10 episodes

Kitchen table-style conversations with some of the world’s brightest minds, exploring boundaries of human knowledge. Join us on a pursuit to discover the ideas, intuition, theories and thoughts behind these luminaries.

Luminary Luminary.fm

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3, 52 Ratings

Kitchen table-style conversations with some of the world’s brightest minds, exploring boundaries of human knowledge. Join us on a pursuit to discover the ideas, intuition, theories and thoughts behind these luminaries.

    David Danks on causality, human-technology interaction, and ethics of autonomous systems

    David Danks on causality, human-technology interaction, and ethics of autonomous systems

    David Danks is a professor of philosophy and psychology and head of the department of philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. His research lies at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science, and machine learning, with a recent focus on the ethics of and policy for autonomous systems such as self-driving vehicles and autonomous warfare. David is the author of Unifying the Mind: Cognitive Representations as Graphical Models, as well as, Building Theories: Heuristics and Hypotheses in Science.



    In our conversation with David, we cover: his journey into philosophy, learning models, causality, the impact of information overload on human cognition, and the role of trust in human-technology adoption cycles. David also shares his views on ethics and policy considerations for autonomous systems, and how we might think about agency and sovereignty for artificial intelligence-based systems.



    About and from Prof. David Danks:



    Website: https://www.cmu.edu/dietrich/philosophy/people/faculty/danks.html Publications: http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/ddanks/pubs.html Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=david+danks&btnG=



    Research:



    A Theory of Causal Learning in Children: Causal Maps and Bayes NetsEquilibria of the Recorla-Wagner ModelThe Psychology of Causal Perception and ReasoningAlgorithmic Bias in Autonomous Systems



    Assorted Links:



    Institute for Strategic Analysis: https://www.cmu.edu/isa/isa-people/faculty_affiliates/david-danks.html The Center for Informed Democracy and Social Cybersecurity: https://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2019/july/knight-foundation-disinformation.html 



    Luminary Podcast:



    Visit us:  https://www.luminary.fmFollow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/luminaryfmLuminary on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/luminary-fm 



    Music:



    Music used in this podcast: Simplex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0



    Chipper Doodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Mahzarin Banaji on the human mind and subconscious biases

    Mahzarin Banaji on the human mind and subconscious biases

    Mahzarin Banaji is an award-winning experimental psychologist and professor at the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Her research explores the human mind, why and how we think and feel in certain ways, especially in a social context, and frameworks for better identifying and addressing implicit human biases. She is the co-creator of the implicit association test, which has been used over 40 million times.



    In this episode, we cover: How human beings think and the nature of subconscious human biases; Mahzarin’s book, Blindspot: hidden biases of good people, Project implicit, and her many other initiatives seeking to address implicit cognitive biases. We also discuss the impact of technology on psychology research and how social media may influence human biases.



    About and from Prof. Mahzarin Banaji:



    Website: http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~banajiWebsite: https://psychology.fas.harvard.edu/people/mahzarin-r-banajiWikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahzarin_Banaji



    Research:



    Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People: http://blindspot.fas.harvard.edu/Book  Project Implicit: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicitImplicit Association Test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABSeKU2qJoIUnconscious Bias: https://news.aamc.org/video/interview-unconscious-bias-mahzarin-banajiMind Bugs | Mahzarin R. Banaji | TEDxBari : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFEaCFFsM2UEvaluations of Talent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWYflxJ5Lcw – evaluation of talent



    Assorted Links:



    Book Recommendations:Why Teach: In Defense of a Real Education https://www.amazon.com/Why-Teach-Defense-Real-Education/dp/162040107XThese Truths: A History of the United States: https://www.amazon.com/These-Truths-History-United-States/dp/0393635244



    Luminary Podcast:



    Visit us:  https://www.luminary.fmFollow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/luminaryfmLuminary on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/luminary-fm 



    Music:



    Music used in this podcast: Simplex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0



    Chipper Doodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    • 57 min
    Jonathan Aldrich on the design and evolution of programming languages

    Jonathan Aldrich on the design and evolution of programming languages

    Jonathan Aldrich is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the software engineering Ph.D. program at Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Software Research. Jonathan’s research focuses on software scalability. His work aims to improve software quality and programmer productivity through an interdisciplinary approach to software design. He has received the National Science Foundation career award and the Dahl-Nygaard prize.



