mit talks


subset of directors fellows via Joi Ito


adding page with this talk:

Joining Media Lab director Joi Ito on stage are the following fellows:
Sultan Al Qassemi, a United Arab Emirates-based columnist
Maurice Ashley, an International Grandmaster of Chess
Marko Ahtisaari, a visionary technology entrepreneur and designer
Gabriella Gomez-Mont, a creative and cultural entrepreneur
Jeff Sturges, a maker movement pioneer

ai helps you focus on the other person more – Joi
always keep the bigger picture in mind – don’t let negatives distract you – Sultan
why don’t these things (mit lab) exist when you’re 4 – Jeff
a case for love (over/within all else)
more important than that (things we’re fighting over) -1st step is getting people to believe things are possible
the skill/mindset of repairing/rehabilitating – Jeff  – upcycle ness
Why is handwriting and hand drawing so disconnected from our digital experience? How can we reintegrate them? @moia
I think more and more we’ll be having conversations with things. Right now our conversations are siloed in all these systems. @moia
Do you think it’s ok for designers to deceive users, or is it important to be transparent? @Joi asks @moia
answer – there’s really no sustainable way to be deceptive.. moia
The @Labforthecity is poised in this space between government, civil space, and academia @gggbriella
prototyping the future
open govt – open city movement – dynamic laws instead of stable laws
opening up city data sets at city hackathons
playing w/new political forums & languages
not only surveys on the streets..but wierd things.. – @Labforthecity @gggbriella #MLTalks – sounds like @SteveLambert
reticulation of govt as aparatus – @gggbriella
.@Joi is bringing up Director’s Fellows @baratunde @ShakaSenghor @colleenmacklin and @schmidphi.
perhaps next course: how to make almost anything.. almost anywhere.. – @schmidphi @ #MLTalks – personal fabrication – @NeilGershenfeld
timing is perfect to change our incarceration rates – @ShakaSenghor
how to connect… – listen – @ShakaSenghor
on looking for the people who are: none of the above – Joi


will try to remember/include other talks i’ve taken in below:

Chris Eliasmith ?

Daniel Suarez


nov 2015

. interviews devs , Cory Fields, & Wladimir Wan der Laan Tue 11/17 at 2:30PM ET

3 layers bitcoin the 1\ currency 2\ the core – open source software 3\ the protocol – gavin

really not regulated.. don’t have to care what people think – joi

consensus in bitcoin.. generally accepted answer is the correct answer even if it’s wrong.. which is weird – cory

things happen on surface for most part.. bitcoiners don’t like underground stuff – cory

if it changes the ecosystem.. person bringing it forward has to argue more than just code – cory

bip – bitcoin improvement proposal – gavin

We have these BIPs, #bitcoin improvement proposals. That’s how changes develop, and where I see things going — @gavinandresen#MLTalks

on agreements in changes with both miners and merchants..  miners highly incentivized to produce bitcoin that will be used  ie: going with economic majority. miners usually don’t want to upgrade.. so has to be for some benefit.. ie: faster; attacks.. a little carrot that’s good for merchants.. but usually miners could care less – gavin

how do you let world know they should be upgrading – joi

mailing list announcements – wladimir

even though discussion before.. controversy doesn’t really happen until opened out.. wish there was a way around that (paraphrase) – gavin

it’s open source software.. so we have to care.. otherwise we’d be writing software for no one – wladimir

when i was on icann – who is privacy – u.s. expects transparency.. but in other countries.. i wouldn’t want that.. but problem for any global standard.. can’t apply haphazard – joi

make it so useful.. that when the debate starts.. doesn’t kill it – on making yourself essential- joi

“The internet became useful fast enough so that regulators couldn’t shut it down.” – @Joi#MLTalks

block size debate..?

i wish people would say what i say.. i don’t understand it.. (the issue of block size) – cory

The 1mb block size limit is a problem we’ve seen coming for years. There’s debate about raising the block size — @gavinandresen#MLTalks

it’s become a tensious issue.. because someway has to win – Cory

how do we make it less contentious when we have decisions like this in the future.. i know it will always be messy.. – gavin

joi – on the importance of f-to-f – ie: w/icann… also giving govt seat at table but not seat on board

icann is humungous b – but absorbs tremendous amounts of drama w/o dying – joi

people have online personas that crumble in person – cory

on devs.. who often have no one to talk to (locally) – Cory

have 900 mill worth of venture money … you’re not as organized as internet was by time it had 900 mill – joi

one way to screw it up is to not do anything .. always looking for ways to grow up fast – gavin

