Lex Fridman interviews Sean Carroll in this thought provoking interview.

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech and Santa Fe Institute specializing in quantum mechanics, arrow of time, cosmology, and gravitation. He is the author of several popular books including his latest on quantum mechanics (Something Deeply Hidden) and is a host of a great podcast called Mindscape. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast.

This is the second time Sean has been on the podcast. You can watch the first time here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-NJrvyRo0c

Lex Fridman recently interviewed Garry Kasparov, considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time.

From 1986 until his retirement in 2005, he dominated the chess world, ranking world number 1 for most of those 19 years. While he has many historic matches against human chess players, in the long arc of history he may be remembered for his match again a machine, IBM’s Deep Blue. His initial victories and eventual loss to Deep Blue captivated the imagination of the world of what role Artificial Intelligence systems may play in our civilization’s future. That excitement inspired an entire generation of AI researchers, including myself, to get into the field. Garry is also a pro-democracy political thinker and leader, a fearless human-rights activist, and author of several books including How Life Imitates Chess which is a book on strategy and decision-making, Winter Is Coming which is a book articulating his opposition to the Putin regime, and Deep Thinking which is a book the role of both artificial intelligence and human intelligence in defining our future.  

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OUTLINE:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:33 – Love of winning and hatred of losing
  • 4:54 – Psychological elements
  • 9:03 – Favorite games
  • 16:48 – Magnus Carlsen
  • 23:06 – IBM Deep Blue
  • 37:39 – Morality
  • 38:59 – Autonomous vehicles
  • 42:03 – Fall of the Soviet Union
  • 45:50 – Putin
  • 52:25 – Life