“Premature Optimization” and the Pandora Box of Debates that Followed

“Premature optimization is the root of all evil.” This popular phrase in software engineering has led to interesting discussions on technical debt, the meaning of engineering and the Swiss cheese model of accident management. Hello World – read on to find more.

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[Big Ideas 001] Genes, Proteins, Pluto

Part of the Big Ideas series, where I synthesize interviews by Discovery Magazine with the world’s best experts in multiple disciplines. Inspired by Peter Kaufman, who spent 6 months reading 140+ of these interviews, and came out knowing “every single big idea from every single domain of science”.

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Talk Takeaway: “Fintech & Blockchain in China” by Prof. He Zhiguo (University of Chicago)

Takeaways from a talk on fintech & blockchain – and the 1st topic we talk about is *pig faces*, which is of course highly relevant. Plus the topics of kings and how to summarize money in 4 words (or less).

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Life Is The Ultimate Imitation Game (René Girard reading notes 1)

“Man differs from the other animals in his greater aptitude for imitation.” Let’s look at this quote from Aristotle from the modern lens of evolutionary biology, identity politics, game theory, and AI.

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