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Computer Science • Series

How ideas from Computer Science and Physics affect our lives

Next session on May 7, 2024

Pratik A

Series Details

Sessions

Public Discussion

Series Details

About

We'll go through important ideas in the domain of Computer Science (Game Theory, Exploration/Exploitation tradeoff, Search and Decision making in uncertainty etc.) and Physics (Concept of relativity and time, resonance, entropy/information etc) and understand how we can apply these concepts to understand aspects of our own lives. These sessions will be interactive, so you'll be the explorers and I'll be your guide.

Tutor Qualifications

I completed my undergrad in Engineering Physics and have a journal publication in Quantum Computing. Recently, I also completed my Masters in Computer Science and have been teaching machine learning to people in industry for the past 2 years.

✋ ATTENDANCE POLICY

You will be withdrawn from the series if you have more than 2 unexcused absences in a row and the spot will be made open for someone else. To avoid this, just message the tutor in advance for any absences!

Dates

September 2 - May 14

Learners

34 / 50

Total Sessions

31

About the Tutor

I'm a machine learning practitioner with an educational background in Physics (Undergrad) and Computer Science (Masters). Currently mentoring industry professionals on Machine Learning for an higher-ed firm.

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Upcoming Sessions

2
7
May

Session 30

Physics

Here we'll explore Boggling, Adopting the mindset of a hacker into everything you learn, learning by breaking things, testing the limits of curiosity
14
May

Session 31

Physics

We'll continue Boggling, look at Geopolitical narratives using movies, break them down, dissect them and reverse engineer storylines in our lives

Past Sessions

29
2
Sep

Session 1

Orientation

In this session, we'll keep things a bit light, get to know each other, set expectations for the remaining sessions of the series, and try to understand a bit about one of the most groundbreaking ideas in the 20th century, the concept of relativity and the illusion of time. Don't worry too much about the pre-requisites. As long as you understand basic multiplication/division and come with an open mind, you should be good. I am there to help you out.
16
Sep

Session 2

Computer Science

In this session, we'll learn about the basics of Game Theory, which talks about the idea of how to maximize your potential reward in a setting when others are involved and their actions impact your decisions.
10
Oct

Session 3

Computer Science

In this session, we'll continue with Game Theory, and see it in action when multiple parties are involved, and how to make progress when we need arriving at a consensus even when the individual parties are not completely trusting of each other.
21
Oct

Session 4

Computer Science

Till this point, we learnt about taking decisions in situations when others are involved, but under the assumptions that we know the payoffs of our actions. In this session, we'll start learning about the exploration/exploitation tradeoff, which aims at maximizing your long-term rewards in a world full of possibilities.
3
Nov

Session 5

Computer Science

In this session, we'll continue our discussion on the Exploration vs Exploitation tradeoff (The videos I've posted in the group chat should help you with those), and how to quantify your payoffs to maximise your returns. We'll also discuss how these strategies are used on you, the user, when you browse the internet.
25
Nov

Session 6

Computer Science

In this session we'll wrap up Optimal Stopping (knowing when to choose) and play a game to review the concepts we've looked at so far => Game Theory, Communication, Exploration/Exploitation tradeoff, and Optimal Stopping.
9
Dec

Session 7

Computer Science

Here we'll start learning prioritization (of time, things to remember, finding stuff) using the concepts of sorting, caching, searching and scheduling from Computer Science. Basic secondary school math is enough as prerequisite.
23
Dec

Session 8

Computer Science

Here we'll continue learning prioritization (of time, things to remember, finding stuff) using the concepts of sorting, caching, searching and scheduling from Computer Science.
6
Jan

Session 9

Computer Science

Here we'll continue learning prioritization (of time, things to remember, finding stuff) using the concepts of sorting, caching, searching and scheduling from Computer Science.
20
Jan

Session 10

Computer Science

Here we'll continue learning prioritization (of time, things to remember, finding stuff) using the concepts of sorting, caching, searching and scheduling from Computer Science.
3
Feb

Session 11

Computer Science

Here we'll continue learning prioritization (of time, things to remember, finding stuff) using the concepts of sorting, caching, searching and scheduling from Computer Science.
17
Feb

Session 12

Computer Science

Here we'll wrap up prioritization (of time, things to remember, finding stuff) with a demo.
13
Mar

Session 13

Computer Science

Here we'll wrap up prioritization (of time, things to remember, finding stuff) with a demo.
3
Apr

Session 14

Physics

We're starting here with a brief discussion on time. What's our understanding of time, what are the paradoxes involved and how it impacts us
8
May

Session 15

Physics

We'll continue here with our discussion on time. What's our understanding of time, what are the paradoxes involved and how it impacts us, and delve a bit deeper into relativity and phenomena surrounding time
22
May

Session 16

Physics

We'll wrap up our discussion on time. Maybe trying a small activity to make sense of this complex idea better
24
Jul

Session 17

Physics

We'll start with the concept of resonance, and how our perception of the world is limited by our sensors, and how things can be hidden in plain sight (eg. neutrinos, gravitational waves, stealth technology)
16
Oct

Session 18

Physics

We'll continue with the concept of resonance, and how our perception of the world is limited by our sensors, and how things can be hidden in plain sight (eg. neutrinos, gravitational waves, stealth technology)
30
Oct

Session 19

Physics

We'll wrap up the bits on resonance and play a game
6
Nov

Session 20

Physics

We'll discuss bits on resonance and might play a game
16
Nov

Session 21

Physics

We'll start with the new topic on the science of synchronization, butterfly effect and chaos
17
Nov

Session 22

Physics

We'll continue on the science of synchronization, butterfly effect and chaos
7
Dec

Session 23

Physics

We'll wrap up the topic on non-linear dynamics and chaos
14
Dec

Session 24

Physics

We'll reflect on the nature of creativity and intelligence using AI and art
21
Dec

Session 25

Physics

We'll continue exploring the concepts of AI, art and creativity
4
Jan

Session 26

Physics

We'll wrap up the topic on AI, art and creativity
7
Mar

Session 27

Physics

We'll look at the concept of money, value from a philosophical perspective and its social implications using conundrums and trolley games
28
Mar

Session 28

Physics

We'll start exploring the concept of chance, prediction markets, what's in your control and what's not
4
Apr

Session 29

Physics

We'll go a little deeper into the concepts of invariants, agency, control, uncertainties and cluelessness

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