What Iโ€™m Interested In

๐Ÿงญ Exploring

Iโ€™m currently exploring ideas in the AI/ML space, especially around data, data tools and data business models. Some things Iโ€™m looking at:

๐Ÿ’Ž Proprietary, latent, golden and small data assets; and how to build, connect and capture value from those assets.

๐Ÿ›  Data infrastructure, especially tools that help generative models become first-class consumers as well as producers of data.

๐Ÿค Trust hierarchies and the confidence chain: signatures, provenance, identity, curation, quality.

๐Ÿค– The compute explosion, software-in-the-loop, ubiquitous agents, matching versus ranking, productivity versus distribution.

๐Ÿ”‘ New areas of abundance and scarcity, especially energy, hardware, and โ€œatoms not bitsโ€.

If youโ€™re working on any of these, Iโ€™d love to hear from you.

๐Ÿ’ป Professional

My professional interests lie at the intersection of data, markets, and technology.

๐Ÿ“€ Data: As a species, we are defined by our ability to manipulate information: language, writing, software. Itโ€™s not a coincidence that the word we associate most strongly with human evolutionary advantage โ€” intelligence โ€” means both raw data, and the capacity to act on it.

๐Ÿช Markets: Markets are the most effective and resilient mechanism we have found to solve a hard problem: how should society allocate resources in the face of incomplete information and uncertain outcomes?

๐Ÿ“ก Technology: Writing, agriculture, government, cities, money, industry: these and other technologies have impacted humanity in profound (and still evolving) ways. Weโ€™re living through another technological revolution right now: software. And weโ€™ve barely scratched the surface of what it can achieve.

If youโ€™re also interested in these themes, I strongly recommend subscribing to my newsletter, Pivotal.

โš–๏ธ Ethical

While I believe in the ability of markets, data and technology to make the world a better place, Iโ€™m also keenly aware of their limitations.

๐Ÿ˜‘ Data can be noisy, messy or incomplete; more dangerously, it can be misleading, biased or falsified. Not all questions can be answered with data. High-quality decision-making under uncertainty with imperfect information is hard, and therefore valuable.

๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ Markets can be imperfect, incomplete, non-competitive, regulated, corrupt, captured, rigged or otherwise flawed. Flawed markets lead to information errors, poor incentives and inequitable outcomes.

๐Ÿ’ฃ Technology is vulnerable to incompetence, malice, misuse, indifference, bias and unforeseen consequences.

The optimist (and ex trader) in me says that every inefficiency is an opportunity; the humanist in me cares for the individuals affected by these inefficiencies. Using data-markets-technology to make the world a truly better place is not easy. But what better way to spend oneโ€™s life?

โค๏ธ Personal

I have a number of hobbies and interests that keep me pleasantly busy:

๐Ÿ“š Iโ€™m endlessly curious and an unapologetic bibliophile
๐Ÿ“ท I like to take photographs
โœˆ๏ธ I like to travel, both physically and in spirit
๐ŸŽฒ I like to play Euro-style board games
๐ŸŽจ I haunt galleries and museums whenever I can
๐Ÿฑ I like to cook, and also to eat well
๐ŸŽถ I like to discover new music of almost every genre
๐Ÿ… I over-analyze sports, using data of course
๐ŸŽพ I play semi-competitive tennis (NTRP 4-5)
๐Ÿ”  I used to play tournament Scrabble, but havenโ€™t for a while
๐ŸŒธ I used to curate a rather popular poetry newsletter
๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿพ I work out, sleep well, and practise happiness
๐Ÿ“‹ Iโ€™m a prolific list-maker, curator and reviewer
โœ’๏ธ I like to write, as this website makes abundantly clear ๐Ÿ™‚