Lex Fridman

Alexander Fridman is a professor at Drexel University and the director of the Nyheim Plasma Institute. He is one of the top plasma physicists and plasma chemists in the world. And most importantly to me, he is my dad. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast.

Content index:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 6:57 – Einstein and beautiful ideas in physics
  • 10:03 – Simple, powerful ideas
  • 12:57 – Falling in love with science
  • 19:45 – Gagarin and space race
  • 21:29 – Poetry
  • 29:31 – Early school days
  • 38:33 – Soviet education
  • 43:31 – A stressful experience
  • 51:49 – Childhood – memories of mom and dad
  • 54:26 – Losing dad
  • 1:02:30 – World War II
  • 1:12:21 – Soviet Union
  • 1:13:50 – Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • 1:24:18 – Theoretical physics
  • 1:26:29 – Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy
  • 1:37:34 – Meeting mom
  • 1:45:16 – Becoming a father
  • 2:06:28 – Chernobyl nuclear disaster
  • 2:17:35 – What is plasma?
  • 2:26:54 – Hot plasma and cold plasma
  • 2:31:24 – Mysteries in plasma
  • 2:36:38 – Plasma physics and plasma chemistry
  • 2:39:42 – Plasma medicine
  • 2:45:12 – Nobel prizes in plasma
  • 2:50:17 – Cold fusion
  • 2:54:16 – Journey to America
  • 2:59:43 – Nyheim Plasma Institute
  • 3:12:10 – Artificial intelligence
  • 3:21:43 – Mortality
  • 3:27:59 – Meaning of life
  • 3:35:32 – Toast

Microsoft Mechanics talks about Power VA (Power Virtual Agents) in this video.

Watch how Microsoft Power Virtual Agents gives you a fast, intuitive and AI-rich way to create intelligent bots that make decisions and take actions. Join Emma Archer, from the Power Virtual Agents team, and Jeremy Chapman as they review. If you are new to Power Virtual Agents, it’s Microsoft’s newest member of the Power Platform. The Power Platform is Microsoft’s family of tools for low-to-zero-code modern app development, process automation, business insights, and now – chatbots.

Interested in testing it out for yourself? Go to powervirtualagents.microsoft.com

MSR’s New York City lab is home to some of the best reinforcement learning research on the planet but if you ask any of the researchers, they’ll tell you they’re very interested in getting it out of the lab and into the real world.

One of those researchers is Dr. Akshay Krishnamurthy and today, he explains how his work on feedback-driven data collection and provably efficient reinforcement learning algorithms is helping to move the RL needle in the real-world direction.