Stephen Wolfram Livestreams


Business, Innovation & Managing Life Q&A (30 videos)

Biweekly ask-me-anything about business, innovation & managing life

Business, Innovation & Managing Life Q&A:
Business, Innovation & Managing Life Q&A:
What is the value system you follow based on? Have you designed your own value and motivational structure? Do you find exercising your personal thoughts on these livestreams can be a therapeutic experience? Have you ever thought about the role of physical exercise or sports as a companion activity to intellectual pursuits? Exercise has been shown to be the only big booster of neuroplasticity besides being of a developmental age. Curious that campuses have so much of it. Strange that as a university professor, you were not that interested in education—your enthusiasm for these livestreams says otherwise... and unflattering things on formal university education! My capacity to brainstorm and associate ideas while walking is much greater. I highly recommend to approach walking like that. Do you enjoy music? Who is your favorite composer/band? Do you listen to music generated by AI? Oh my gosh, I'm loving the image of Stephen at a Taylor Swift concert. Thoughts on your involvement with the movie Arrival? Do you have any advice (time management, prioritizing) for a first-time parent trying to juggle being present in a kid's life, but also having recently started a business? How did you know you wanted to have children? And did they contribute in any way toward your learning in your field/general lifelong learning? How did you manage at-home office hours? Lock the door and set expectations? On the topic of kids, I'm currently eating a box of Cheerios with my two kiddos while watching this. What do you think about the recent remote-work criticism by Elon Musk regarding innovation not working as well in a distributed/remote manner? View Less »
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Do you take work problems home? What are your thoughts about a balanced work life? What is a "shocking" meeting? What do you think of Elon Musk buying Twitter? It's like voting for algorithms in elections! Algorithm personalities or bias will be increasingly important, I think. Now that I think of it, a "master AI" will basically mimic a human—a "well-rounded" human derived from all the info out there. The real world is also highly dynamic, so one AI might be ideal for a while, and then another will be better. When something seems to be a mishmash of complicated spaghetti code, it's often because the obvious and simple solution is being dismissed early on for mistaken reasons. No code is the best code in the case of Twitter ranking algorithms. Just let users do it with sorting/filters! It's pretty funny watching people get excited about Twitter again. How can we avoid the world becoming an electronic panopticon when everything goes digital (currency, ID, AI government...)? [Several comments mentioning the Ministry of Truth] I do think the marketplace approach isn't a bad option, but it seems like the optimal way to do that is just to reopen the Twitter API and let different people create clients. You end up with a social network as good as the people in the network. I don't think you can elevate people by moderating what they are allowed to say. I don't think you can avoid bias; it's just inherent to language and minimally complex knowledge units. Bias should be a feature more than something to avoid. It's more useful to understand bias than to attempt to neutralize it. What tools do you use to get refocused? How do you set yourself up for more creative exploratory activities? View Less »
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