David Dalrymple is an American computer science graduate student in the Harvard Biophysics PhD program studying worm Caenorhabditis elegans neurobiology and advanced microscopy. At age eight, he was invited by Neil Gershenfeld to a White House event to demonstrate a device he had built using Lego Mindstorms. At age nine, he joined Ray Kurzweil as a speaker at TED, and at age 14, he was the youngest person ever to enroll in an MIT graduate program. In 2005, he obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics at age 13 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He received a Master of Science degree in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab with a 5.0 GPA at age 16 and was a student at Singularity University in 2010.
He has worked at MIT Media Lab Center for Bits and Atoms, Cambridge, MA, USA on new programming paradigms such as “Reconfigurable asynchronous logic automata: (RALA)”. On November 30, 2011, he lectured in Marvin Minsky‘s MIT class 6.868 (Society of Mind) on the topic of “Mind vs. Brain: Confessions of a Defector”. Early entrepreneurial efforts included selling photography and fractal art, fundraising for multiple sclerosis charity, and portable camera-like devices to “read” street signs and menus aloud into headphones (to assist visually impaired individuals). He has written essays for Edge.org every year since 2007. In 2012, he obtained a research grant from the Thiel Foundation to establish new approaches to brain analysis and control. He works for Twitter as an engineer as of May, 2014.