Designing Values-Based Human Systems

by Sean Aubin at Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience

People design systems for humans based on their conception of human nature. This has worked pretty well so far! But there’s a lot problems happening right now that can’t be addressed by these old ideas. We need a new, unifying idea of why people make choices. This is where Value-Based Human Systems comes in.

Slides Link

Non-Euclidian Geometries and Art

by Sverrir ├×orgeirsson at Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience

Euclidian geometry is generally how we think about space. You have a grid and the lines in a grid never intersect. But there’s tons of other versions of space, like the grid on a sphere where some lines do meet as they go to infinity. This is non-euclidian geometry and it offers interesting opportunities to create fascinating art.

Slides Link

Cheffing and the Theory of Change

by Owen Wang at University of Tokyo

Chefs create recipes from the first principles. One of the ways they do this is by looking at the end product they want and combining the ingredients at hand. This is reminiscent of the Theory of Change put forth by Aaron Schwartz. Here we cover both of these while trying to make an awesome bowl of ramen!

Slides Link

Polyamory: Not for Everyone

by Sean Aubin at Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, WAT

The “mono” in the word “monogamy” means having one romantic partner. Similarly, “poly” in the word “polyamory” means multiple romantic partners. It’s a VERY personal choice that many people make that basically boils down to eschewing cultural norms (with all the challenges that implies) in exchange for greater relationship freedom and versatility.

Slides