The downside of optimizing everything, Improving behavior in online gaming

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Playing video games online can often come with a side of harassment and bad behavior. We talk with someone who’s trying a new way to make sure gamers treat each other with respect. We also chat with the author of a new book about why we seem determined to optimize everything, from our technology to our bodies.

Featured in this Show

  • How we got obsessed with 'optimizing' everything

    Our guest — a mathematician herself — explains how the advanced math concept of optimization came to be a productivity obsession that now touches many aspects of our lives. We also talk about what we lose while striving for peak efficiency.

  • Preventing harassment in online gaming spaces

    In an effort to curb harassment in online multiplayer interactions, gaming giant Ubisoft recently introduced the Good Game Playbook, which outlines what good online conduct looks like and how gamers can protect themselves from harassment. We talk to an online harassment and platform moderation expert about whether efforts like Ubisoft’s are effective, and what else can be done to create safe spaces in online gaming.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • Coco Krumme Guest
  • Yvette Wohn Guest

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