33 episodes

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

Computing Up Dave Ackley

    • Technology

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

    Melanie Moses Scales Up - Computing Up 32nd Conversation

    Melanie Moses Scales Up - Computing Up 32nd Conversation

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

    • 54 min
    Michael Carbin Computes the Winning Ticket & More - Computing Up 31st Conversation

    Michael Carbin Computes the Winning Ticket & More - Computing Up 31st Conversation

    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]

    • 48 min
    Zander Furnas on Politics as Computation - Computing Up Thirtieth Conversation

    Zander Furnas on Politics as Computation - Computing Up Thirtieth Conversation

    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.

    • 44 min
    Living Computation and Society - Computing Up Twenty-Ninth Conversation

    Living Computation and Society - Computing Up Twenty-Ninth Conversation

    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.

    [Photo by Jeffrey Lee on Unsplash]

    • 39 min
    Theories of Theories of Everything - Computing Up Twenty-Eighth Conversation

    Theories of Theories of Everything - Computing Up Twenty-Eighth Conversation

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

    [WIRED Article: https://www.wired.com/story/karl-friston-free-energy-principle-artificial-intelligence/ ]

    • 35 min
    Brian Christian's Algorithms - Computing Up Twenty-Seventh Conversation

    Brian Christian's Algorithms - Computing Up Twenty-Seventh Conversation

    Author Brian Christian talks about "Algorithms to Live By", and computing writ large, with Michael and Dave.

    [Cover photo by Michael Langan courtesy of Brian Christian]

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

andrewwalpole ,

Incredible, insightful, nerdy conversations!

This is an absolutely wonderful computer science podcast like no other I’ve ever come across. Insightful and often funny conversations between Dave and Michael. They manage to mix ideas of philosophy and software perfectly, offering delightfully refreshing points of view across the landscape of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Systems.

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