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Join Max Sklar and guests in this podcast about AI, technology, and society. Email localmaxradio@gmail.com for questions and feedback.

Show notes page on the website: http://www.localmaxradio.com

    Ep. 131 - Structure, Creativity, and Remote Work with Jeff Meyerson

    Ep. 131 - Structure, Creativity, and Remote Work with Jeff Meyerson

    Today’s guest is Jeff Meyerson, host of the Software Engineering Daily Podcast. Max and Jeff talk about his talk last year “You are not a commodity” to software engineers, the assembly line mentality, remote work, and podcasting in general.

    • 37 min
    Ep. 130 - Science on the Tightrope

    Ep. 130 - Science on the Tightrope

    Today's discussion centers around the difficulty in pursuing truth, knowledge, and engineering feats in an age of hyper-politics. Max and Aaron start with Lawrence Krauss's article in the Wall Street Journal on "The Ideological Corruption of Science", then move into whether it's possible to remain apolitical, and considering the ethical implications of research. Finally, they give an update on "Fake Faces" and how they are being used to push slanted news articles.

    • 50 min
    Ep. 129 - Language Translation Tech with João Graça

    Ep. 129 - Language Translation Tech with João Graça

    Max talks to João Graça, CTO of multilingual translation platform Unbabel to talk about the past, present, and future of translation technology and the role of machine learning.

    • 34 min
    Ep. 128 - Urban Dynamics, Amazon Go, and Smart Carts

    Ep. 128 - Urban Dynamics, Amazon Go, and Smart Carts

    Today's discussion centers on recent speculation about long term population transfers between the city, the suburbs, and the countryside, and the issues facing cities in America right now. We also talk about the rise of Amazon Go stores, and why and how this technology might spread to other types of stores around the world.

    • 37 min
    Ep. 127 - Data Visualization with Kristen Sosulski

    Ep. 127 - Data Visualization with Kristen Sosulski

    Max checks in with Kristen Sosulski, NYU Professor and Author of Data Visualization Made Simple. They discuss some of the basic principles of data visualization, and some common approaches and pitfalls.

    • 35 min
    Ep. 126 - Electoral Systems: Models vs Reality

    Ep. 126 - Electoral Systems: Models vs Reality

    This companion to episode 125 on the Electoral College starts with an interview of Ernie Dronenberg in California who was a member of the Electoral College in 1980!

    Afterwards, Max talks about different models of voting systems in social choice theory: Rankings, Condorcet Methods, Condorcet Paradoxes, Monotone Boolean Functions, and Shapley values.

    This ends with a discussion of the ways in which mathematical models of voting do not match the social dynamics of a real election, the positive properties of the electoral college, and what reforms to look for.

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    • 44 min

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If you're committed to growing as a professional, boy have I got a podcast for you! The Local Maximum is easily the best podcast I've discovered in at least 5 years. Max's insights help you develop the mental models necessary for success in a world of algorithms and seeming uncertainty. While the show is not focused on a single programming language or software, you will not find a better "sherpa" for the journey into backend development thinking. 5-Stars for Max!!

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