The Great Filter

A doomsday discovery

Thus far, astronomical observation has not shown evidence of extraterrestrial civilizations. This leads us to the famous question: Where is everybody? This apparent lack of life outside Earth seems to be at odds with the... continue »

Gun Laws

I have recently seen quite a bit of outrage on social media aimed towards gun control in the USA. I don’t know why facebook’s algorithms decided that I should care about a topic that bears... continue »

Visualizing Causal Models

I found it pretty annoying to quickly generate pictures of causal models in my research, for inclusion in presentations and latex documents. To fix this problem, I’ve used the visjs library to generate pngs of publication-quality causal models.

The code, as always, is on github

Try it here


For the past 2 years, I have been working with Joseph Lewis on a platform for quantified self data. Today, it is finally ready for use. There are many apps that gather data for you.... continue »

An Update

In middle 2014 I started thinking about a data-gathering tool for quantified-self info, with the explicit purpose of treating life as a machine learning problem. I am happy to say that for the past year, Joseph Lewis and I have been working on something I think is quite incredible.

We are very close to having a first version of the software we wrote available. I just wanted to say that I can’t wait to show off what we have accomplished. Our hope is to have a nice demo running by January!