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

Jul 6, 2020

Michael and Dave talk with UC Berkeley sociologist Jenna Burrell about topics ranging from algorithmic fairness and transparency, to anthropology and epistemology, to viral tweets and why small is beautiful.

[Title image courtesy of Jenna Burrell]


Jun 7, 2020

Dave hates theory.  Michael disagrees.


May 3, 2020

Michael and Dave talk with mathematician, computer scientist, and puzzle maker Peter Winkler, about topics ranging from randomness to free will, and combinatorics to Sleeping Beauty, and John Horton Conway to Erdős number 1. And don't miss the bonus puzzle!

Conway's (first) Princeton Lecture

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Apr 1, 2020

Michael and Dave talk about pandemic models and simulation journalism, programming languages, and what people really want.

Washington Post's simulator is here


Mar 1, 2020

Michael and Dave talk to Brown University neuroscientist Michael J Frank about topics from brains and minds, to engineering and machine learning, to dopamine and Parkinson's disease and New Age woo.