Eliezer Shlomo Yudkowsky (born September 11, 1979) is an American writer and Artificial Intelligence researcher.
Author of Three Worlds Collide and Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, the shorter works Trust in God/The Riddle of Kyon and The Finale of the Ultimate Meta Mega Crossover, and various other fiction. Helped found and is probably the most prolific poster to the blog/discussion site Less Wrong, and is currently writing a book on rationality.
Tropes describing Yudkowsky's work:
- Author Tract: His theories and avatars crop up a fair bit in his fictional works.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Eliezer's hatred of death appears as a recurring theme in his stories.
- Mind Screwdriver: "The Finale of the Ultimate Meta Mega Crossover" is this for the ending of Permutation City by Greg Egan. On the other hand, the explanation involves quite a bit of theoretical computer science.
- Reference Overdosed: Eliezer loves his ShoutOuts. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality has at least one in most chapters, while the first half of "The Finale of the Ultimate Meta Mega Crossover" has several per paragraph. Even Three Worlds Collide includes Fate/stay night in a list of "classic" literature.