The Stephen Wolfram Podcast

The Stephen Wolfram Podcast

Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of nearly four decades, he has been a pioneer in the development and application of computational thinking—and has been responsible for many discoveries, inventions and innovations in science, technology and business. On his podcast, Stephen discusses topics ranging from the history of science to the future of civilization and ethics of AI.

The Stephen Wolfram Podcast

Fri Jun 07 2024

Future of Science & Technology Q&A (January 5, 2024)

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The episode explores various areas of progress in science and technology. Topics include the future of science and technology, advancements in various fields, breakthroughs in aging and technology, engineering developments and automation, advancements in science and technology, advancements in encryption and biomimetics, mathematical axioms and future technologies, exploring consciousness and computational irreducibility, merging scientific knowledge and Eastern philosophy, computational irreducibility and limits of knowledge, and resurfacing ideas and mathematics.

The Stephen Wolfram Podcast

Fri Jun 07 2024

Business, Innovation, and Managing Life (January 3, 2024)

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This episode features a Q&A session with the founder and CEO of Wolf from Research, discussing business, innovation, and foundational questions in science and technology. The speaker emphasizes the importance of computational thinking and the challenges in teaching it. They also share insights on choosing focus areas, exploring diverse topics, success in physics, innovation, judging new work, hardware vs software, education, career choices, the role of universities, learning without institutions, and innovation challenges. The episode concludes with a wrap-up and additional information.

The Stephen Wolfram Podcast

Fri May 31 2024

Science & Technology Q&A for Kids (and others) [December 29, 2023]

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This episode explores the differences between the human brain and AI systems, the role of language in communication, the importance of abstraction in education, the basics of chemistry including atoms and molecules, the complexity of chemical reactions, energy levels in chemical reactions, magnetism and electron configuration, the intersection of chemistry with biology and nanotechnology, magnetic properties and computational challenges, and the exploration of unknowns in chemistry.

The Stephen Wolfram Podcast

Fri May 31 2024

Future of Science & Technology Q&A (December 22, 2023)

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This podcast explores the potential consequences of humans having a trillion neurons in their brains compared to the current 86 billion neurons. It questions how an increase in neuron count would affect human consciousness and experience. The speaker explores the idea that humans tend to simplify and objectify the world using a limited number of words, creating a symbolic version of reality.

The Stephen Wolfram Podcast

Fri May 24 2024

Science & Technology Q&A for Kids (and others) [December 15, 2023]

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This episode explores the fascinating world of prime numbers, covering their properties, unsolved problems in mathematics, factoring numbers, cryptography, quantum computing, elliptic curve cryptography, cryptanalysis, complex systems, and the surprising nature of primes. Discover the infinite nature of primes, their role in cryptography and security, the challenges in factoring large numbers, and the intricate organization of complex systems. Join us on this journey through the captivating realm of prime numbers.

The Stephen Wolfram Podcast

Fri May 24 2024

History of Science & Technology Q&A (December 13, 2023)

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This episode explores the history of gazettes and censuses, the value of historical data, insights from ancient artifacts and scientific principles, the importance of looking back at history, advancements in science and conceptual frameworks, understanding particle interactions and string theory, the evolution of string theory and challenges faced, quantum chromodynamics and observer theory, and philosophical implications related to a physics project.

The Stephen Wolfram Podcast

Wed May 22 2024

Stephen Wolfram Readings: Why Does Biological Evolution Work

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The podcast episode discusses a recent blog by Stephen on why biological evolution works and presents a minimal model for understanding it. The emergence of complexity in biology is fundamentally a computational phenomenon relying on general computational features. Adaptive evolution often leads to unexpected and complex solutions that exhibit traces of computational reducibility. The wide range of forms and functions in organisms is made possible by the universal computational character of their setup and computational irreducibility.

The Stephen Wolfram Podcast

Fri May 17 2024

Business, Innovation, and Managing Life (December 6, 2023)

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This episode covers a wide range of topics including business strategies, project management, communication techniques, data analysis challenges, automation trends, income inequality, career aspirations, computational thinking, interview processes, programming automation, scientific uncertainty, academia versus business structures, innovation in content creation, alternative paths in software distribution, teaching opportunities, and upcoming projects related to Wolf Language.

The Stephen Wolfram Podcast

Fri May 17 2024

Future of Science & Technology Q&A (December 1, 2023)

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The episode explores topics such as time travel, teleportation, coherence in space-time, molecular archaeology, nanopore techniques, gravitational lensing, generating hash codes, browser limitations, computer security, large language models, and neural nets in machine learning.

The Stephen Wolfram Podcast

Fri May 10 2024

Business, Innovation, and Managing Life (November 15, 2023)

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