Monthly Archives: July 2017

What’s in Our Board Game Collection

When I first got to graduate school here at MIT, I came pretty empty-handed on the board game front. The few that I had owned in college, I had given away to friends or left at home with my family. Now, nearly five years later, Grace and I have built up a decent collection of board games. It’s intentionally somewhat of an eclectic set, reflecting both of our tastes as well as avoiding overlap with the collections of several of our friends. (So don’t read too much into any absences from this list!)

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Truth Telling Under Uncertainty

“Thou shalt not lie.” Perhaps the most misquoted commandment of them all is actually not that broad:

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Why I Care That See You Again is Currently the Most Watched YouTube Video Ever

It’s official. As of this Monday, July 10th, 2017, just short of five years after it hit the world by storm, Psy’s Gangnam Style has been dethroned at the top of the YouTube view count leaderboard. The most viewed video on YouTube is now “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.

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Your Utility Function Does Not Compute

Last week, I wrote about some of the ways that we show that we don’t truly value everyone equally, despite the prevalence of such principles in popular discourse and the Declaration of Independence that we celebrated on Tuesday.

This week, I’d like to take a look at a couple more aspects of modern life that don’t make any sense to me from this perspective. Read more of this post