Welcome to ESP

Splash Biography


Major: Computer Science

College/Employer: Claremont Colleges

Year of Graduation: 2018

Picture of Kent Shikama

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Past Classes

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X209: Go in Splash Spring 2017 (Feb. 25, 2017)
Learn to play Go, an abstract strategy board game that has been played for over 2000 years. The rules are very simple and yet it is said to be more complicated than chess. Whether you've never played before or are an experienced Go player, feel free to join!

M105: Decentralization, Freedom, and Privacy – Changing Your Lifestyle on the Internet in Splash Spring 2016 (Feb. 27, 2016)
Did you ever wonder what that green lock icon left of your URL bar on your browser was? Did you ever receive an .asc file attachment in an email or an email titled -----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE----- from some person? Do you have concerns with Facebook in terms of privacy and freedom? This course will be an interactive workshop-style journey that will get you set up with all the best practices for navigating the internet. We will cover cryptography and security on the internet, teach what it means to use Firefox as your browser, set you up with PGP, introduce to you Diaspora and the Federation, and get you spinning with a full node of a cryptocurrency.

M106: Hash Functions not Hash Browns in Splash Spring 2016 (Feb. 27, 2016)
As of this time of writing, the Bitcoin network has a hash rate of 463,352,741 GH/s, which means that it is doing more calculations per second than the top 500 supercomputers are capable of doing per second combined. Did you ever wonder what exactly is being calculated? Hashes. In one hour we will cover all you need to know about the hash function and its importance. We will cover what the hash function is, what you can hash, what the hash of "hash brown" is, how passwords are verified on a website, and how Bitcoin uses hashes.