Prof. Yadati Narahari on Seeking Wisdom in the Theory of Games (#026)

About Prof. Y. Narahari

Prof. Yadati Narahari’s research work focuses on game theory, mechanism design, and artificial intelligence techniques to research problems at the intersection of computer science and economics.

From 2014 to 2021, he served as Dean of the Division of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Sciences (EECS) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

At IISc, he teaches two courses: Game Theory and Artificial Intelligence for Social Good.

He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees from IISc.

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Selected Links and Show Notes

Selected Links

Connect with Prof. Narahari

Indian Institute of Science

John von Neumann

Oskar Morgenstern

Center for Advanced Study, Princeton University

Saddle Point

Zero-sum Game

Mixed Strategy

John Forbes Nash Jr.

Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium

von Neumann Architecture

Algorithmic Complexity

Algorithmic Game Theory

PPAD (Complexity)

Incentive Compatability

William Vickery

Hal Varian

Turing Award
2018 Turing Award

MaxMin and MinMax Values

Books Mentioned

Theory of Games and Economic Behaviour
by John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern

Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach
by Hal R. Varian

The Evolution of Cooperation
by Robert Axelrod

Microeconomics Theory
by Andreu Mas-Colell, Michael Whinston, and Jerry Green

Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict
by Roger Myerson

Auction Theory
by Vijay Krishna

Show Notes

On the legacy and impact of John von Neumann [03:23 – 09:36]

On the convergence of Artificial Intelligence and Game Theory [10:06 – 20:14]

Reverse engineering the relationship between an Advertiser and User using Game Theory [21:38 – 27:31]

Algorithmic Game Theory, Hal Varian, and the role of a Founding Economist in a Startup [29:03 – 33:07]

The Power of Incentives [33:44 – 38:19]

Game Theory vs. Mechanism Design [38:34 – 45:34]

Game Theory vs. Mechanism Design featuring Prof. Narahari’s favourite example [45:48 – 53:16]

Rethinking the Value Proposition of Social Media from a Game Theoretic perspective [54:16 – 01:02:41]

The Relationship between Behavioural Economics and Game Theory [01:03:44 – 01:09:57]

The Conflict between Intuition and Optimization [01:11:10 – 01:15:37]

Favourite Books [01:15:58 – 01:16:28]

Prof. Narahari’s advice for a young student today [01:16:53 – 01:19:11]

Prof. Narahari’s Dream Dinner [01:19:20 – 01:19:56]

What Success means to Prof. Narahari [01:20:04 – 01:24:44]

The Best Piece of Advice Prof. Narahari has ever received [01:24:52 – 01:28:04]

Something Prof. Narahari believes in that nobody agrees with him on [01:28:14 – 01:28:59]

Prof. Narahari’s Guest Recommendation for ContraMinds [01:29:11 – 01:30:37]

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