Sonder: n. (neologism) The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one's own, which they are constantly living despite one's personal lack of awareness of it.
For what it’s worth, sonder isn’t necessarily a real word if you measure your validity of words by their existence in the standard dictionary. You won’t find it there, google it. Nevertheless, I think it is a nice reminder to think about one’s place amongst the other seven billion people carrying out their lives, which is what the counter is estimating above. I think I originally put the counter there to mitigate my initial feelings that a website dedicated to one person was mildly self interested. That said, I think they do a fairly nice job of placing things into perspective. I would much rather someone take away and meditate on the sense of complexity and scale they bring together than any specifics about myself.
So if you’re waiting for my story, it’s no longer here. For a few years there was an exposition I had written in my freshman dorm that I then thought encompassed what I wanted folks to know about me. It did well and the comments I received about it were all quite positive. But now sitting in my senior apartment I think this was mildly misguided. It was one story, but not the story that really would encompass what I think that someone who stumbles across this site really should take away. So it’s in a temporary purgatory.
Currently, most of my time is dedicated to research, primarily on learning and memory. This includes brain electrophysiology as well as building computational models about how the brain can encode multiple memories. This also ties into my interests in artificial intelligence, and I’m working on growing ContinualAI, as well as working with Carboncopies on AI applications to whole brain emulation. I'm also helping plan a cognitive science conference, and helping teach an autonomous robotics course. I’m also on the board of ADAPT, managing our consulting teams.
More personally, I’m deciding on which university I may be lucky enough to continue to study the brain and cognition at for my PhD research next year. I’m also excited by the quantified self movement and using data driven approaches to improve my lifestyle and productivity. I'm revamping my home networking and computing set up to streamline use. I'm working through the oldest items on my random projects to do list. I'm also revisiting, consolidating, and digitizing all of my notes onto a wiki style site I’m building for easy reference anywhere.
When I'm not caught up in all of that, you can find me snowboarding, running, tending to my plants, working through the Tripitaka, maintaing a social life, tackling random datasets with for loops, and game nights one day a week. | 190101
My acadmic friends may also want to see my CV here