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Science news and events started out the show. Brian spoke on new research on concussions and Stevie on the Chinese space station that fell to Earth recently. 45 minutes in, Professor Matt Weinberg came on the mic to speak on his work as a theoretical computer scientist. He researches mechanism design – these are algorithms that take user incentives in to account. He considers human decision making and economics to design algorithms to guide the user to interact with the algorithm in the optimal way. He uses the example of online dating, ad auctions on sites like Facebook and Google, and cryptocurrencies.
- Adrian Cho, ScienceMag, “Concussions originate from ringing deep inside the brain, modeling suggests“
- Sol Han, CNN, “China’s Tiangong-1 space lab plummets to Earth, breaks up over Pacific”