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

Computing Up Dave Ackley

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

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

    Martha White: Sparse is Rich

    Martha White: Sparse is Rich

    Martha White, associate professor of Computing Science at University of Alberta (🔗, 🔗) joins Michael and Dave in a conversation about AI, system prediction and control, the power of sparse representations, and many aspects of machine learning from new mathematical theory to the absolutely practical control of a real water treatment plant.
    [Thumbnail based on image used courtesy of Martha White]

    • 56 min
    Rich Sutton Brings Reinforcements

    Rich Sutton Brings Reinforcements

    Computer scientist Rich Sutton, FRS (🔗, 🔗, 🔗), a quiet giant of machine learning, joins Michael and Dave in a sprawling conversation touching on reinforcement learning, a hopeful view of AI, the importance of ideas, and a host of other topics.
    [Thumbnail image used courtesy of Rich Sutton]

    • 54 min
    The Living Computation Theory of Everything

    The Living Computation Theory of Everything

    Michael interviews Dave about his recent video (YouTube) on a 'theory of everything'. The conversation begins with Michael praising Dave for finally doing some theory, and descends from there.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Oren Etzioni All Over

    Oren Etzioni All Over

    Oren Etzioni, founding CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at University of Washington, (🔗, 🔗, 🔗) joins Michael and Dave in a conversation that ranges all over, from AI hype and language models to alignment and existential risk and ethics and morality to information pollution and cryptography and politics and more.
    [Thumbnail based on image licensed CC BY-SA 4.0 by Carissapod link]

    • 53 min
    Beautiful Messiness with Jonathan Frankle

    Beautiful Messiness with Jonathan Frankle

    Jonathan Frankle, the new Chief Scientist - Neural Networks at Databricks (🔗, 🔗, 🔗), joins Michael and Dave in a fast conversation about topics ranging from AI risks and fairness to the problems of Computer Science education to the beautiful messiness of modern deep learning.
    [Thumbnail based on image courtesy of Jonathan Frankle]

    • 58 min
    Love Hate Writing

    Love Hate Writing

    Michael and Dave talk about their love and hate relationships with writing, in the context of Dave's foray into publishing "Companionate Caring" and Michael's upcoming MIT Press book "Code to Joy".  
    (This conversation is Part 2 of Where The Hell Have Michael & Dave Been?)

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

5 Ratings

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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