RE: The Rise and Fall of Siraj Raval
What an interesting story. Thanks for that and the well researched links. I think success tempts you to get high flights. Without me having read any more details, this is a first guess, based on how you describe the situation and person. Perhaps also an act of self-sabotage, which interestingly enough is often to be found in us humans, even if we enjoy the success outwardly.
AI doesn't seem to me to be such a niche topic at all, because it is discussed from many sides, not only among the coders and programmers, but also the psychological and philosophical aspects, just as the social aspects seem to play an ever greater role here. This is what I found recently:
Bye to Austria!