I’m currently a Ph.D student at the University of British Columbia where I focus on machine learning, probabilistic programming, bayesian inference and other topics included under the umbrella term "artificial intelligence." I'm also interested on the applied side of machine learning, and have worked on computer vision, natural language processing for biomedical applications, and particle physics in my masters and undergraduate days.
Here, however, I try to avoid all the technical mumbo-jumbo and just shoot the s*** with my good buddy, and childhood friend, Ben Chugg. Some philosopher we never talk about once said "because knowledge is an adventure of ideas", and that's our only goal with the podcast - to enjoy the adventure.
September 18th, 2023 | 1 hr 18 mins
ask-us-anything, emotions, epistemology, problem-solving, thinking, universality
The third of infinite installments in our ask us anything series. We touch on universality, emotions, epistemology, and whether all thinking is problem solving.
August 14th, 2023 | 1 hr 34 mins
ask-us-anything, bayesianism, decision-making, disagreements, probability
Ask us anything? Ask us everything! Back at it again with AUA Part 2/N. We wax poetic and wane dramatic on disagreements, decision-making, EA, and probability
July 10th, 2023 | 1 hr 13 mins
ask-us-anything, computation, creativity, universality
Our first ask us anything episode! We get through a whopping ... two questions.
May 29th, 2023 | 1 hr 12 mins
chapman, epistemology, nebulosity, popper, rationality
We discuss David Chapman's work on nebulosity, the correspondence theory of truth, and how it relates to Karl Popper's epistemology.
April 24th, 2023 | 2 hrs 53 secs
artwork, brian boyd, evolution, fiction, myth, stories
Why do humans engage in art and storytelling? For our 50th episode, we explore Brian Boyd's thesis that art evolved from selection pressure to better understand the patterns and information around us.
March 22nd, 2023 | 1 hr 24 mins
ai, creativity, existential risks, progress
The delightful Rosie Campbell joins us on the podcast to debate AI, AGI, superintelligence, and rogue computer viruses.
February 24th, 2023 | 1 hr 41 secs
popper, rationality, utopia, violence
Violent utopias? Utopian violence? Are the rationalists going to destroy the world? Chapter 18 of Conjectures and Refutations coming in hot.
January 16th, 2023 | 1 hr 32 mins
abstractions, dualism, explanations, mind body problem, reductionism
Vaden goes on The Declaration podcast to argue about dualism, the reality of abstractions, emergence, and reductionism.
December 19th, 2022 | 1 hr 59 mins
bayesianism, effective altruism, longtermism, probability, statistics
Ben and Vaden make a guest appearance on Nick Anyos' podcast on criticisms of effective altruism. As usual, they end up arguing about probability for most of it.
October 31st, 2022 | 53 mins 29 secs
ai, complexity, intelligence
We chat with Melanie Mitchell about our understanding of artificial intelligence, human intelligence, and whether it's reasonable to expect us to be able to build sophisticated human-like automated systems anytime soon.
October 3rd, 2022 | 1 hr 2 mins
effective altruism, ethics, longtermism, philosophy
Could have seen this one coming. We discuss Will MacAskill's new book "What We Owe the Future."
August 28th, 2022 | 1 hr 7 mins
agi, ai safety, empiricism, existential risk
Is advanced AI going to kill everyone? How close are we to building AGI? Is current AI creative? Put aside your philosophy textbooks, because we have the answers.
July 20th, 2022 | 50 mins 39 secs
causality, determinism, karl buhler, language, mind-body problem, popper
We wrestle with chapter 12 and 13 of Conjectures and Refutations, on the topic of the mind-body problem, theories of language, determinism, and causality. This one is a real doozy folks.
June 20th, 2022 | 1 hr 18 mins
bayesianism, critical rationalism, effective altruism, epistemology, rationality
We're joined by the wonderful Lulie Tanett to talk about effective altruism, pulling spouses out of burning buildings, and why you should prefer critical rationalism to Bayesianism for your mom's sake.
May 30th, 2022 | 45 mins 31 secs
conversation, disagreement, framework, karl popper, progress
We discuss "The Myth of the Framework," an essay by Karl Popper arguing against the thesis that fruitful conversation is impossible unless you share a common framework of beliefs and assumptions.
April 27th, 2022 | 1 hr 1 min
bias, cognitive biases, evolution, psychology, rationality, reason
A discussion of The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber.