Game theory is the study of choices and strategies made by rational actors in
competitive situations. In this talk, we will model the choices and behavior
demonstrated by real-world scenarios of human conflict as well as the actions
of participants. Using these models, we will discuss how strategies are formed
as well as how they can be influenced.
We start with demonstrations of basic game theory concepts using participants
from the audience to play through scenarios such as the prisoners dilemma.
From that foundation, I discuss the math behind the choices in these games in
order to prove how each player’s choices influence the strategy of their
opponent. Next, I will introduce some of the different techniques that can be
used to turn games sideways. By adding secret information or the ability to
deceive these games can be won more often by an enterprising individual.
By analyzing conflict where strategy and choices determine the outcome we learn
more about how to determine the strategies of others as well as influence them
with our own decisions. We gain a deeper understanding of strategy and