#95 Damon Bryant PhD – The Power of Behavioral Economics

Dr Damon Bryant is a business psychologist with over 15 years of experience in data analytics and psychological assessment tools. Currently the CEO of Light Pay Coin, a next generation cryptocurrency focused on digital payments in business and government.

 

His expertise is in psychological and behavioral assessments with an emphasis on AI-based systems and behavioral economics. He has derived mathematical information functions to quantify the usefulness of any observable behavior by humans or machines. He has also conceived and developed the internet-based, Smart Test Technology ® platform, an artificially intelligent assessment system.

 

His research is published in several professional journals including Applied Psychological Measurement, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, International Journal of Testing, and Psychometrika. Past honors include IBM’s Young Innovator Award for developing human resources software for use in international markets, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology‘s Robert J. Wherry Award for research in the area of test bias, and a letter of commendation from the Louisiana State Senate for developing and administering an Internet-based, police officer assessment center after Hurricane Katrina.

 

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Books mentioned:

Fundamentals of Item Response Theory by By Ronald K. Hambleton

Item response theory for psychologists by Susan E. Embretson

Flow: An Information-Based Theory of Challenge-Skill Balance by Damon Bryant (Author), Larry Davis (Author)

 

#92 Joy Buolamwini – Finding flaws in technology, fighting Algorithmic bias

Joy Buolamwini is a poet of code who uses art and research to illuminate the social implications of artificial intelligence. She founded the Algorithmic Justice League to fight the coded gaze – harmful bias in artificial intelligence. At the MIT Media Lab, she pioneered techniques that are now leading to increased transparency in the use of facial analysis technology globally. She established the inaugural IEEE working group to create the first international standards for facial analysis technology. Her TED Talk on algorithmic bias has been viewed over 1 million times. More than 230 articles in over 37 countries have been written about her Gender Shades thesis work which uncovered large accuracy disparities in commercial AI services. Based on her work she was invited to write an op-ed for the New York Times on the dangers of facial analysis technology.

Joy produces media that makes daughters of diasporas dream and sons of privilege pause. Her short film, The Coded Gaze: Unmasking Algorithmic Bias, debuted at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and her pilot of the Journey To Code training series debuted at the Vatican. Joy won the 2017 Grand Prize of a national contest inspired by the critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures in recognition for her impact journey video essay. With support from the Ford Foundation she created “AI, Ain’t I A Woman?” the first spoken word visual poem focused on failures of artificial intelligence on iconic women including Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, and Michelle Obama.

Buolamwini is a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Fellow, and Google Anita Borg Scholar recognized as a Tech Review 35 under 35 honoree. She holds master’s degrees from Oxford University and MIT and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her final degree will be a PhD from MIT.

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#63 PETER SADDINGTON – STARTUP FAILURES, SCRUM, EDUCATION, PARENTING

“Begin with the end in mind”- Peter Saddington.

Peter Saddington is a Scientist, Entrepreneur(with 2 private exits) ,Cryptocurrency Enthusiast and Investor. Published author of 2 books, various industry publications, and blogger on software development, board member, advisor, and Angel Investor in startups at various stages.

In this episode we covered:
– Education & Learning (College or not)
– Startups, Scrum and agile (Read his book)
– He started 14 startups and 10 of them failed
– Parenting
– Disciplined and lifestyle
– Work life balance

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Peter’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Agile-Pocket-Guide-Making-Business/dp/1118438256

This is a two part episode, please make sure you check out the next one on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies.

#55 BARATANG MIYA – TEACHING GIRLS TO CODE

Baratang Miya is the CEO of GirlHYPE Coders that empowers girls to pursue careers in STEM and had been chosen by the US State Dept’s in 2015 TechWomen program as an Emerging Leader. She was placed at Adobe for mentorship during her TechWomen 2015 award.

She also serve on the Silicon Cape Exco as head of Transformation. She was the 1st runner up for MTN Women In ICT Community Builder Award 2016.

She partnered with organisations like UN Women, Mozilla, TechWomen, SiliconCape and Technovation to develop women’s digital literacy and participating on the web.

She is also a judge for the Inspiring50 brought to SA by #cocreateSA.

In this podcast, we discussed:
– Girlhype
– How she got started
– Myths & stereotypes
– Her travels.

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Links:
Website – http://girlhype.co.za/
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/baratang-miya-1270a99/
Her Inspiring 50 profile – http://www.inspiringfifty.com/zajudges/

#51 – Riana Lynn – FOOD TECH & DIVERSITY

Riana Lynn is a leader in food technology and innovation and a STEM mentor. Her work has been featured in Forbes, USA Today, Essence, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc and more.

Riana is the founder and CEO of Food Trace, a technology company that deals with food supply chain. She also worked with Google, The White House as well as consulting for a number of companies in the United States.

 

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Some of the topics we covered:

  • Her story
  • How she got started
  • Work experience
  • How she founded food trace
  • How she taught herself how to code
  • Diversity in STEM

You can follow her on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rianalynn/

 

Other podcasts like this: EP39 Robyn Farrah

#EP43 STEPHEN LARKIN – 50 SHADES OF CROWDFUNDING

Stephen Larkin is a penchant of mathematical algorithms and innovative funding methods with a dream to provide electricity to the people in Africa.

