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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.
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Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: Do you think that neurons work more as a mechanical system or rather on quantum level? Is computational power done by the neural network or more by the microtubules? - It has been argued that the majority of published research findings in science are false (i.e., overfitting). Since you have read 100s of research papers, has this been your experience? Are there fields where the academic research is generally of higher quality? - Is it possible to slow climate change by creating like a layer of clouds to lower temperature by a bit? - How do birds fly and why is it so hard to completely understand and mimic it? - ​What does it mean when a paper is peer review. Who are the peers? - ​I want to teach science for my 3 years old sister, what subjects do I teach? - Regarding climate change, if all of the glaciers melt, how will coastal cities keep the water back? - How many hours of sleep you get? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: Hi Stephen, you have said that you doubt whether quantum computers will ever work. Why do I read so often that another quantum computer was built with so and so many qbits? - We know there are more than three dimensions? - What is quantum tunneling? - Why is the 3-body problem so hard to solve? - Who is your favourite Manhattan project Scientist? I was reading about Stanislaw Ulam did you ever meet him? - ​Have you ever considered teaching other subjects besides math? What subjects? - What do you know about Ettore Majorana? - ​I'd be curious to hear what your thoughts are on Music Theory and Composition. Are you familiar with Dmitri Tymoczko at Princeton? - ​Can you explain Hurwitz's automorphisms theorem? - Do you think that neurons work more as a mechanical system or rather on quantum level? Is computational power done by the neural network or more by the microtubules? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: Can data be sent via light wirelessly? - How can there be different types of twilights and would you observe the same thing on Mars? - Why is the sky not black? - How do I become a scientist like you? How did you make it to create a business out of it? - ​Is it possible to do a PhD research under your supervision? - Can photons interact? I heard about light-by-light scattering; but aren't photons just the (independent) quantum activation of an electro-magnetic wave? - My supervisor says that I should do little progresses and publish lots even if shallow works, but I am more inclined to fewer deeper works. What should I do? - Is there a hard lesson you learnt that has impacted you deeply? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: ​If humankind had evolved 12 fingers, and if we all used base 12 to count and do commerce, would this have made any difference to our scientific development? - ​Do you think you could convince Dana Scott to expand his lecture "Looking Forward, Looking Backward" into a memoirs book similar to "idea makers"? - ​As in your physics project, do you think the entire legal system could emerge from a few simple laws (rules)? - Imaginary Numbers Are Real? What is present in real life? - How can we implement quantum logic circuit? - Is pi irrational because we use decimal system? Because in binary 0.1 can't be expressed properly. Do you think if we used something else for pi it would be rational? - How much do you trust current methods of encryption (leaving quantum computers aside)? Are they really unbreakable? - What do you think about AI writing mathematical proofs? - Your products excel at making complex technology user accessible - even for the layperson. Could you speak to what makes them so successful? - What's the best way to learn something for slow learners? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: What's your opinion of the usability and programmability of current computers in comparison to the ones you have used ind your live? Do you have any wish regarding future computers? - How do you think we can fix the shortcomings of the current neural network architectures? - Why does hitting a bucket of water on the side with a tennis ball make the water surface splash with plenty of tiny droplets which go very high, but hitting it with the same force with the foot make the water move as a big lump which don't splash. Is it analogous to the photoelectric effect? - What sources do you use for keeping up with science news? - How can I get my PhD in physics at age 20 like you? - Were you involved with the SICP course over at MIT? - Why computational science is not spreading among high schools? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions  include: Is the number 0 a natural or an integer number? - How do you  do calculus on round object like spheres or donuts? - If you could  change how we measure time, would you and to what? - ​I've read that  their is/are giant clouds of (methyl) alcohol in space. Can it be a  possibility that those clouds of alcohol have to chance to potentially  "sanitize" microbes that one day could lead to complex and or  intelligent life? - Speaking of the Romans, do you think Latin is a  better language than English for science and mathematics? - How can we  get the slope of hills when the earth is round and not flat picture of a  curve? - How can one achieve file fragmentation in a filesystem  designed for archive files? For example how can one append x number of  sectors to a static list of Tar Posix Headers and file data sections. -  Do you have any ideas on how to solve protein folding? Would your math  research help with this problem? - ​Is there a relation between the  classification of finite simple groups and your physics theory? See the full Q&A video playlist: wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: Why does matter and anti-matter annihilate when they come together? What is the mechanism behind an electron and a positron to convert to energy when they meet? Saying that they are of opposite charges doesn't really explain it - So entropy always tends towards the lowest energy state? - What is the most "scientifically" interesting place you have visited? - How long does the "virtual photon" live before it converts into a pair of particles? - Why do humans have unique fingerprints, iris etc? and do other creatures also have these features?? - What is your favorite unsolved problem? - If you could go back in time and help a legendary scientist solve a problem, who and what would it be? - What is the oldest known and unknown civilization which had the notion of universe and mathematics? