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Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of nearly four decades, he has been a pioneer in the development and application of computational thinking—and has been responsible for many discoveries, inventions and innovations in science, technology and business.

On his podcast, Stephen discusses topics ranging from the history of science to the future of civilization and ethics of AI.

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Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of nearly four decades, he has been a pioneer in the development and application of computational thinking—and has been responsible for many discoveries, inventions and innovations in science, technology and business.

On his podcast, Stephen discusses topics ranging from the history of science to the future of civilization and ethics of AI.

    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [January 22, 2021]

    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [January 22, 2021]

    Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an unscripted livestream series, also available on YouTube here: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa

    Questions include: In addition to keystrokes, do you monitor your words spoken? - Does your system record all your passwords? - How do vaccines work? - If a disease is such that the thing which kills is the immune response itself could a vaccine based on these principles be actually dangerous? - Have you ever met Tim Berners-Lee, Douglas Engelbart, Edward Feigenbaum, and/or Shafi Goldwasser? - Stephen Wolfram, my 3 years old sister told me that she doesn't likes math, and doesn't want to play with science with me, what can I do to change her mind? - What are time crystals? Do they become ordinary space crystals when moving very fast? - Do we have explanation why people have sense of discreteness (symbols, objects and such). Is world implicitly discrete or we just perceive it that way? - Can't we upload all the data about the human body and fix everything. We have computing power and A.I to classify why don't we understand it? - Has anyone looked at the complexity of a cell? can we not say that it exhibits intelligence? can intelligence exist without brains?

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Business & Innovation Q&A for Young Entrepreneurs & Others (Jan. 20, 2021)

    Business & Innovation Q&A for Young Entrepreneurs & Others (Jan. 20, 2021)

    Stephen Wolfram answers questions from his viewers about business and innovation as part of an unscripted livestream series, also available on YouTube here: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-business-qa

    Questions include: What company would you start today if you grew up during these times? - How much do you think your high scores in school/college influence your employees or your new employees? - When do you decide to release a product, assuming that you never feel like something is ever completely "done" or "perfect" - How would someone who picked an education that didn't provide worthwhile skills and connections catch up? - You value culture and flexibility why do you need to grow your team? Is it just not possible to outsource (via open source) a large amount of work to the people? - What business principles are of the greatest utility yet are never addressed in university programs or courses? - Do you think the current trend of high-value tech IPOs is reminiscent of the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s? - What education do you need to receive to be able to research markets and design products if you are more from a technical side of things? - Is it difficult to fire people? - ​Do you think that with increasing power of monopolies, small tech start ups will still be able to held up? - Is publicity magic, does it just happen, or is it well thought out some way? - Are there any planned "wolfram ventures" startups that people can join and work for equity? - Do you use version control in your company?

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [January 15, 2021]

    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [January 15, 2021]

    Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an unscripted livestream series.

    Questions include: Have you studied the Crick-Mitchison theory of REM sleep? Do you think that their theory is relevant to artificial intelligence and/or the theory of pattern recognition? - Thoughts on the significance of the triangle and why it seems to be one of if not the strongest 2d shape? - Are quasicrystals useful? - What does it mean to map a brain? Why is there a race to map the brain correctly?

    See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa

    • 54 min
    History of Science and Technology Q&A for Kids and Others (January 14, 2021)

    History of Science and Technology Q&A for Kids and Others (January 14, 2021)

    Stephen Wolfram answers questions from his viewers about the history science and technology as part of an unscripted livestream series, also available on YouTube here: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa

    Questions include: Discussing the history of LISP - Do you know Noam Chomsky personally? - NASA became interested in sanskrit as a programming language - Why did Ludwig Boltzmann commit suicide? - What's your take\opinion on Visual Programming Languages? - How is emacs related to lisp? - Do you know Linus Torvalds? - ​What are the main contributions of Marvin Minsky to AI field? - In a recent Lex Fridman Podcast (#153) Dmitry Korkin talked about how Joshua Lederberg, in the 60s, used advanced ideas in AI to help NASA identify molecules which might be related to alien life. - If you had to only choose one countries mathematics that you were allowed to use which would it be. England, France or Germany? - Did you interact with James Watson or Francis Crick? - Do you apply the Monte Carlo simulation in any of your work? - Did you ever meet Konrad Zuze or study his work? - Meet any Rocket scientists? Von Braun?

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Business & Innovation Q&A for Young Entrepreneurs & Others (January 7, 2021)

    Business & Innovation Q&A for Young Entrepreneurs & Others (January 7, 2021)

    Stephen Wolfram answers questions from his viewers about business and innovation as part of an unscripted livestream series, also available on YouTube here: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-business-qa

    Questions include: when did you start to have an entrepreneurial spirit? When you were little, did you work to get money? - If I could start a company today that is likely to make me a ton of money, or one that would let me do something I love, which should I chose? - What made you decide to go through with starting your own business and what did you think of Feynman's advice/letter at the time? - Do you think most academics lack business sense? - Do you think you could have started your companies without having a PhD? It feels as though one needs a PhD to get ahead in tech & business in general these days. - How does one learn to talk to people? - What would be better for a startup to get funds currently--venture capital, debt providers, IPOs, IEOs, ICOs, STOs, IDOs? - I am interested in starting a company but I am finding a hard time deciding on a niche market that is on the small scale max of 100 employee likely in the IT sector. Any suggestions? - What are the areas in which machine learning can be applied but in your experience people have never paid attention to? - I am 18 years old that is interested in science and being an academician is, therefore, appealing , but I recognize that a lot of problems that needs to be fixed couldn't be done from inside academia. What is your advice? - How can you possibly talk so long answering a single question? - How has being based in Illinois near UIUC instead of silicon valley, nyc, or boston impacted your company if at all? what convinced you to make this decision?

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Wolfram Physics Project: A One-Year Celebration and Update Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021 [Part 2]

    Wolfram Physics Project: A One-Year Celebration and Update Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021 [Part 2]

    Stephen Wolfram and team discuss the Wolfram Physics Project one year later by providing an update on the journey to finding the fundamental theory of physics. See the full Wolfram Physics Project video playlist on YouTube: https://wolfr.am/youtube-wpp

    • 1 hr 22 min

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