping in tents not 100 feet away from the Airbnb headquarters in SF, which I call "Bonetown,"
Roger Bacon, who was the first person in recorded history to explicitly articulate the idea of experimentation,
and Ibn Battuta, widely considered to be history's best traveler.
Both Bacon and Battuta were alive at roughly the same.
The link above will take you to an overview of the whole project as well as individual essay summaries. At some point, I plan on revisiting this with much more writerly experience under my belt.
Tech- / Data- based writings
How Node-Link graphs are visualized and how, from a UX perspective, they could be improved.
Several meditations on the future (of information technology, data visualization, space travel, and child-rearing, etc.) dispatched from San Francisco, CA. Published at The Carbon Culture Review. An earlier version utilized SyFy's "The Expanse" as a lens to explore future trends in technology.
Sorry 'bout the click-bait-y title
Non-entertainment use cases for VR.