Postdoctoral researcher in computational developmental biology
Harvard Medical School, MIT CSAIL
60 Minutes NZ story describing Singularity University, hosted at NASA Ames. ( http://singularityu.org/ )
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The Flow Programming Language
? – present
I'm designing an entirely new type of programming language that solves the multicore dilemma, which is the problem caused by the fact that individual processor core speeds are plateauing and Moore's Law is continuing in the exponential growth in the number of cores per processor, while at the same time software technology is not keeping up. What few people realize is that the multicore dilemma doesn't merely indicate that we are entering an era of slower software, but it indicates that we're headed for a massive train-wreck of significantly buggier software, because humans are notoriously bad at designing complex code to make use of more than one processor core. I have discovered a fundamentally new way of building a programming language so that the language compiler can optimally and safely find the way to split up a program into pieces that can be safely run in parallel across multiple cores, recombining the results at the end. This specific mechanism I propose is the first truly scalable and sustainable solution to the multicore dilemma.
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Designing a new type of flying car
02/01/2010 – present
I'm designing a new type of flying car that is significantly safer and more maneuverable than most quadrocopter designs due to the rotors all being mounted on gimbals.
Luke Hutchison is a computer scientist and computational biologist from New Zealand who is searching for the genomic encoding of the structure of an organism. Luke Hutchison grew up programming computers, winning first place in the national ACM university-level computer programming competition with two high school friends before being disqualified for not being a university team. Luke went on to complete B.Sc. and B.Sc.(Hons) and M.S. degrees in computer science, and then completed a PhD in computer science at MIT while conducting research with Harvard Medical School. During the summers while at MIT, Luke interned at Google, studied intensive Chinese in Beijing, and worked to find interdisciplinary solutions to global grand challenges at Singularity University ( http://singularityu.org ). Luke speaks English, French, Korean and Chinese, and has traveled numerous times to China and North Korea to study human rights and freedom of information issues. Luke spends a lot of time thinking about the Goldbach Conjecture, how 3 billion base pairs of DNA in your genome turn into 100 trillion cells in your body, and how to build flying cars. Luke received a TED Fellowship in 2011.
I *love* Thai and Korean food. However, watching the movie "Forks Over Knives", along with meeting Dr. Esselstyn at TEDxCambridge, made me seriously rethink what I eat...
A funny story about me:
Not long ago I had the exhilarating privilege of performing a piano piece in front of a packed audience at the historic Seully Hall of the Boston Conservatory. The piece went well and the audience was very gracious in their applause. I should probably stop retelling the anecdote there, but the reality is I decided when I turned 30 that I was never too old to learn anything, and I should take up piano lessons. Two weeks after my first lesson, my piano teacher insisted that I perform with all her far more advanced students in the recital at the Conservatory. To perform a beginner piece at such a prestigious venue in front of such a large audience with only two weeks' training, and to do so alongside talented students, some of whom played at concert pianist level, was a truly humbling experience!