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Live CEOing #771:
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Future of Science & Technology Q&A:
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Live CEOing #769:
History of Science & Technology Q&A:
Can you talk about the history of hearts? Why does the human heart not resemble the heart shape seen most commonly in other forms? How did scientists discover the brain and its purpose? When did this happen? What about the theories that say that neither the brain nor anything else in the body is the "site of consciousness" (e.g. "the brain is just a receiver")? There's at least some stuff there that can't be easily dismissed. ​​Any thoughts on Panini, who wrote a meta-rule to decode the rule conflicts in the linguistic algorithm? How has technology influenced the development and preservation of languages? Why did the Latin language "die"? Do you think it would be widely used if it had survived? The Pirahã, a tribe in Brazil, have a very peculiar way of talking. They don't include numbers and time, if I understand. How do linguists reconstruct ancient languages they have little direct evidence of?​ ​​Would the Greek spoken at the time of Aristotle be fully intelligible to speakers of modern Greek? How did accents and dialects evolve (for example, UK English vs. US English)​? The reconstructed 1700s London accent sounds somewhat American, I thought? ​​Are there still undiscovered writing systems to be discovered? ​​Do you have any comments on the relationship scientists have had with the philosophy of science? ​​If one views religion as a function whose input is belief and output is explanation of "the unknown," then could science ("many universes" in quantum theory, for example) be construed as such? View Less »
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Live CEOing #768:
Live CEOing #767:
Science & Technology Q&A for Kids & Others:
Future of Science & Technology Q&A:
Do you think the plateau of LLMs will be at the level of understanding language? Once it does plateau, it will start to taper off and we'll need to use a different technique. How do you know that our brains aren't already using compression? The AI could make far more precise classifications than we make, leading to new words and their very precise and peculiar meanings. What seems more important to me is just the speed of the medium that AI has and how quickly it can process all of the interrelations, even when it's just forty thousand concepts, let alone larger context. Which language is best at this compression? Is there room for significant advancements in mathematical notations? A single biological neuron has been shown to be able to perform an exclusive OR operation. A current simple artificial neuron can't do that. Do you think we are underestimating the power of biological neurons compared to artificial neurons? Did the neural nets that you were playing with learn after their minds were blown? ​​What is your view on emergent phenomena? Do you think it is possible to predict all the emergent abilities AI can possibly obtain? Will humanoid robots usher in an age of abundance? Can a higher intelligence ever transcend computational irreducibility? Why does pessimism toward future technology exist? My experience is that most people's default opinion on future tech is "Let's not do this." Can we calculate how captured wind energy will influence the weather in the future if we become fully independent from fossil fuels? What is there to say about the future of food science? Will someone be able to recreate Willy Wonka's creations? Most of the energy in wind is not on the ground, it's over oceans and up in the sky. ​​Could one devise a "computation engine" analogous to a thermodynamic engine, where useful work is a consequence of information processing? Can AI solve the taste problem as it did the protein-folding problem? If we could run our evolution over and over again, maybe we could see ourselves in some different shapes, floating in space with different ways of communication. For example, we could exchange thoughts telepathically, or maybe we could influence objects without physical contact. What are your thoughts on this? Would it be easier to genetically modify kiwi instead? View Less »
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Business, Innovation & Managing Life Q&A:
Have you had a chance to try Apple's new VR headset? You previously discussed the role of AI in the future of science. What about the role of AI in the future of business, innovation or managing life? ​Have you ever determined your Myers–Briggs personality type? Ever considered hiring based on a personality test? ​​What's some good advice for starting work on a super-novel thing where there is almost no literature about it? At this stage in your career, has your vision for your legacy reified fully, and if so, what do you imagine it being? Eliminating computational irreducibility within the ruliad and maximizing its positive impact on the world, for example? ​​How have your experiences in education influenced your approach to innovation? Einstein is attributed as having said, "If I had an hour to solve a problem, I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions." Do any of your businesses have plans to build blockchain solutions? How does blockchain technology fit into your vision of the future? What is a fun business idea you have had but never executed? Do you think we'll get to a point of textbooks by AI? Wolfram was one of the pioneers in using notebooks for scientific programming, i.e. literate programming. Do you think new programming languages will be more expressive? Do you think philosophy and psychology (or an applied version of these for those less theoretical) should be taught throughout the school years just like English and math (in addition to everything else)? View Less »
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Science & Technology Q&A for Kids & Others: