Michael Nielsen
Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self | Video on TED.com - http://www.ted.com/talks...
Commitment devices; two selves: battles between the present self and the future self (c.f. present society vs future self); commitment devices level the playing field; idea of consciously creating commitment devices; his: leaving money on the subway if he didn't write 5 pages per day(!); but what happens if you don't have commitment devices; but what happens if you weasel out of them; commitment devices for the future; can we do these changes without commitment devices?; idea: use computers to make it easier to imagine your future self, i.e., make the future a _lot_ more vivid (you would want repeated, regular exposure I suspect); the behavioural time machine (inc. anticipated emotional reactions) - Michael Nielsen