@gavinandresen acknowledges immense weight on the shoulders of dev community – btc is growing up much faster than the Internet did #mltalks

on the messiness causing people to need to know about the whole.. on wanting to funnel off to more managable chunks – cory

interesting role of academia.. is in research/testing and coming up with numbers…  gives us buy in.. it’s a neutral place for people to work on this.. w/no agenda.. work on what we think is worth working on  – cory

but then talking on how hard to convince others to accept your code.. gavin & cory

The bar to try to be a #Bitcoin developer is pretty low; anyone can submit a PULL request. The bar to be accepted is very high —

i’d like to see multiple implementations – gavin

w/bitcoin there’s only so much you can test.. for a proof. what would be useful for mit to do – joi

answer to joi – networking.. p2p protocol – numbers – cory

what i’ve been thinking about ..if we were to rewrite the p2p protocol.. what would it look like – gavin

working w/an academic research group could have great benefits – gavin

your job description has been – keep doing what you’re doing… but if you could advise students. .. that’d be great.. joi – we make the research be academic.. academically interesting but fundamentally useful


q: on ethereum.. and competition a: i don’t see competition.. whatever turns out to be most popular, most bootstrapped – which is bitcoin – is most interesting.. if another comes along.. should be part of bitcoin..

a: i think it’s good to explore diff ideas to explore bitcoin core – wladimir

a: i think diff ideas are great.. but a lot of them are the same idea/scams … if the idea is i want a digital currency.. i don’t think there’s a reason to (start again) – gavin

q: mining centralization a: big rush to get to latest chip tech.. will see commodification of mining – an then it will de centralized again. – none of the people who have control now really want that control. – gavin

it’s a challenge to make things more de centralized.. – wladimir

consensus challenges – challenge of writing good consensus code – violates all existing rule of computer science and writing code – copy paste is important – even though we think not – because less error in code – you have to write bugs on purpose to maintain consensus.. – cory

proof work – is p of w of bitcoin consensus or will something else come in to make it more secure.. i think p of w is not the be all. actually securing network.. could be from intro-ing something else.. maybe there is a way of augmenting the 51% attack – gavin

#MLTalks @gavinandresen says that proof of work might not be the consensus mechanism in the future

getting academics to contribute is hard.. because usually it’s writing enough code to get the paper out.. so short term..- gavin

on talking about changing proof of work – the fear of fiddling with the thing that everything is running on.. what will the sandbox look like for trying these things – joi

sandbox is hard.. because these are real world – cory

It really sounds like Bitcoin was developed by ignoring decades of devops learning, and things got real before it could get fixed #MLTalks

From @gavinandresen via #MLTalks – Testing of fundamental changes (PoW) limited by need to keep mainnet secure, small testing environment.

@gavinandresen “a fiat-backed digital currency could really take off” #MLTalks @MIT

right now every country is coming up w/own interpretation of what it is.. – joi

q: – having hackathon here at mit .. what problems would you suggest we try to hack in re to bitcoin

i’m not crazy about hackathons for creating code.. gavin

i’m the opposite .. i love hackathons.. but bitcoin not suitable for a hackathan.. too short on time – cory

#Bitcoin is very poorly suited to hackathons because there’s not much you can hack out of it — Cory Fields #MLTalks

#Bitcoin‘s opportunity for #hackathons isn’t core code, but prototyping niche solutions.@MITBitcoinClub #IDHACK #MLTalks


Excellent @WIRED piece on the dismantling of Senior House at @MIT and what it means for colleges more broadly:…

“I can’t tell you how many times I heard that Senior House saved a student’s life,” Feldmeier says. He points out that despite MIT’s high suicide rates—12.6 per 100,000 students in the years between 2010 and 2015 (the national collegiate average is 7.5)—Senior House hasn’t had a suicide in more than 20 years.

This isn’t surprising. People from marginalized groups do better when they find each other, according to psychological research. “Belonging to groups has really positive consequences, especially for mental and physical health,” says Dominic Packer, associate professor of psychology at LeHigh University, who studies group dynamics and the effects of ostracism.

Over and over again people say Senior House was the first place they’d ever not felt judged. What they are describing is, in many ways, a safe place.


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Julia Angwin