Brooklyn: A Brooklyn high-schooler takes on the world

When an enemy spacecraft is bearing down on you at warp speed, intent on obliterating every molecule of your being, it’s imperative that you take action, post-haste. But not everyone is equally adept. Thomas Zhou, however, has proven to be preternaturally brilliant at vanquishing a multitude of formidable adversaries. The 17-year-old senior at Brooklyn Technical High School has been holding steady in the top 10 on the global leaderboard throughout most of a fiercely-fought, worldwide cyber competition called Halite II.

Halite II is an open-source platform sponsored and overseen by Two Sigma, a Manhattan-based hedge fund and tech firm founded by John Overdeck and David Siegel that manages tens of billions of dollars of assets and utilizes AI and machine learning in its trading practices.

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