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

Sep 6, 2020

Dave tries to explain his "We are coders" approach to cognition to Michael, as part of developing the second lecture in the "Introduction to Classical Hyperspace" series.


Aug 1, 2020

Computer scientists Emma Brunskill of Stanford and Phil Thomas of UMass Amherst join Michael and Dave in a four-way discussion of safety and fairness in AI and machine learning.

[The primary paper discussed, Preventing undesirable behavior of intelligent machines, is by Philip S. Thomas, Bruno Castro da
Silva, Andrew G....

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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