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I believe in the power of technology to transform and enhance the human experience. At eight years old I was programming Frogger in BASIC on an Apple IIe and was checking out library books on Fortran by 4th grade. I graduated High School at 16 and had my first programming job at 17. I did a monetary transfer startup in Paris at 18 that sold to Yahoo!

Later I joined Microsoft as part of a small skunkworks project to build a competitor to Google Apps, which became Office365. From that infrastructure we built a new Azure product for identity and management called Azure Active Directory. I also helped ship the first version of Azure and was a pioneer in Microsoft adopting an open source philosophy. I now focus on artificial intelligence and digital identity. I have passions around poetry, robotics, microbiology, philosophy, spiking neural networks, and coffee.

I use this space to accumulate some thoughts and observations that occur to me. You can also find me on Twitter or Snap or Google Scholar.

Latest Posts

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    Visual Studio Code is great for working with TensorFlow and Jupyter. Apple Silicon and Computer ML make a great ML environment. Make them all work together.
  • On The Death of a Younger Brother from Heroin Overdose
    My brother died of heroin overdose in 2015. I wrote these words back then and sharing them again now. If you are struggling with addiction, please seek out help. SAMHSA’s National Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP. 
  • Software Engineering Advice
    Be excited – the field you are in is amazing and in its infancy. We have no idea what is possible yet. Be inquisitive – I believe our field is a science like biology and physics. The universe is information, and this information cannot be destroyed — even in a black hole. Let this sink in: you …
  • Thanks To Siri and Kinect, Web 3.0 can now happen
    Savas Parastatidis wrote a blog entry on the semantic web and machine learning, covering the existing history of this area and discussing the future of semantic processing as well as the false starts the area has had in past.  For hope of a future, he calls to Apple’s Siri technology and discusses how the knowledge …
  • Facebook, Data Durability, and hacking HBase
    I found myself catching up on what’s been happening on the other side of the fence in the HPC Distributed computing world and in particular the Hardoop stack. Boots on the ground implementations of distributed computing are where theory meets the harsh reality of customer demands, network latency and commodity hardware. That’s why I found …

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There are no longer strangers, just people you don’t want to know.

(1/n) Can we build “perceptive” machines from mechanical parts? How “intelligent” were animals prior to evolution of nervous system? When does a collection of cells really become an organism? How can animal without muscles or neurons coordinate activity across millions of cells?

Time Crystals. New phases of matter. Pandemics. mRNA vaccines. Anyone else having future shock? Did I fall in to a Dr. Who timeline?

Anyway, second law of thermodynamics violated. Must be a Friday. Amirite? 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Eternal Change for No Energy: A Time Crystal Finally Made Real | Quanta Magazine

Like a perpetual motion machine, a time crystal forever cycles between states without consuming energy. Physicists cla…

The metaverse is going to be weird.

The metaverse is going to be weird.
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