The evolution of compassion by Robert Wright at TED

An enjoyable video from Robert Wright about the evolution of compassion:

How would you model the evolution of compassion? How would your model differ from standard models of evolution of cooperation? Does a model of compassion necessarily need the agents to have model minds/emotions to feel compassion or can we address it purely operationally like cooperation?

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.

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