He co-founded Africa New Energies in 2012 with a simple vision – to write an algorithm to find natural gas to generate electricity cheaply enough to give 600 million Africans affordable power for the first time.

He is the co-founder and CEO of Africa New Energies and has experience running multiple companies, venture capital, raising funds and using crowdfunding and tax breaks in innovative ways.

Steve and his team has raise 6 million Pounds in a period of 3 years through crowdfunding only.

Thanks to StartUp Grind Cape Town.

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Links:

Africa New Energies(ANE) website: http://www.ane.na

ANE on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/africanewenergies/

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EP#33 DR. JONATHAN FARLEY – USING MATHS TO WIPE OUT TERRORISTS

This is a part 2 of my conversation with Dr Jonathan Farley. If you haven’t listened to the first one yet, below is a short bio of the Dr.Farley.

Dr. Jonathan David Farley is a well recognized mathematician, traveler, entrepreneur among other things. He has been a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a Science Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University, and a Visiting Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In this episode, we talk about Math and his professional career. Below is a list of some of the topics we covered:
-His childhood
-When he became interested in Math
-Can anyone learn Math?
-How he applies Math in other areas
-How he would use Math to eliminate ISIS
-How he helps students to get straight A’s
-His thoughts on the current education system
-How math should be taught in schools
-His definition of “smart”
-And all the questions from listeners.

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Links to books and articles mentioned:

Facebook page for How to get straight A’s https://www.facebook.com/Ivyish/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/apr/12/black-mathematicians-john-derbyshire-fields-medal

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EP#30 DR. JONATHAN FARLEY – UNCONVENTIONAL THINKING.

SHOWNOTES:
Dr.Jonathan David Farley received his D.Phil. in mathematics from the University of Oxford in 1995, after winning Oxford’s highest mathematics awards, the Senior Mathematical Prize and Johnson University Prize, in 1994. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1991, with an A.B. in mathematics. He had the second-highest grade-point-average in his graduating class. He has also had visiting appointments at the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University, and he has been a Science Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. Dr. Farley is one of only four Americans to win a 2001-2002 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award to the United Kingdom. He is the 2004 recipient of the Harvard Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist Award, given on behalf of the president of Harvard University for “outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of mathematics.” Seed Magazine named him one of “15 people who have shaped the global conversation about science in 2005.”

Professor J. Farley also co-founded Hollywood Math and Science Film Consulting where they’ve worked on several tv shows including Elementary, Numbers and Flatland(consulted for a film with Kristen Bell and Martin Sheen).

Jonathan thinks very differently, in fact his thoughts are usually unconventional. My impression was to talk about math as you might’ve thought but we talked about life. Specifically about politics, dating, places among other things.

Below are few points I picked up from Jon which stood out for me in our conversation:
-Obama is a war criminal. He should be charged for murder.
-Marriage isn’t worth it for men, it’s actually a mistake.
-Alimony should be eliminated.
-Feminism is harming women.
-The skills required to be a successful politician are not the same skills that are required to run a state successfully, that’s the problem.

 

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We also did a part 2 where we talked about other subjects we didn’t cover on this one like his mathematical formula to eliminate ISIS/terror, his childhood, academia and more. All you need is to subscribe to stay updated with new podcasts.

All the videos, links, articles and other statistics mentioned in this podcast below:

Dr Farley’s Essence Magazine essay on how women prefer players to nice guys – “Players and Professors: A Nice Guy Steps up” »   cover page one page two

Maureen McGrath Tedtalk  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVgzOyHVcj4

“Girls Just Wanna Not Run: The Gender Gap in Young Americans’ Political Ambition”
American University
https://www.american.edu/spa/wpi/upload/Girls-Just-Wanna-Not-Run_Policy-Report.pdf

” it is estimated that anywhere between fifteen and twenty percent of marriages are sexless.”
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/office-diaries/201203/sexless-marriage-is-surprisingly-common

“75 Percent of Women Say They Won’t Date Unemployed Men”
http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/2753-dating-unemployed-men-women.html

“84% of working women told ForbesWoman and TheBump that staying home to raise children is a financial luxury they aspire to.”
Forbes Magazine
http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2012/09/12/is-opting-out-the-new-american-dream-for-working-women/

“in 1987, only 18 percent of women were breadwinners in marriages where both partners were working”
National Public Radio (USA)
http://www.npr.org/2015/02/08/384695833/what-happens-when-wives-earn-more-than-husbands

“Are women more interested in men who are already in a relationship?”
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
http://www.synergy-pr.com/files/JESP72009%281%29.pdf

“Look out! It’s a Nice Guy! DESTROY HIM!!”
Karen Straughan video

“Michelle Duggar’s Marriage Advice: Women Should ALWAYS Submit To Sex With Their Husbands”
http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/02/michelle-duggar-jim-bob-sex-wife-always-submits-husband/

“Advice for Women Who Don’t Want to get Divorced”
by Janet Bloomfield

Fermat’s Last Theorem

Letters from an Indian Clerk

Return of Kings (dating advice—I am not advocating this specific article)

The Princeton Mom
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/28/jon-stewart-princeton-mom-susan-patton-daily-show_n_5050037.html

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/w8qgqz/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart–marry-smart-

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

http://people.com/celebrity/terry-mcmillan-sues-ex-husband-for-40-million/