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Lex Fridman interviews Stephen Wolfram: computer scientist, mathematician, and theoretical physicist who is the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, a company behind Mathematica, Wolfram Alpha, Wolfram Language, and the new Wolfram Physics project.

He is the author of several books including A New Kind of Science, which on a personal note was one of the most influential books in my journey in computer science and artificial intelligence. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast.

Time Index:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 4:16 – Communicating with an alien intelligence
  • 12:11 – Monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 29:06 – What is computation?
  • 44:54 – Physics emerging from computation
  • 1:14:10 – Simulation
  • 1:19:23 – Fundamental theory of physics
  • 1:28:01 – Richard Feynman
  • 1:39:57 – Role of ego in science
  • 1:47:21 – Cellular automata
  • 2:15:08 – Wolfram language
  • 2:55:14 – What is intelligence?
  • 2:57:47 – Consciousness
  • 3:02:36 – Mortality
  • 3:05:47 – Meaning of life
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