Economic Policies that Optimize for Future People

BLUF: This isn't a profoundly deep postβ€”it just shows my current, general views on a variety of current economic issues. I do not believe future people are intrinsically less valuable than the people existing today. In fact, I think they might be more valuable because their lives will intrinsically be more worth living as their… Continue reading Economic Policies that Optimize for Future People

My Secret Addiction: Project Euler Problems

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): This is a personal post how I become involved with programming and my continued interest in solving mathy programming problems. I always believed that programming was beyond my abilities. I thought only the hacker types that discovered programming books when they were 10 and had few other distractions could really… Continue reading My Secret Addiction: Project Euler Problems

Understanding the True Cost of Land-Use Projects

Update: My team's paper earned the coveted Outstanding rating! Further, our paper won the Rachel Carson award, which "is presented to a team selected by the Head Judge of ICM Problem E for excellence in using scientific theory and data in its modeling." Over 4,800 collegiate teams from around the world were competing in Problem… Continue reading Understanding the True Cost of Land-Use Projects

Piano Songs [Overt Signaling]

I started playing piano in 7th grade and played up through 10th grade. I've been able to play here and then since then, and this is what I've played recently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_brPAfiKnU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGQnVRGTCqg I used to like to play classically difficult songs like Maple Leaf Rag, but now I only make time to improvise and maintain… Continue reading Piano Songs [Overt Signaling]

Remember Neuroplasticity and Do Not Enjoy That Which Is Not Productive

And remember that you can learn to enjoy many productive actions. Our attachments to activities grow as we do them. We browse Instagram once, we do it a second time, and if we aren't careful, we find ourselves burning over an hour a week on an activity that offers almost no long-term benefit to ourselves… Continue reading Remember Neuroplasticity and Do Not Enjoy That Which Is Not Productive

Necessary EA Institutions Part 1: Daily Impact Journaling

Here, I present the case that one aspiring to do as much good as possible with their lives should experiment with keeping a daily log of their impact. Journaling about impact forces one to reflect on what is, by definition, the most important thing in life. This helps hold one accountable for how they spend… Continue reading Necessary EA Institutions Part 1: Daily Impact Journaling

Our Responsibility to Reduce Personal Risk

Insofar as the {expected value of the world with us alive} minus {the expected value of the world with us dead} is positive, we have an obligation to remain alive.Β  Therefore, it is unethical to bear personal risks of death when the expected benefits of doing so do not outweigh the expected marginal benefit of… Continue reading Our Responsibility to Reduce Personal Risk

On Leadership Qualities [short essay]

I just found this 2500 character-limit essay I wrote when applying to West Point.  To be honest, I am pretty satisfied with it: From my short time in the Army, I have concluded the most important qualities for becoming a successful USMA cadet and Army officer are humility, balance, vision, grit, and extreme ownership. Humility… Continue reading On Leadership Qualities [short essay]

A Mathematical Model for Visual Threat Response

BLUF: This post describes a personal victory, as well as some math to understand an interesting phenomenon. In April of 2018, I participated in aΒ math modeling competition where my three-person team had a week to tackle one of three problems and then go to Columbia University to compete in-person. Ultimately, we walked away with first… Continue reading A Mathematical Model for Visual Threat Response

Is Life Insurance Rational?

BLUF: Life insurance might be rational for many effective altruism-minded people, but the devil is in the details- that is, one's probable risk of death and the payout per cost of a plan. US military servicemembers are afforded the option of paying $29 a month for $400,000 in life insurance. The norm is that the… Continue reading Is Life Insurance Rational?

Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling Victory (personal post)

In January 2018, I competed in COMAP's Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling. Over a period of about 100 hours, I worked with my team of two other freshmen on our 20-page report addressing ICM problem D. Essentially, we were looking at how a nation could implement an all-electric vehicle network and had to answer a variety… Continue reading Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling Victory (personal post)

Exploring Accountability in Autonomous Drone Warfare

In June of 2018, I had the privilege of attending a writing workshop at Pembroke College, Oxford, UK.  There, I presented my developing work on an effects-based accountability scheme to address an apparent legal and moral accountability gap in future autonomous drone warfare. I had drafted a rough proposal that involved increasing the liability of… Continue reading Exploring Accountability in Autonomous Drone Warfare

“Getting the Hands Dirty for a Good Cause”- a Short Story

In my Plebe (freshman) year literature class, about 7 months ago, I wrote an adventurous short story (~2600 words) that combines effective altruism, the tech world, fake news, and a moral lesson about the possible tragic consequences of naive unilateral action.Β  Let me know what you think! Getting the Hands Dirty for a Good Cause"I… Continue reading “Getting the Hands Dirty for a Good Cause”- a Short Story