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Tommy Moffat.


Tommy is currently researching the intersection of quantum computing and artificial intelligence, a niche field known as quantum machine learning.

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The first step in learning anything is unlearning whatever you believe you already know."
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My Story


When I was 8 years old, I fell in love with technology through competitive robotics that led me around the world for nearly 7 years. I joined one of the first TKS programs to launch in Toronto, and I’ve since been exposed to dozens of emerging technologies through life-changing experiences - I’ve worked in a cancer lab, consulted for industry titans like Airbnb and Walmart, and interned with innovative companies like Zero Gravity Labs. Last summer, I joined the world-renowned startup accelerator - Creative Destruction Lab - for their cutting-edge quantum machine learning stream where I worked alongside leading researchers and entrepreneurs in the field. Now I’m continuing to work with quantum computing to discover new molecules that can be used in metamaterials for things like self-assembly and 4D-printing.
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TKS fundamentally shifted my mindset from passive to active growth."
Tommy Moffat

How has TKS impacted me?


TKS fundamentally shifted my mindset from passive to active growth. I’ve developed the wisdom to have a clear understanding of my long-term growth trajectory and the self-agency to act on it. That change has enabled me to grow by several orders of magnitude in a very short period of time, ultimately yielding me a deep understanding of myself, the world, and the toolkit of emerging technologies that will inevitably transform the future.

How is TKS different from other programs?


I’ve never seen a program that wasn’t designed for vertical development: linear growth constrained to a singular focus area. TKS is fundamentally different because it aims to develop people holistically through a combination of broad, horizontal growth, and deep, vertical growth. In that sense, it’s much less a program than it is a way of life since it’s completely transformed my outlook on life and personal development.

Advice I would have given to myself before I joined TKS:


Unlike the classroom or the workforce, TKS is NOT a zero-sum game. The competitive atmosphere of the former is replaced by a rich, collaborative environment where students collectively diverge from the norm and reach far above it. Many of the people in TKS will start the next generation of unicorn companies working on some of the hardest problems in the world. Leverage the environment for your own growth, and build deep - even lifelong - relationships through a shared growth mindset.
The consequence of significantly mitigating risk is success that’s inconsequential."
Vinod Khosla
My favorite quote
Many of the people in TKS will start the next generation of unicorn companies working on some of the hardest problems in the world."
Tommy Moffat

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