Family & Lifestyle

Rise of the Machines, Motivating Millennials, Empathy

The Matt Townsend Show
  • Jun 16, 2015 1:00 pm
  • 2:16:15

Rise of the Machines (10:57) Dr. Michael Littman, professor of computer science and co-leader of Brown University’s Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative. He works mainly in reinforcement learning, but has done work in machine learning, game theory, computer networking, partially observable Markov decision process solving, computer solving of analogy problems and other areas. Dr. Littman talks about how unlikely it is for Artificial intelligence and robotics to replace humans in everyday activities. Motivating Millennials (58:07) The Millennial generation is finding adulthood a challenge according to recent reports and parents/grandparents/employers are looking for answers on how to motivate and inspire young people to find success. Dr Townsend talks with Larry Gelwix former coach of the Highland Rugby team since its founding in Salt Lake City in 1976. He retired in 2011 with a record of 419 wins and 10 losses, including 19 USA Rugby national championships. The movie Forever Strong showcased some of his efforts to motivate his team to success. Larry Gelwix talks about motivating young people and turning out “championship young men." Empathy: How Do We Come by What's Morally Right or Wrong? (1:42:49) Dr. Bill Mace is a clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, and medical sociologist, specializing in adult depression and anxiety disorders. He received a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Now he runs a program, PsychResilience Therapy which offers a brief, but effective intervention for prevention and treatment of depression and anxiety disorders for adults. Dr. Mace discusses with Dr. Matt Townsend that really helps us determine what is morally right and wrong is empathy; simply putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes.