Evolving cooperation at TEDxMcGill 2009

For me, one of the highlights of working on EGT has been the opportunity to present it to the general public. As a shameless plug and a way to start off video Saturdays, I decided to post a link to my TEDxMcGill talk on evolving cooperation. This was from the first TEDxMcGill in 2009:

I think this is the first time I used the knitters’ dilemma as an explanation for PD, which has become my favorite way of introducing the game. If you want to read a more technical overview of the graph you see on the second to last slide, then it is discussed in ref.[KS11]. If you want the comic at the end of the slides, it is xkcd’s “Purity”.

More great TEDxMcGill talks are available here and I recommend checking all of them out. Check back next Saturday for another EGT-related video!


[KS11] A. Kaznatcheev and T.R. Shultz [2011] “Ethnocentrism maintains cooperation, but keeping one’s children close fuels it.” In Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the cognitive science society. [pdf]

About Artem Kaznatcheev
From the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University and Department of Translational Hematology & Oncology Research at Cleveland Clinic, I marvel at the world through algorithmic lenses. My mind is drawn to evolutionary dynamics, theoretical computer science, mathematical oncology, computational learning theory, and philosophy of science. Previously I was at the Department of Integrated Mathematical Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center, and the School of Computer Science and Department of Psychology at McGill University. In a past life, I worried about quantum queries at the Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at University of Waterloo and as a visitor to the Centre for Quantum Technologies at National University of Singapore. Meander with me on Google+ and Twitter.

2 Responses to Evolving cooperation at TEDxMcGill 2009

  1. Pingback: Evolution of ethnocentrism in the Hammond and Axelrod model « Theory, Evolution, and Games Group

  2. Pingback: Introduction to evolving cooperation « Theory, Evolution, and Games Group

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