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Seeking Wisdom in the Theory of Games

Decision, Game Theory

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Prof. Yadati 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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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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Prof. Yadati Narahari

Seeking Wisdom in the Theory of Games

Pooja Jauhari is the former Group CEO of VMLY&R India, and former CEO of The Glitch. Over her two-decade-long career, Pooja has worked with some of the biggest brands in the country and the world, and introduced powerful campaigns to society.

Pooja has worked with some brilliant people and has held important responsibilities over the past 20 years. She is the Founder of Seat At The Table, an unbiased investment and advisory initiative to invest in companies and people that are built on a purpose.

Prior to her appointment in the VMLY&R network, Pooja was the CEO of The Glitch, a high-performance creative company that has worked hard to create a workspace that is gender blind, inclusive and progressive. The Glitch was acquired by WPP, the world’s largest marketing communications company in 2017, and integrated into the VMLY&R network within WPP in 2020.