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Vaden Masrani, a PhD student in machine learning at UBC and Ben Chugg, a research fellow at Stanford Law School, get into trouble arguing about everything except machine learning and law. Coherence is somewhere on the horizon. Love, bribes, suggestions, and hate-mail all welcome at incrementspodcast@gmail.com.

Increment‪s‬ Ben Chugg and Vaden Masrani

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Vaden Masrani, a PhD student in machine learning at UBC and Ben Chugg, a research fellow at Stanford Law School, get into trouble arguing about everything except machine learning and law. Coherence is somewhere on the horizon. Love, bribes, suggestions, and hate-mail all welcome at incrementspodcast@gmail.com.

    #19 - Against Longtermism FAQ

    #19 - Against Longtermism FAQ

    Back in the ring for round two on longtermism! We (Ben somewhat drunkenly) respond to some of the criticism of episode #17 and our two essays (Ben's, Vaden's) We touch on: Ben's hate mail from his piece on cliodynamicsLongtermism as implying altruistic...

    • 1 hr 30 min
    #18 - Work Addiction

    #18 - Work Addiction

    Bit of a personal episode this one is! Ben learns how to be a twitter warrior while Vaden has a full-on breakdown during quarantine. Who knew work addiction was actually a real thing? And that there are 12 step programs for people who identify as being...

    • 34 min
    #17 - Against Longtermism

    #17 - Against Longtermism

    Well, there's no avoiding controversy with this one. We explain, examine, and attempt to refute the shiny new moral philosophy of longtermism. Our critique focuses on The Case for Strong Longtermism by Hilary Greaves and Will MacAskill. We say so in the...

    • 1 hr 30 min
    # 16 - Social Media II: Conversation, Privacy, and Odds & Ends

    # 16 - Social Media II: Conversation, Privacy, and Odds & Ends

    Vaden comes battle-hardened and ready to debate and is met with ... a big soft hug from Ben. Ben repents his apocalyptic sins and admits that Vaden changed his mind. Again. God dammit this is getting annoying. To his credit, Vaden only gloats for 10...

    • 50 min
    #15 - Social Media I: Manipulation, Outrage, and Documentaries

    #15 - Social Media I: Manipulation, Outrage, and Documentaries

    Alright spiders, point this at your brain. Ben and Vaden do a deep dive into the recent Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma and have a genuine debate, just like the good ol' days.  Topics touched:Why Vaden dislikes documentaries, and this one in...

    • 1 hr 22 min
    #14 (C&R Series) - Prediction, Prophecy, and Fascism

    #14 (C&R Series) - Prediction, Prophecy, and Fascism

    The third in the Conjectures and Refutations series, we cover Chapter 16: Prediction And Prophecy in the Social Sciences. There's a bit more Hitler stuff in this one than usual (retweets  ≠ endorsements), but only because he provides a clear example of...

    • 1 hr 8 min

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