Apr 2, 2019
In this episode I talk to Evan Miyazono about tackling metaresearch questions, how novel physical phenomena go from "oh that's cool" to devices that harness cutting edge physics, and how we could better incentivize the creators of innovations where traditionally it's hard to capture value, like open-source software and early-stage research.
Evan is a research scientist at Protocol Labs where he helps lead their research efforts - coordinating researchers both inside and outside the company. Protocol labs is best known for Filecoin: a blockchain application for distributed storage. At the same time they also have a much larger mission that we get into in the podcast. Before joining Protocol Labs, Evan did his PhD at Caltech where he worked on turning crazy physics into practical devices for cryptography.
Cloud Seeding - From the abstract: "The intent of glaciogenic seeding of orographic clouds is to introduce aerosol into a cloud to alter the natural development of cloud particles and enhance wintertime precipitation in a targeted region. ... Despite numerous experiments spanning several decades, no direct observations of this process exist."
SourceCred - a tool to help open source contributors capture the value of their contributions.
Evan on Google Scholar if you want to go really deep. Try saying "Coupling of erbium dopants to yttrium orthosilicate photonic crystal cavities for on-chip optical quantum memories" three times fast.