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My self-summary
I'm an easygoing, somewhat nerdy NJ native currently working on a PhD in computer science at CMU. My social circle is mostly tied to CMU, so I'm hoping this site can hope me branch out and meet new people.

My idea of a fun time involves good food, interesting conversation, and laughter. I'm not much of a drinker and dislike any party where I need to yell to have a conversation. I'm mostly an introvert, but I like getting to know and understand people.
What I’m doing with my life
Researching CS, specifically artificial intelligence, and indirectly contributing to the inevitable Robot Apocalypse. My specific research topic is unusually easy for non-CS people to understand, so feel free to ask about it if you're curious.

Before this, I worked in quant trading for a while, but it became taxing on my soul. I didn't want my lifetime contribution to humanity to be making equity markets marginally more efficient. Finance will always be a backup, but I don't plan to go back to it. My current goal is to become a professor.

Like any good PhD student, I love learning about the world. I like that my work allows me to ponder (and maybe one day answer!) how the human mind works, what "intelligence" really is, and whether machines can ever truly have it. When I started college I planned to study humanities and social sciences, but eventually ended up in math and computer science. I still have a passion for topics like history and psychology though. I take my work seriously, but believe in work-life balance.
I’m really good at
I do a lot of game theory in my research and sometimes give lessons on it, so I've gotten pretty good at teaching children how to be cynical and convincing BFF's to betray each other.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm ethnically ambiguous.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have a serious man crush on George Orwell and love dystopian fiction in general. Some other books I like include: The Hitchhiker's Guide, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and Diplomacy. Ender's Game was a childhood favorite.

I have a pretty mainstream sense of humor -- Simpsons (from the 90's, not the later episodes), Arrested Development, 30 Rock, etc. As for movies, I really liked Airplane! but hated The Life Aquatic. Groundhog Day was fantastic, though I liked it more for its concept rather than its comedy.

I love almost all food. I'm particularly a fan of Thai, Japanese and (good) Indian food. I don't like most desserts or junk food.
Six things I could never do without
First levels of Maslow's hierarchy of needs
Second levels of Maslow's hierarchy of needs
Third levels of Maslow's hierarchy of needs
Fourth levels of Maslow's hierarchy of needs
A Chipotle barbacoa burrito bowl with guacamole (aka, self-actualization)
Hot showers <-- most important
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Human nature, good and evil, the meaning of "love", why actors/actresses bother getting married when they seem to divorce after 2 years anyway, how much a medieval king would have paid just to experience a window-seat view from a plane, whether I'll ever get to fulfill my childhood dream of traveling into space, whether the human race will survive for another 200 years (I'm cautiously optimistic), if science will ever conquer death, which superpower I would pick if I had my choice, etc.
On a typical Friday night I am
Board game night maybe?
You should message me if
The most important traits I value in a partner are kindness, open-mindedness, and intelligence. Here are some others on the list:

You don't seriously believe in astrology.

You're perfectly happy spending a Friday night in.

You would have said No in the Milgram Experiment. (Although I admit probably everyone thinks they would say No.)

Most importantly: you are a kind, giving person that views relationships as cooperative, not competitive.
The two of us