Some things I’m thinking about:
- Why has capital stopped flowing from rich countries to poor countries i.e. the Lucas Paradox?
- How can we remove ideology from academia? To what extent does academia have to be political; why don’t we have more pure research institutions like the HHMI?
- Why has US GDP growth been linear for the last 150 years? (h/t Patrick Collison).
- Can we make other engineering fields as lucrative as CS?
- How can we lure more bright people from prestige professions (finance, law, media) into engineering? Smart people should build hard things.
- What are some ways we can “watch the watchmen?” How can we institute checks and balances on the media?
- Why has nanotech advancement stalled? Was there ever a bubble in investing in nanotech?
- Why don’t we financially pursue buildings within our oceans? What technical knowledge are we lacking or is it just the will to do so?
- Web browsers have been relatively the same for decades, can we build something better? Will crypto play a role?
- What happens when every country is “developed”? Will Baumol’s cost disease plague us all?
- Can we make another religious city? Does Silicon Valley technically embody the paradigm of the great cities before: Jerusalem, Constantinople, the Vaticanm, etc.?
These are some links I find myself re-reading:
- Patrick Collison’s bookshelf
- Credible Target
- Open-sourcing the Andreessen Horowitz Library
- Alex Danco’s Newsletter
I previously worked at Sirona Medical as a software engineer.
In previous lives, I’ve worked at an insurtech firm; I made simulation software; I also worked at a crypto hedge fund (a buzzword buffet I know.) Earlier this year, I graduated from the University of Warwick with an economics degree.