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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 in San Rafael, CA (which is part of the Bay Area). In fact, I've lived in the same apartment since 1995.
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. Very rarely 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 programmer, I've been friends with a professional programmer since 2001, and one of the things that caused us to become and to remain friends is our conversations about programming.
I have been on the internet since 1991. I made the web page you are reading now from 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.
After having done a lot of reading and thinking about the issue, I believe that artificial intelligence is a dangerous technology—more dangerous than, say, nuclear weapons. 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 May 2014.