Bruce Bueno de Mesquita interview on the Daily Show: 28 September 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Daily Show had its first really interesting guest in a long time today, a person named Bruce Bueno de Mesquita that I had never heard of until today that (from what I understood from the interview) uses mathematical models to predict future events largely based on the desire those in power to make them happen. This is something I'm definitely in agreement with, since in spite of all the myriad factors that make up complex situations around the world many events are simply decided by personal factors - Iraq was just something the Bush administration wanted to do, so they made it happen. Details tend to get ironed out of the way when people in power want to make something happen, and so much of the time they can simply be factored out.

It turns out that he has a very positive outlook on the near future; as do I.

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He also gave a talk on Ted.com in April, so time to watch this video now.

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