Stephen Wolfram Livestreams


Business, Innovation & Managing Life Q&A (20 videos)

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

Business, Innovation & Managing Life Q&A:
Can you use Wolfram Language to log onto a website with username and password and read data from a website? Will computational chem/Biochem programs (Alphafold2?) be accurate enough in its predictions to completely dominate private R&D to reduce the costs and durations of expensive wet lab experimentation? When did you first decide to hire people at Wolfram Research? How did you recruit & evaluate them? What have you learned about hiring since then? ​Have you ever authentically read and replied to an unsolicited email if someone has an important idea for Mathematica and/or the Wolfram Language? ​Do you have developers that work in a large variety of topics (changing monthly perhaps), or are most in a 'fixed' position/topic? ​When you reach the level you do with Wolfram Research, what steps do you undertake to ensure that you continue to innovate and don't lose ground to your competitors, and that you don't take the wrong business decisions? ​As someone with a technical background, how do you maintain a holistic overview of your company? For instance, do you better attempt to understand the company's financial books? ​What is your work out routine? ​How do you balance time being creative (for projects) vs the everyday necessary work? ​At the start of crypto projects there is always this battle between centralization and decentralization. You need an amount of centralization in the beginning to get things going. How long should a project be given before you let in the masses? ​Do you have an opinion concerning "Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger"? ​Do you use rules similar to those in Cellular Automata when you manage your company or your company's projects? View Less »
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Has Wolfram Research, Inc., done any research and/or deals connected with household/personal robots such as Amazon's Astro? Question about your personal data logging: have you identified any low-hanging fruit that could be broadly useful for "managing life"? Have you done any ML on that data? When did you realize you could do science for a living? Did you ever expect you'd do something else? Are people the world over losing confidence in fiat money and governments in general? What do you do to keep up your energy, supplements, omega 3 oils? What is the difference between planning for the future and envisioning a future? I work 9 AM to 9 PM, in programming/math. I feel its fine, but people say I work too much, and that I should give myself a break. Should I listen? When does your working day end? Music while working? Do you advise young professionals to "play the game", as in follow rules, meet requirements, concede to superiors, be political, etc., in academia or commercial? Do you respect people who do this approach? @Wolfram What do you spend your personal money on, do you ever treat yourself to sth nice, jewelry, fine dinner, etc.? ​@Wolfram Stephen did you ever have to live with noisy upstairs neighbours? ​How do you decide between accuracy, speed and readability of code? Which tradeoff do you take and why? ​What's your opinion on company acquisition? Have Wolfram Research ever acquired other companies? If so, how to quickly integrate an acquired company? ​Here's a question. My dad retired very early and he's got no direction, no focus or job. So he's digging himself into a pit. What can I advise he learns/does that would be worth the doing? ​​Building an app that takes human language as input, do you feel that current state of the art in parsers and compilers (based on Chomsky/Trees/AST from >30 years ago) are in need of a rethink? View Less »
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Business, Innovation & Managing Life Q&A:
How do you plan and track your product roadmaps? How far in advance do you plan? Do you decide to go to bed based on the time or once you finish a piece of work? Or do you like to leave pieces of work open to sleep on? What impact is chinas energy crisis going to have on manufacturing? Are you worried about inflation of the US dollar? How to not worry about larger Macroeconomic events and just focus on business? How is your ERP replacement project going that was mentioned a year ago? Has anyone built a computer yet that is good at programming other computers? Do you agree a life un-examined is not worth living? What would you like to see younger/newer programmers focusing on? Do you think that the computer science community is focusing too much on video games, dating apps, etc.? To be creative, do I need to know how to change peoples beliefs? There are many people in this world with many creative ideas, though how probable is it that I am the one to proof a science like no other? Do you think the current democracies are the apex of history, or better systems to organize societies has to come? Hi Mr. Wolfram, maybe this is too personal but have you ever experience anxiety or any other of mental health problems, in relation with managing a business and your time? thanks Hi Mr. Wolfram, maybe this is too personal but have you ever experience anxiety or any other of mental health problems, in relation with managing a business and your time? thanks Is this why Professor Feynman insisted on explaining to Plant Workers about neutrons? View Less »
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Business, Innovation & Managing Life Q&A:
How to start a mega corporation? How do you retain the best people over the years? ​I heard, CEOs have actually no impact in large companies. ​How do you have a successful software company in this day with only 3 good ML engineers left? just saying I've heard WRI really needs to hire more ML experts, how do you do that when good ML ppl don't work for less than 150k ​How many people could someone lead? ​After starting a business, how do you know when you should secure an attorney? It's such a large expense but seems like an unavoidable necessity. ​ Any plans to take a trip into space? ​I am 17 right now. Do you think the USA is better than the UK for business and innovation? 2nd question: do you think its a good idea to start building companies in your 20s, or is it a better idea to first build (theoretical) experience and go for it later on? as in, what do you think of people in their early 20s building ML/AI startups? ​Do you have any heuristics on deciding when to stop or dramatically alter a long term and expensive research project? ​It is tempting to be very quantitative about measuring the output of your various projects and teams in Wolfram. tempting to try and optimize it can also leave people feeling like robots? Balance? Have you ever made any of your employees sign employee contracts with non-compete agreements? Are there any focused Research teams in Wolfram? Like full-time researchers on AI/ML? ​Are there any plans to open offices in Germany? ​You were very successful at a young age. How can one be confident towards older or more experienced people? ​What quality should we look in people to determine if working with them will improve us? ​​Do you have ideas for intermediate-scale projects / companies (maybe 25 or less people) that you aren't working on because they aren't compatible with Wolfram's size? ​​​Dear Stephen, what is your favorite chocolate? ​​​What was your reaction to getting the MacArthur grant? Was it exciting? What did you do with the money? (Was there money attached to it back then?) View Less »
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