A heady mix of philosophy, physics, and computational theory, this episode is not one to miss for those interested in the frontiers of scientific thought and the mysteries of existence. Cody McLain sits down with Stephen Wolfram, the founder of Wolfram|Alpha and a pivotal figure in computational theory. With discussions ranging from the inherent complexities of the universe to the nature of consciousness, listeners are taken on a cerebral journey that challenges conventional wisdom. Whether you're a tech guru, an aspiring entrepreneur, or just someone looking to expand your intellectual horizons, this episode offers something for everyone. Don't miss out on this captivating exploration of life's biggest questions.
Books and other interesting mentions:
A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram
Double Slit Experiment
Principle of Computational Equivalence
00:25 About Stephen Wolfram
02:24 Wolfram|Alpha: the beginnings
05:44 Mathematica and The New Kind of Science
07:38 Computational Language and AI
15:30 Wolfram|Alpha + ChatGPT
19:28 the good vs the bad, how values and morality fits in
22:13 Computational Irreducibilty, what is it?
26:48 Values and Contradictions, There will always be the other side of the coin
28:03 AI for everybody, is AI the new people's gadget?
31:01 AI or just a larger more sophisticated algorithm?
33:42 Sentient AI's, what is being sentient?
38:10 Things just got deep, what is computational universe theory?
42:22 And you thought Math is boring
46:08 The Universe and existence as we perceive it, the principle of computational equivalence, and more
52:36 ChatGPT in Education and for the future generations, bane or boon?
58:03 How to get more of Stephen Wolfram and final thoughts