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About Me

My primary interest is in how fields like AI, systems theory and cognitive science intersect in competitive settings. If there are people and machines competing with each other in complex ways for control of the future, I'm interested.

How do you make good decisions in these environments? Where are the trade-offs? What does the future hold if you choose one path over another? Those are the questions I pursue.

Public Research

Books

Each book represents the culmination of years of both primary and secondary research, with an emphasis on high-impact subjects like valuation, problem solving and strategy.

Valuation Games

Valuation Games

A study of how people and organizations use valuation manipulation as a tool to build, control and defend large pools of resources.

Strategic Complexity

Strategic Complexity

A manual for how to solve problems within the context of overwhelming complexity.

The AI Survival Guide

The AI Survival Guide

A guide about how both employees and entrepreneurs can stay relevant in the age of automation.

Edge: The Art of Ruthless Competition

Edge: The Art of Ruthless Competition

An in-depth (~70,000 words) exploration of competition as a concept, with a focus on how it manifests in games.

The Learning Factory

The Learning Factory

A step-by-step guide that revolves around how to leverage technology (such as spaced repetition flashcards) to maximize your memory potential.

Memory Fundamentals

Memory Fundamentals

A straightforward explanation of the basics of human memory.

Frequently Asked Questions About Learning & Memory

Frequently Asked Questions About Learning & Memory

A FAQ for how your memory works.

Public Research

Guides

A selection of free one-page guides that can point you in the right direction.

Managing the Exploration-Exploitation Dilemma

How to Be a World-Class Anything

The Value of Information

Boxing, Violence & the Brain

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I work with you?

    That depends on who you are and what you do. If you're the kind of person who thinks in quarterly increments, we shouldn't work together. You'll be out of business before you can pay an invoice anyway.

  • How do I contact you?

    To avoid bot spam, I don't have a contact form hereā€”just send me a message on LinkedIn instead.

  • Can I hire you full-time?

    It depends on the offer. The best I can say without hearing the details is "maybe."