Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016

Preamble: this piece is a work in progress.

What Neil Thomas Barduson is trying to do with his lifes work?

In short,

Instantaneously feeding human curiosity with accessible, lucid, compelling, and veracious information.

Why? I think a strong variable in each humans best shot at a quality life is access to lucid, compelling, and veracious education. And more a educated society, I would argue is a more prosperous one.

I am interested on how each human being that has ever lived and will live, goes about intellectually progressing themselves. From antiquity, the average person would learn about the world from vocally communicating with the villages experiences; to now where a person can experience a virtual world rendering of another persons theory across the globe. We went from learning how to make fire from the elders in village to learning about DNA through VR within the context of your own DNA. Will we get to holodeck status? I sure hope so.

Which leads me, the answer would be creating the holodeck. However, from what I have understood of the physics and computer science, the resources and complexity of that are astronomical and aren’t feasible in my life time. So which leads to what I am working on now. That is making education as much of a video game as possible.

Four metrics of information / education.

1) accessibility: we all can’t have 1 on 1s with Einstein learning physics. However we all have access with videos of Einsteins lectures / main ideas.

2) lucidity: learning complex math concepts from Michael from Vsauce is more clear than learning them from a foreign speaking TA in a mass lecture hall.

3) compelling: learning genetics is more fun to learn if its your genes and seeing the actual genes transcript is more fun than reading a hypothetical person. It is more fun to learn stats through the context of your league of legends or fantasy football stats than a hypothetical problem sets

4 veraciousness: whenever learning, its imperative to have a sense of the most recent data behind the concept. Especially in the softer sciences where its concepts are not binary, but on a continuum of truthi-ness.