Thinking in Algorithms: My Conversation with Ali Almossawi [The Knowledge Project Ep. #38]
My guest for this episode of The Knowledge Project is a man who wears many hats.
Ali Almossawi is a San Francisco-based author of books on critical thinking and computer science education, and the creator of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. He is also a principal engineer at Apple and was formerly employed as a data visualization engineer by Mozilla.
His books have been read by 3 million readers, translated into 20 languages, and have sold over a quarter million copies in print.
This interview is only 20 minutes along, but there was a lot I wanted to cover, so we move pretty fast. Specifically, we cover:
- The unique format Ali chooses when writing a book to help people understand the concepts more deeply
- The place for empathy in algorithmic thinking and how we can be more empathetic in our daily interactions with each other
- Ali’s note taking process and how he tracks the ideas and topics he’d like to explore
- Ali’s daily routine and the “algorithms” he uses to make the most of his day
- The single habit that has the most profound impact on Ali’s day to day
- The cost/benefit of sharing on social media and the impact it has on society as a whole
If you’ve ever wanted to improve the way you process information, think more clearly and make better decisions, you won’t want to miss this interview.
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