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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) [May 28, 2021]

    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [May 28, 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: What is dark matter? - What is the "fabric" of space-time? What gives rise to it? What is it made of? - Is there something smaller than quarks? - How do black holes appear? Going continuously from 0 topological holes to 1. - Is there a computational system similar to quarks? - In WPP, could something, say a black hole, leave a wake/churn in the atoms of space in it's past light cone? Perhaps there is something lingering that's detectable.  Is the structure a mystery? And if we knew what electrons were made of, would we be able to duplicate objects? - Is it really possible to get something from literally nothing? - It is often said that "nothing can escape black holes, not even light". Can gravitational waves escape black holes? If you manage to send two orbiting black holes that are about to merge into a larger black hole, will the gravitational waves still be produced? Does the Theory of Physics of yours have anything to say about that? - How could we be reliable judges of what is metaphysically possible, rather than what seems possible to us given our current evidence (epistemic possibility)? How could we get evidence about which formal systems are metaphysically possible to be realized? -  ​Implications of "hypercomputation" being a possibility and hence existing? -  What was the last 'crazy' or 'unrealistic but interesting' thought with regard to science or your thoughts about reality, a speculation that isn't based in any research but is an intuition? -  If a piece of space breaks off, does it just "float around" in the universe? If so, does gravity increase where that piece passes? -  ​If a piece of universe detaches from our universe in a supercritical black hole, is that universe contained in such a black hole still subject to hashing radiation?   Was the Universe created from an explosion from a super super super super super... black hole? -  Re the close-to-critical black holes. What would you see the 'handful of threads' that connect it to our universe against? In an actual microscope, you see a structure against black background. what's the background here? -  Could black holes be a pinch in space where it goes inside out? If a black hole rotates with that critical speed could it expose hypercomputation? -  Are there any plans to somehow incorporate any formal method tooling?

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [May 21, 2021]

    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [May 21, 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: What happens if you fall into the ocean from a great height? From what I have read, it's like hitting concrete. Can you explain the science behind this? - ​Dr. Wolfram, can you explain the origin of white trail from jets at high altitude. Thank you. - If we rubbed mineral oil/baby oil on us would we move faster in the water? -  How long would we survive if the earth left the suns orbit going away from the sun? - Could everything that gets sucked into all black holes everywhere in the universe go to the same place? - Do black holes rotate? Can they distort the time-space around them? - What is the reason for the distribution of matter and antimatter throughout the universe, why is there much less antimatter?

    • 1 hr 20 min
    What We've Learned from NKS Chapter 12: The Principle of Computational Equivalence [Part 3]

    What We've Learned from NKS Chapter 12: The Principle of Computational Equivalence [Part 3]

    In this episode of "What We've Learned from NKS", Stephen Wolfram is counting down to the 20th anniversary of A New Kind of Science with a chapter retrospective in an ongoing livestream series, also available on YouTube here: https://wolfr.am/12aAqLklA

    • 1 hr 31 min
    What We've Learned from NKS Chapter 12: The Principle of Computational Equivalence [Part 2]

    What We've Learned from NKS Chapter 12: The Principle of Computational Equivalence [Part 2]

    In this episode of "What We've Learned from NKS", Stephen Wolfram is counting down to the 20th anniversary of A New Kind of Science with a chapter retrospective in an ongoing livestream series, also available on YouTube here: https://wolfr.am/12aAqLklA

    • 2 hr 2 min
    What We've Learned from NKS Chapter 12: The Principle of Computational Equivalence [Part 1]

    What We've Learned from NKS Chapter 12: The Principle of Computational Equivalence [Part 1]

    In this episode of "What We've Learned from NKS", Stephen Wolfram is counting down to the 20th anniversary of A New Kind of Science with a chapter retrospective in an ongoing livestream series, also available on YouTube here: https://wolfr.am/12aAqLklA

    • 2 hr 18 min
    What We've Learned from NKS Chapter 11: The Notion of Computation

    What We've Learned from NKS Chapter 11: The Notion of Computation

    In this episode of "What We've Learned from NKS", Stephen Wolfram is counting down to the 20th anniversary of A New Kind of Science with a chapter retrospective in an ongoing livestream series, also available on YouTube here: https://wolfr.am/12aAqLklA

    • 1 hr 54 min

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