Sabine Hossenfelder explains why free will is incompatible with the currently known laws of nature and why the idea makes no sense anyway.  

Compare this with John-Paul Sartre’s “We are condemned to be free.”

Sounds like a perfect debate topic for Philosophy Friday here on Frank’s World.

Time stamps:

  • 0:00 Intro and Content Summary
  • 0:30 Free will as the possibility to select a future
  • 1:21 Free will is incompatible with the laws of nature
  • 3:02 Chaos and quantum mechanics make no difference
  • 3:50 Free will is nonsense
  • 4:28 Other definitions of free will
  • 6:32 What is really going on
  • 6:58 Reacting to a prediction is not free will
  • 8:00 Free will is unnecessary for moral behavior
  • 9:30 How to live without free will

Seeker explains how a new kind of nuclear battery could power missions into deep space.

In April of 2020, NASA researchers announced they had come up with a new approach to fusion that has the potential to power missions into deep space, and maybe even future laptops here on Earth. This is really exciting news as when it comes to making energy, nuclear fusion is the ultimate goal because of the promise it holds of clean limitless energy that is available on demand.

Elon Musk has warned us that AI and in particular a digital super intelligent AI might render humanity extinct.

We should therefore proceed very carefully in the development of AI systems. One of the solutions for the AI control problem proposed by Elon Musk, is the integration of AI with the human brain through a brain-computer interface. That is one of the reasons why he founded Neuralink, a company focused on the development of implantable brain–machine interfaces.

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Neuralink’s BMI technology might be able to overcome the biological limits of our minds and could even expand our intelligence.The symbiosis between AI and humans, may greatly benefit our species. It may also help humanity to expand out into space. In spite of these possibilities. Musk said that he sees the creation of digital superintelligences as a great risk to the existence of humanity, but he also thinks that we must nevertheless pursue its development.

Sabine Hossenfelder explains what differential equations are, go through two simple examples, explain the relevance of initial conditions and how differential equations generally work, and then discuss what this means to the question whether the future is determined already.

Time Index:

  • 0:00 Motivation and Content Summary
  • 0:55 Example Disease Spread
  • 3:25 Example Newton’s Law
  • 5:18 Initial Values
  • 6:15 What are Differential Equations used for?
  • 7:08 How Differential Equations determine the Future

In this episode, Seeker tackles the question that’s on everyone’s minds: what will it take to have quantum internet in our home?

Yes, Virginia, a quantum internet is in the works.

The U.S. Department of Energy recently rolled out a blueprint describing research goals and engineering barriers on the way to quantum internet.

The DOE’s latest blueprint for a quantum internet in the U.S. has four key milestones. The first is to make sure quantum information sent over current fiber optic cables is secure. Then to establish entangled networks across colleges or cities, then throughout states, and finally for the whole country.