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I am into science and computers.

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My relationship status is single.

I grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, and went to college in South Florida. Since 1986 I've lived in the Bay Area. Since 1995 I've lived San Rafael, CA (which is part of the Bay Area).

I have a serious chronic illness that has been preventing me from holding down a job. The very short version is that I am constantly tired. On a hike, I have trouble keeping up with friends who are much older than me. Specifically, at the start, I can walk or run faster than they can, but I tire before they do. The illness involves more than just constant tiredness, but it is difficult to explain the other parts in a few sentences or a few paragraphs, and the tiredness is probably the most disabling part of it.

One of my hobbies is computer programming. Almost never does a week go by when I don't use my ability to program to make some material change in how my personal computer works. Although I am not a professional computer programmer, I converse regularly about programming with a professional computer programmer, with whom I have been friends since 2001.

I have been on the internet since 1991. I built this web page (the one you are reading now) from raw HTML using a text editor. For many years, I was skeptical about social networking, but now I tweet.

I have written many comments on the communal web site Hacker News.

I have written many comments on the communal web site Less Wrong.

I believe that artificial intelligence is a dangerous technology—more dangerous than, say, nuclear weapons. Although most people into science or computers would disagree, hundreds (thousands?) of scientists, scientists-in-training and computer people do agree with me that it is dangerous. (The danger comes specifically from “artificial general intelligence”.) I believe that the best way for a person to help humanity survive this danger is to donate to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute.

Last updated Apr 2014.