Welcome to my home pageYou can find my previous homepage here.
RESUMEHere's my resume .
The most recent update is to the "skills" section. Make sure you have a current copy!
NEIGHBORHOODHere's an aerial view of the street where I live. go
I assembled it from aerial photo images from "MapQuest". I haven't had a chance to mark my house with a "your are here" arrow yet.
I needed to determine my longitude and latitude to control the photo range. In case you're interested, I live at:
- latitude: 38N 51' 54", longitude: 77W 23' 42"
- (latitude: 38.865, longitude: -77.395)
CONTESTWhile working at IBM, I authored one problem for the "ACM South Central USA Regional Programming Contest". My problem was number 8 in the problem set. It's a geomtric constraint problem and it involves counting the number of feasible solutions. You can read it here.
One team submitted a correct solution, and succeded on the first try!
IDEASI plan to share a few of my ideas on this page.
Feel free to share your comments and criticisms. Also, feel free to inform me about related work. I'll be happy to learn about it and reference it.
Some of the ideas I'll document here are:
1. self replicator
2. cryptographic obfuscation
3. robot arena simulator
4. vr-topographies and vehicles
5. credit asignment by selling information
ABOUT MESOME PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:
I think I'm patient and reflective.
I've been inventing machines and things for as long as I can remember. I'd like to keep doing that forever.
I've always had the feeling that I could reinvent the world if given a chance. Like the song "if we through it all, my way, things can only get better" (Howard Jones I think).
I don't like conforming to expectations. If there's a way to do something that no one has tried, I'd rather do it that way.
INTERESTS AND HOBBIESI like putt-putt golf and crockett. I love games like crockett, where you make up the rules as you go. It's a great learning experience when you play with people who care about rules and fair play and also want to win.
I really enjoyed the video game "boulderdash". I've always wanted to put together an arcade video game. So far, I've only built pieces.
I love reading about nanotechnology, and evolutionary biology, and computing devices, and robotics, and design contests, and virtual reality.
My wife and I enjoy movies. I liked "the matrix", and "real genius", and "what dream may come", and "being john malkovich". I like music by "cure", and "waterboys", and "cardigans", "veruca salt", "eddie brickell", "talk talk", and a bunch more.
I really enjoy philosophy. The kinds I like are "evolutionary epsitemology", "poper falsifiability", "computational cosmology", "quantum many worlds", "consciousness explained", "viruses of the mind", "rand heresy", and similar stuff.
I'm really into adaptive machines. I've studied neural networks, genetic algorithms, classifier systems, self configuration. In science fiction, whenever you put two machines together, they learn to talk to each other and start working together. So far, machines don't do this, but they should.
FRIENDS AND FAMILYI tried to find as many friends and acquaintances as I could on the web. Here's the list I have so far: (as of Dec-2001)
Friend from grad school: Darrel Duane
My dad: Humphrey Nash
A friend from Parabon Computation Dale Newfield
My sister and her business: Meg Nash
My friend and boss from Apple Computer: Ted Kaehler
Collegue from plasma physics: Dr. Bill Peter
My team at IBM: Open Justice
Collegue from George Mason Economics: Dr. Don Lavoie . I was shocked to lean that Dr. Lavoie died recently. go I might never have had another chance to visit Dr. Lavoie, but now that he's gone I remember him well and wish I'd spoken with him more.
Collegue from George Mason Economics: Howard Baetjer (also from Bill Tulloh, and Kevin Lacobie).
I attended meetings of the "Krasnow Institute" for cognitive psychology at George Mason. I remember:
- Jim Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, George Mason University
- Harold Morowitz, Director, The Krasnow Institute
My friend and coworker from Apple Computer: Jay Fenton (also here )
Collegues from George Mason Genitic Algotirhms:
- Mitch Potter
- Bill Spears
- Alan Schultz
- Dr. Jayshree Sarma
Friend and Boss from Parabon Computation: John J. Grefenstette (also Brian Sletten)
Collegues from Apple Computer:
- Mark S. Miller
- Dean Tribble
- Robin Hanson
FAVORITE WEBSITES- Extropian Phillosophy
- Artificial Life
- Alternative Institutions
- Positive Atheism
- Minimal Machinery for Computation
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