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The AI Experience

30 EpisodesProduced by Lloyd DanzigWebsite

An exploration of the trends and discussion of the topics in AI that are shaping the future, brought to you by the International Consortium for the Ethical Development of Artificial Intelligence.


Episode 010: Optimization Pt. 2

In this episode, Lloyd and Geoff continue their conversation regarding the viewpoint that life itself may be properly conceived of as a convex optimization problem. They touch upon a number of interesting philosophical concepts and also give proper kudos to acclaimed Yale Professor, Dr. Laurie Santos, whose class, The Science of Well-Being, and podcast, The Happiness Lab, are highly recommended for anyone interested in the topic.

Episode Guide:

  • 2:15 - Optimization in Everyday Life: A Bottom-Up Analysis
  • 11:06 - Mistaking Local Extrema for Global Extrema
  • 13:27 - The Hedonic Treadmill & Pursuing Goals
  • 18:02 - Evolution by Natural Optimization
  • 22:07 - The Science of Well-Being 
  • 28:48 - Being Happy vs. Becoming Happy
  • 29:50 - Framing, Expectations, & Energy Constraints
  • 34:31 - The Advantage of Life as an Optimization Problem
  • 41:08 - A Segue Into GOFAI & AGI
  • 44:50 - Closing Thoughts

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