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Michael Nielsen

Writer, scientist and programmer, Toronto, Canada

Michael Nielsen is a writer, scientist, and programmer. Originally trained as a theoretical physicist, he worked on quantum computing for 15 years at institutions that include the California Institute of Technology and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. As he pursued that work, Michael became fascinated by the potential of the Internet and collective intelligence to change the way scientific research is done, and in 2008 he left his job as a tenured professor to pursue that interest. He is the author of Reinventing Discovery (Princeton University Press, 2011), a book describing how the Internet is changing science. His current major project is a technical book about artificial intelligence and neural networks.

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