Tom Lehman (aka LEMONNN) is the co-founder, CTO, and, for its first two years, sole developer of Rap Genius.
Before that he created BetterMetroNorth, before that he was a programmer at hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and before thattttttt he met his Rap Genius co-founders at Yale where he majored in Ethics, Politics, Economics, Mathematics and Philosophy… 5 majors (just kidding – it’s actually just two joint majors).
Here is a video of him explaining why “worse is better” to a group of young MIT hackers at HackMIT 2013 (pardon the portrait orientation!):
You have fifteen seconds. Using standard math notation, English words, or both, name a single whole number—not an infinity—on a blank index card. Be precise enough for any reasonable modern mathematician to determine exactly what number you’ve named, by consulting only your card and, if necessary, the published literature.
SO… WHAT DO YOU DO??!?!
Really the question boils down to “name the fastest growing sequence”.. and the trick is to come up with a sequence that grows faster than ANY COMPUTABLE SEQUENCE (wow..)
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