This is a linkpost for https://matthewmcateer.me/blog/under-investigated-fields

This post from Sep 2019 suggests a bunch of academic fields that are under-explored.

Table of Contents🧙♂️

Origins of this List📃

THE LIST

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Lifelong learning- 💿
Transfer Learning- 🖇️
Computronium- 💣
Existential risks posed by technical debt- 🏗️
Higher-level programming languages (and actually building large systems with them)- 🗜️
Specialized Hardware for Probabilistic computing- 🛂
Intuitive Visual cryptographic proofs- 👨⚖️
Lexicographic conversions between algorithms and legal codes

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High-energy Radiation insulation- 🏺
High-density self-healing materials- 🌲
Incorporation of still-living materials into structures🐁

Biology

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Cryobiology- 🧫
Immortal Model Organisms- 🧬
Biological Radiation resistance- 📉
Chaotic systems in biology

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Intentionally Self-destructing organizations- 💰
Successful anti-corruption strategies- 👨🏭
Organizational psychology and operations for unions- 🏙️
Charter Cities- 🤷
How to account for the revealed preference problem

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Different categories of neural plasticity- 🤗
Extreme Empathy- 🧘
Healthy psychological baselines- 😰
Anti-neurosis & PTSD-resistance- 🧟♂️
Necroneurology- 🎲
Communication of Probability and Uncertainty

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Techniques for combining dependent instead of independent p-values for meta-analysis- 🔲
Experimental design using solutions to problems in Latin Squares- 🌐
Patterns among proofs for subspace-packing problems⚛️

Physics

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Increasing Iteration Speed of Experimental Physics- 🌀
Reservoir Computing for Dynamical Systems- 🧿
Ball Lightning- 🚀
Nuclear-powered propulsion for Aeronautics- ♾️
What is the actual value of “Mathematical beauty”?

I recommend pasting the table of contents from Matthew's post into your post -- that will make it much more likely that someone looking for writing about an area Matthew covered will actually find your post. (I assume you felt the post was too long/complex to be worth crossposting in full, and I agree.)

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Thanks for linking this, this looks really interesting! If anyone is aware of other similar lists, or of more information about those fields and their importance (whether positive or negative), I would be interested in that.

I think that

Is really really REALLY important, but not everyone agrees. You can find more information in this critical review. ๐

But seriously, I'd really love a deeper dive on many of these topics and other suggestions for academic disciplines