    In our conversation with Jonathan, we cover his journey into research and academia, the evolution of programming languages, characteristics of the ideal programming language, as well as ways to measure software quality. He calls for a multi-disciplinary approach to designing programming languages. Jonathan also shares his recent research in building programming languages for writing web, mobile and blockchain applications.



    About and from Prof. Jonathan Aldrich:



    Website: https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~aldrichInstitute for Software Research, faculty page: https://www.isri.cmu.edu/people/core-faculty/aldrich-jonathan.htmlScholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=AzHmOtcAAAAJ&hl=enTwitter: https://twitter.com/jaldrichcmu



    Research:



    Obsidian (domain-specific language for writing safer smart contracts on the blockchain and other platforms): http://obsidian-lang.comWyvern (general-purpose language focused on security, modularity, and language extensibility): http://wyvernlang.github.ioPenrose (language for visualizing mathematical objects): http://www.penrose.ink/Interdisciplinary Programming Language Design: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~aldrich/papers/onward2018-pldesign.pdfDesign Intent: a Principled Approach to Application Security: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~aldrich/papers/cylab2009-slides.pdfUsing Capability-Based Modules to Enforce Secure Resource Usage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYkAzbhVcpM



    Assorted links:



    Institute for Software Research: https://www.isri.cmu.edu/Book Recommendation: Why we make mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/73874/why-we-make-mistakes-by-joseph-t-hallinan/9780767928069/



    Luminary Podcast:



    Visit us:  https://www.luminary.fmFollow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/luminaryfmLuminary on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/luminary-fm



    Music:



    Music used in this podcast: Simplex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0Chipper Doodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Amy Lippert on visual culture, images, and the celebrity phenomenon

    Amy Lippert on visual culture, images, and the celebrity phenomenon

    Amy Lippert is a former assistant professor of urban and social history at the University of Chicago, with a particular focus on visual imagery, visual culture, and mass production. She is the author of Consuming Identities: Visual Culture in Nineteenth Century San Francisco.



    In this episode, we cover: the nature, importance, and history of visual images, how visual images have influenced and intersected with society and culture, and why 19th century San Francisco is a unique case study in visual imagery and culture. We also discuss why celebrities exist and how images create and narrate stories around celebrities.



    Just a heads-up, we had some issues while this recording this episode which impacted the audio quality towards the end.



    About and from Prof. Amy Lippert:



    Website: https://amylippert.com



    Assorted links:



    Consuming Identities: https://www.consumingidentities.com The Visual Pedagogy of Reform: White Slavery in America: https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/td2vN5uhdmNw77bbIzKT/fullEmerging Scholars Lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jALc2EP8jL4History of printing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_printing WJT Mitchell: https://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/wjtmitchell Michael Baxandall, period eye: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Period_eyeMartin Jay: https://history.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/emeritus/martin-e-jay Walter Benjamin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_BenjaminThe Work of Art in the Era of Mechanical Reproduction: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Work_of_Art_in_the_Age_of_Mechanical_Reproduction Louis Daguerre: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_DaguerreDaguerreotype: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DaguerreotypeCartomania: https://www.lincstothepast.com/exhibitions/tennyson/cartomania/Eadweard Muybridge: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadweard_MuybridgeRepresentative Men: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representative_MenKeywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keywords:_A_Vocabulary_of_Culture_and_Society



    Luminary Podcast:



    Visit us:  https://www.luminary.fmFollow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/luminaryfmLuminary on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/luminary-fm



    Music:



    Music used in this podcast: Simplex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0Chipper Doodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Manu Prakash on the power of observation, curiosity-driven science, and physical biology

    Manu Prakash on the power of observation, curiosity-driven science, and physical biology

    Manu Prakash is a physical biologist, inventor, and associate professor of BioEngineering at Stanford University. Manu was awarded the McArthur fellowship in 2016 and has received numerous other prestigious awards. His research is driven by curiosity, empathy for solving challenges in underserved communities, and a passion for democratizing access to science.



