Maxim Garaba

Web Developer in Rīga, Latvija

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I was born in 1997 in Russia and moved to Latvia in 2004, where I went to school. I happily played Table Tennis during 2009-2013, but one day broke my ankle. I cried myself to sleep, and on that day I realized what horrors centralized services can bring. I soon decided to quit, because on the recovery time i understood that i was'nt actually so good, like i thought...

In 2013, searching for a new purpose in life, I discovered Javascript. At first, I was skeptical, and did not understand how it could possibly bring to me any net worth. But slowly I became more and more interested. I started reading every single book in local library and every article about Javascript and JS frameworks.

In late 2016, I participated in a high school programming competition where players program the code for a team of simulated robots that then fight each other. I won third place. Someone asked me: what was my strategy? Others gave command-and-control strategies such as "I went for the center". I simply replied "I gave each agent a utility function and let them independently act to maximize their own objectives". That moment would inform my political beliefs for years to come.

My interests include math, algorithms, cryptography, mechanism design, economics, social science, politics (I *love* pointing out similarities between governance challenges of "apolitical" crypto projects and the eternal stupidity that is mainstream geopolitics), rationalist philosophy, and the intersection of it all.

Age: 20 (for now)

Drinks/smokes/drugs: green tea

Religion: crypto