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Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
Wed, Apr 27, 2016, 7:00 PM
A conversation with Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths, and Joseph Subbiondo
What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? All of our lives are constrained by limited space and time. What are the best approaches to prioritize and seek balance? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not—computers also face the same constraints, and as a result, computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades. The solutions they've found have much to teach us.
California Institute of Integral Studies President Joseph Subbiondo interviews Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths, authors of Algorithms to Live By—a fascinating interdisciplinary exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, show how the simple algorithms used by computers can help to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind. Christian and Griffiths explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices, and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, Algorithms to Live By transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.
Brian Christian holds degrees in computer science, philosophy, and poetry, and works at the intersection of all three. He is the author of The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive, which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a New Yorker favorite book of the year. Alongside Steven Pinker and Daniel Kahneman, he was shortlisted for the Best Book of Ideas prize in the UK.
Tom Griffiths is a professor of psychology and cognitive science at UC Berkeley, where he directs the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences.
Joseph Subbiondo is the President of California Institute of Integral Studies. He regularly publishes research on the history of linguistics, especially regarding the works of John Wilkins and his colleagues in the seventeenth-century philosophical language movement. Presently, his principal scholarly interest is the inter relationship among language, consciousness, and education.
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