Spencer Greenberg on Singularity 1 on 1: To Become Better Thinkers – Study Our Cognitive Biases and Logical Fallacies

Yesterday I interviewed Spencer Greenberg for Singularity 1 on 1.

Spencer is the Chief Executive Officer of Rebellion Research, the quantitative hedge fund that he co-founded in 2005 at the age of 22.

(As always you can listen to or download the audio file above or scroll down and watch the video interview in full.)

During our conversation with Spencer we discuss issues such as: the unique approach that Rebellion Research takes in investing; artificial intelligence and machine learning; the Black Swan factor and the abilities of AI to account for and react to unpredictable events; Spencer’s take on the technological singularity and our chances of surviving it; the cognitive biases and logical fallacies that humans are prone to exhibit.

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Who is Spencer Greenberg?

Spencer Greenberg is the CEO of Rebellion Research, a fund that applies machine learning technology to invest in the stock market. Mr. Greenberg graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University’s School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics and a minor in computer science. He is currently a math PhD candidate at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (all but dissertation), specializing in the mathematics of machine learning. Mr. Greenberg has spoken about artificial intelligence and investing on Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Radio, CNBC, Canada’s Business News Network, China’s Phoenix TV, in the Wall Street Journal, at Columbia Business School, and at the Stern School of Business.

Other information about Spencer: He co-writes AskAMathematician.com, a website with about 100,000 monthly page views where his co-author and him answer people’s math and physics questions. In addition, he is very much into rationality, and learning to debug the errors in our own minds and improve our sub-optimal behaviors. On his personal website – SpencerGreenberg.com, he shares his thoughts on these issues.

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  • Jack M.

    Do I want to give my investment money to a dude who can’t keep his headphones on?

  • http://www.singularityweblog.com/ Socrates

    Hi Jack, I personally would care more about his previous record on return on investment than whether he has good headphones or not…

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  • http://cmstewartwrite.wordpress.com/ CMStewart

    Cognitive bias and logical fallicy recognition should be taught in grades K through 12, in my opinion. People should graduate from high school with a strong foundation of logic and reason.

    Thank you for the investment advice, Mr. Greenberg.

  • http://www.singularityweblog.com/ Socrates

    I agree with you Cynthia, those really need to be a strong part of the curriculum.