ABOUT Steven Gong

Who is this guy?

Hey there! Thanks for taking the time to learn about me and what I do...this is my portfolio website, a place for me to self-reflect and look back on my experiences over the years. I write about the projects that I have worked on, host my own blog, and work on different fun things such as book reviews.
My current favorite music genre is japanese alternative rock!
A brief introduction

To me: Steven Gong

I love working on challenging projects that makes life exciting to live, solving puzzles and unlocking mysteries. After all, I am a gamer (I can't stop playing Among Us right now!!). I love innovating and finding new ways to think about and build things. I live my life like a video game with a quest to unlock. For me, that quest is understanding humanity and the greater world that we live in.

I have a general interest for engineering. Computer Science and Aerospace (specifically astronautics) are the two most fascinating topics for me. However, I also have a deep interest for philosophy, sociology, linguistics, psychology and humanities. I get excited understanding human beings and building awesome technology can help us live in a better world.

Day-to-day

My areas of Focus

I am constantly trying to expand my depth of knowledge and skill. My main tool of the trade currently is programming. I love to code because it is limitless. A combination of the artistic and the logical. Here are the main things I spend my time on.
Product
Design
Software
‍Development
Community
Projects
Learning as
a student
Filmmaking
Writing

My Experience

I have comprehensive leadership experience in various industries, coupled with real-world technical programming experience. I take a holistic approach at problem-solving and enjoy challenging myself by facing the unknown.
2014 - present

Royal Canadian Air Cadets

Rised to attain the highest achievable rank as a cadet within the Royal Canadian Air Cadets program, leading 150+ cadets in the squadron.
Warrant officer first class + PILOT
2018- 2018

McGill University

I took part in the Prometheus Project, led by Prof. Joseph Vybihal, where I write AI algorithms and neural networks and develop next-generation intelligent systems, robots learning to work together in order to accomplish tasks.
Researcher
2018- present

BrebeufHx

BrebeufHx is a 2-day hackathon which works with non-profit organizations and aims to solve real problems in society by bringing together pre-university students from different backgrounds and helping them develop innovative solutions.
Co-Founder
2019 - 2020

Aquantix AI 

Interned as a software developer for Aquantix AI, a platform which quantifies and forecasts the effects of climate change on your portfolio.
Internship
2019 - Present

Kurius

Founded Kurius, a non-profit youth organization that was created to provide the tools necessary for the youth to change the world with technology. I organize weekly meetings and plan the expansion of this organization.
FOUNder & CEO

My Worldviews

If there was an ultimate goal in life, I think it would be along the lines of answering why we are here. I think we can do that in two ways:

  1. Understanding more about ourselves as human beings
  2. Understanding more about the world around us

Everyday, I wake up with the goal to further my understanding of these two things. Through social sciences such as sociology and psychology, I learn about the way humans behave both individually and as a society (this is extremely important because humans are social species, and behaviours at the micro and macro scale can differ widely such as witnessed in mob mentality). Through pure sciences such as physics and mathematics and computer science, I can have a better grasp of how the world behaves around us. Together, they form my understanding of this world and help me frame the right questions to ask and solve.

Founder of Kurius

Kurius is a nonprofit organization that empowers the youth to change the world with technology

I started Kurius in the summer of 2019 to bring together my two intrigues for society and technology. Within the organization, I organize events, lead a strong team, and am building on an online platform that will connect developers to organizations to help them tackle real-world problems.

Now

  • Working on a new startup
  • Building a new Kurius initiative
  • Learning cinematography
  • Creating a personal website
  • Writing my own book
  • Applying for university
  • Travel to Silicon Valley during summer
    Canceled :(

Finding meaning through technology, society and human beings

Furthermore, I think that there are 2 phases that humans are trying to get through. Human progress should be measured with these two scales:

  1. Eliminate unnecessary sufferings in the world (this includes problems such as poverty, diseases, injustices, etc.)
  2. Understanding why we are here. Solving the mysteries of the universe. This is why colonizing other planets is important, in order to expand human consciousness.

Point One: I think we can all agree that we would rather not suffer. Suffering is pain, and nobody wants that. If everyone could live and happy and fulfilling life, that would be a giant leap for humanity.

Point Two: Even when everyone lives a happy and fulfilling life, there is still the ultimate question of the universe that we need to answer: Why are we here? These are the first-world questions and problems. Once everyone can stop worrying about when they will be able to eat their next meal, we can and should consolidate all of our resources to answer these questions. Colonizing Mars, becoming an interplanetary species with a greater mastery of the universe is one of the many steps we can take to expand global human consciousness. This is one of the reasons I am so passionate about technology. Its potential is limitless, it is our tool to shed light in darkness, for alone we are powerless, yet with tools such as spears and axes, we have been able to become the kings of planet Earth (with that comes enormous responsibility obviously. Sustainability is another extremely important issue).

Montreal, Quebec
Speaking @BrebeufHx, 2019

Building a better future for society through technology

As I said before, I believe in an exciting future for humanity. Technology should serve our society, and I actively work towards that goal every day in my life.
“Young people, when informed and empowered, when they realize that what they do truly makes a difference, can indeed change the world.”
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Popular Questions About steven GOng

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What is your favorite sport?

I love badminton!!!! I currently play Division 1 on my school's varsity team.

Who do you look up to?

Currently, I look up to Leonardo Da Vinci and Elon Musk for their ingeniosity, grit and talent.

Is water wet?

Yes. A water particle surrounded by other water particles is wet. Fight me.

Favorite YouTube Video?

The clash between Jordan Peterson and Cathy Newman was one of the most entertaining things I have watched. How Jordan Peterson kept such a cool composure while Cathy Newman was basically trying to put words into his mouth every two seconds. Watch it here.

In essence, the interview went like this:
Jordan Peterson
: Dog is a man's best friend.
Cathy Newman: So you're saying women are dog abusers.

Note: If you are wondering my political views on this subject, I am a feminist who believes in equality of opportunity, but not equality of outcome.

Do you believe in free will?

I think free will is simply an illusion. Everything can be broken down to a set of chemical reactions. The past determines the future. Yet, we cannot perfectly predict the future because of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle.

Other Questions?

Shoot me a message here. I'd be happy to answer you!