About me

Gopal Sarma
MD Candidate, Emory University School of Medicine
PhD in Applied Physics, Stanford University
AB in Mathematics, Harvard University
Email: gopalsarma [at] outlook [dot] com
Other: [GitHub][GoogleScholar][ScientificGeneralists.org]

I’m a scientist, programmer, and physician-in-training.

My background is in mathematics, physics, data science, and software engineering. After completing my PhD at Stanford and prior to joining the Emory University School of Medicine, I worked for several years as a software engineer for Wolfram Research. My educational and career trajectory has largely been motivated by an interest in understanding and shaping the impact of software systems and artificial intelligence on society.

I am interested in a wide array of contemporary issues ranging from privacy and surveillance, bias and discrimination arising in machine learning systems, and the use of computational modeling and data science in biomedicine. I also research longer-term possibilities of superintelligence, intelligence explosions, and AI takeoff. I have worked with underserved populations through the alcohol and narcotics rehabilitation programs at the Salvation Army in Cambridge, MA as well as Grady Memorial Hospital, the VA Hospital, Emory University Hospital, and multiple outpatient clinics in Atlanta, GA. I collaborate with scientists, policy makers, health care professionals and others to ensure that artificial intelligence and software systems are humanely designed so as to be positive forces for justice, diversity, and the evolution of an equitable society.

I am actively involved in the emerging discipline of metascience, the systematic study of science itself, with a view towards understanding broad scientific trends and their policy implications. I have researched and written extensively on a variety of metascientific topics, ranging from the multi-generational impact of the structure of graduate education and the training of scientists to the interplay between the reproducibility crisis and research in the theory of superintelligence.