I want to expand the reach of human knowledge and ability.
Right now, I'm trying to empower students. I co-direct long-term research at Khan Academy with May-Li Khoe. We're inventing ways to make powerful ideas more learnable and personally meaningful. I try to connect research to reality by also contributing engineering and product leadership to nearer-term work.
I write essays about thinking, learning, making, and more. A few:
“Blinded by how,” a personal cautionary tale on the subtle but serious dangers of neglecting “why” for “how”.
“Exalting data, missing meaning,” on the tangled dance of expert insight and data in unsystematized fields.
“Satisfaction and progress in open-ended work,” on finding steady ground in creative ambiguity.
“Musical tone and perceived disonnance,” on why we associate musical dissonance with tension.
Read on at Square Signals.
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