    In this episode, we cover: his philosophy around curiosity-driven science and the power of observation, trends in bioengineering, the water-droplet computer, and the (Anti) Gravity Machine, which answers questions about life in the ocean. We also discuss the idea behind frugal science and his Foldscope and Paperfuge inventions, and why democratizing access to science is a global imperative.



    Podcast Transcript



    About and from Prof. Manu Prakash:



    Website: https://profiles.stanford.edu/manu-prakashWikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manu_Prakash MacArthur Fellow: https://www.macfound.org/fellows/965Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrakashLabReading Recommendation: Exploring Curvature by James Comey (https://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Curvature-James-Casey/dp/3528064757)



    Assorted links:



    Curiosity-Driven Science – http://web.stanford.edu/group/prakash-lab/cgi-bin/labsite Frugal Science: https://125.stanford.edu/frugal-science/Wildly frugal: http://web.stanford.edu/group/prakash-lab/cgi-bin/labsite/research/frugal-science-and-global-health/Philosophy of Frugal Science: https://www.hhmi.org/stories/qa-manu-prakash-philosophy-frugal-science Foldscope Instruments: www.foldscope.comTED Talk (A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami): https://www.ted.com/talks/manu_prakash_a_50_cent_microscope_that_folds_like_origami TED Talk (Lifesaving scientific tools made of paper) : https://www.ted.com/talks/manu_prakash_lifesaving_scientific_tools_made_of_paper Computing with Fluids: https://ee.stanford.edu/event/general/computing-fluidsTED Archive (Computing with fluids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhroLzvW-JI“A question of taste”: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3814136 



    Luminary Podcast:



    Visit us:  https://www.luminary.fmFollow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/luminaryfmLuminary on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/luminary-fm



    Music:



    Music used in this podcast: Simplex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0



    Chipper Doodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Kimberlé Crenshaw on the state of civil rights in America, intersectionality, and the critical race theory

    Kimberlé Crenshaw on the state of civil rights in America, intersectionality, and the critical race theory

    Kimberlé Crenshaw is an American civil rights advocate and legal scholar, well-known for her work around intersectionality and critical race theory. She is a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and UCLA. Kimberlé is the director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia, which she founded in 2011. She is also co-founder of the African American Policy Forum. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the National Black Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, and many other leading publications.



    In our conversation with Kimberlé, we cover: the state of civil rights in America, biases in the interaction between civil rights and the law, critical race theory and its critiques, the framework of intersectionality, her work with the African-American policy forum, the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, and the role technology can play in the civil rights discourse.



    About and from Prof. Kimberlé Crenshaw:



    Columbia Law School: https://www.law.columbia.edu/faculty/kimberle-crenshaw UCLA Law: https://law.ucla.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/kimberle-w-crenshawWikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberl%C3%A9_Williams_CrenshawTwitter: https://twitter.com/sandylocksBook Recommendations:Becoming, Michelle ObamaDown Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, Kate Manne



    Assorted links:



    African American Policy Forum: http://www.aapf.orgIntersectionality Matters Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/intersectionality-matters/id1441348908?mt=2 The urgency of intersectionality: https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberle_crenshaw_the_urgency_of_intersectionality Mapping the Margins: https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mapping-margins.pdf Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1052&context=uclfCritical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement: https://www.amazon.com/Critical-Race-Theory-Writings-Movement/dp/1565842715/ref=asc_df_1565842715 On Intersectionality: Essential Writings: https://www.amazon.com/Intersectionality-Essential-Writings-Kimberl%C3%A9-Crenshaw/dp/1620972700



    Luminary Podcast:



    Visit us: https://www.luminary.fmFollow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/luminaryfmLuminary on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/luminary-fm



    Music:



    Music used in this podcast: Simplex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0Chipper Doodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Brekohqst ,

Great

Great insightful content told in an entertaining and interesting way.

Taneisha F ,

Insightful!!

Absolutely love the format guys. The episode with Johnathan Aldrich is pure gem!! Keep them coming!!

simon.stueckemann ,

Great Podcast with wide range of perspectives

Love this new podcast for its detailed interviews but also wide range of backgrounds in guests. I always learn something new!

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

Listeners Also Subscribed To