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Conversations about computation writ large, with Michael Littman and Dave Ackley.

Feb 1, 2020

Computer scientist and biologist Melanie Moses joins Michael and Dave in a conversation ranging from biology nerds vs computing nerds to the future of justice in the United States, with a whole lot of scaling along the way.


Jan 1, 2020

Michael Carbin, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, joins Michael and Dave to discuss neural net lottery tickets, computing with uncertainty and more.

[Cover photo courtesy of Michael Carbin]


Dec 1, 2019

Zander Furnas helps Dave get a clue about political science, in theory and in practice -- from authoritarianism to democracy, and from Congressional staffer's incentives to Elizabeth Warren's plan for lobbyists, and whether there's hope for society after all.

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Nov 2, 2019

Dave and Michael revisit the meaning of life (the subject of the second Computing Up conversation) in the context of politics and society and human destiny.

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Sep 30, 2019

Inspired by a WIRED profile of Karl Friston, Dave and Michael talk about theories of everything, and theories thereof.

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