Here’s a selection from Lex Fridman’s conversation with Stepham Wolfram.

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