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What are you working on now?

I read the post where a staff member mentioned that the Physics Technique Trainer is in the "long-term agenda." That made me wonder: what do you see happening in the short-term agenda? I've seen the new computer science problems (Thank you so much!), but what else are you working on?

Thanks, Michael

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3 years, 3 months ago

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Hi Michael,

I guess I'll be a little less cagy, but I am still going to be pretty vague. We don't like making promises before things exist, because it stinks to have to go back on the things we say. So don't think of these features as promises, but the work that is currently happening:

  • The usual cyclical weekly work to make Brilliant happen. This includes writing problems, reviewing user-submitted problems, evaluating user submitted solutions etc...There are a lot of man-hours devoted to making content for Brilliant. There is a tremendous amount of continual work making incremental improvements to site visual design, site speed etc... There is continual work being done looking at the behavior of how you all use the site to inform decisions on how to make it better. There are mountains of emails, and paper work, and meetings with people inside and outside the company.

  • Implementing computer science problems. As you all solve problems we learn about how to calibrate the difficulty of questions, how to change the design etc... It is a fresh feature so there is a lot to learn. We are also experimenting with offering hints to problems.

  • We are working on/already implementing a format on Brilliant.org to host team competitions. This is happening in Brazil right now. Note, only Brazilians enrolled in high school can participate in that competition. We wanted to have a game that is more fun and competitive, while having a problem solving experience that is free to be more collaborative and less solitary. Hopefully within a year, team competitions will be a regular and steady part of the conventional experience on Brilliant for everyone, and not just specific events that occur in specific places, around teams restricted by school. E.g. people coud adhoc form teams of Pokemon avatars vs. Cricket player avatars to compete on a star-wars themed number theory competition etc... If you are jealous of the Brazilians, be patient we intend for it to expand to others.

  • We are working on changing the solution submission process to something similar to this. Tim is a little telepathic. It has been an old idea of ours, and we are just getting around to it now.

  • We are going to begin to make incremental changes to the format of this discussions section, and also probably improve what people can convey and see about themselves on their profiles (more stats, less restrictive self-description fields). We will also probably begin to make the ability to browse and seek out user's of similar interests.

  • There is work going into writing and figuring out how to host more advanced and ambitious problems, that don't have integer answers.

I am forgetting some things, but that is the big stuff. Peter Taylor Staff · 3 years, 3 months ago

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@Peter Taylor The ideas sound terrific! Keep up the good work! Wishing you all the best! Mursalin Habib · 3 years, 3 months ago

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@Peter Taylor i have an idea that if u give us proof oriented problems then we should be given only one option to state whether it is a right proof or not and then if we can prove it then i will get more amount of points,also some proofs may be given which are wrong but will be right after some small modifications and we have to state that Superman Son · 3 years, 3 months ago

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