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: What is dark matter? - Why is the Sun's corona hotter than its core? - Are white holes only theoretical or are they real? Is a black hole a sphere with condensed light and matter? or does all that light and matter go somewhere? - A question from 8 years old boy from Houston enjoying this stream but can't stop himself from asking: is it possible now to clone a dinosaur (given that proper quality DNA material will be found)? - How can we tell the difference between science and pseudoscience? - In convection, what drives the flow of air/fluid in the first place? is it just the potential energy stored in the temperature gradient? - Is there any possibility of creation of dark matter in fusion reactors like tokomak? - Why is the moon the same size as the sun? [from what we see on Earth] - What do you do for fun? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: What is the difference between fusion and fission? - What is the difference between regular helium, like those in balloons, and Helium-3? - Can you explain the physics of why ice is slippery? - Would you mind explaining Van der Waals force? - Does quantum mechanical tunneling play much of a role in nuclear fusion? - ​Are you planning on ever releasing the raw data of all the possible simple programs you generated while working on "A New Kind of Science"?  - When Andromeda collides with the Milkyway, what's going to happen to Life on Earth, neighboring planets and solar systems? - What advice would you give to someone who is starting to study analysis from scratch (i.e. from Zermelo Fraenkel axioms and so on)? - Speak about Einstein's correct prediction of the perihelion of Mercury when people realized Einstein's theory was better than Newton's. What might be the equivalent for the Wolfram Physics Project? - What gave you the confidence to study physics since you were a kid?. What advice would you give to a kid interested in learning that has an internet connection and a Raspberry Pi? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: When will we run out of scientific innovations? Is there a limit to technology? - ​Is it possible to build a place without gravity? - Do you think there is anything between the known particles (and Planck length 10^-33) and your hypergraphs (at length 10^-93), such as another set of "elementary" particles? - Will technology allow for one true universal language [for the deaf, blind, romance languages, Arabic languages, Asian languages, computer languages, etc...], eliminating the need for translations? - Who is the leader in information technology at the moment (my guess is China!)? - Is there a relationship between computational irreducibility and the uncertainty principle from Quantum Mechanics? - Is there a formal definition of Number? - Why all electrons are same? - What temperature does a laser have? - How does a laser work? - How can galaxies retain their shape for billions of years? - Will it be possible to tell a joke in a symbolic discourse language. Who (and what) may find it funny? - You once said that when you were starting out, Feynman gave you a collection of his mathematical tricks for integration, which you didn't end up using. Have you published this? I would really really like to see his notes! See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: How did Alan Turning crack the Enigma Code? - Can you explain Newton seconds law of motion? - How much of science is kept secret, either classified by the military or waiting for monetization inside private research labs? - How should we understand the double-slit experiment with light? If light is made of particles whose quantum wave functions interfere, producing the diffraction pattern we see? Or is light an electromagnetic wave that produces an interference pattern like any other wave phenomenon? - Why does no time pass at the speed of light? - Computers were inspired in particular by Turing works, right? - Where does the word compute in English come from? - Why is the Von Neumann CPU architecture still dominating instead of more parallel solutions? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: How does one imagine a color they've never seen before? - Why does blue light prevent you from sleeping? - What advice would you give to learn real analysis? - What happens when you cry in space? - Who is the most underrated scientist? - How did the early universe manage to get mixed up enough that it is roughly the same? - How does one see colors? - Radio waves from the planets, when transformed into the audio spectrum, sound so very strange. Why do they sound so spooky? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: What actually happens with my computer when it crashes? - How come that the humidity inside the cloud is 100% and right next to it is practically zero? What is the answer to that? - What is your opinion Leonhard Euler or Albert Einstein? - How important is money in science? - Is there a maximum limit on temperature based on the fact that particles cannot reach or exceed the speed of light? - How to choose what to work on? - Any advice for someone who has just graduate college with a STEM degree and is interested in graduate school? I'm interested in molecular biology/biochemistry if relevant. - What/who is Nicolas Bourbaki, and how was it created? - Do you think only rich people can "do" science? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: Why is the P=NP problem considered so difficult to solve? - How can they solve Fermat's Last Theorem? - How many hours do you spend reading everyday? - How do I learn something? - Do you prefer to read on paper or on a screen? - How often do you use the book "A latin Dictionary Lewis and short" doing science? Is it useful? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: Considering the Star Trek Universal Translator, what size samples of an unknown language would be needed to begin to understand it? - Is the best way to profit off mars exploration the selling of intellectual property gained from research done there? Can you think of any other ways? - Do you have an advice for all those teenagers who want to discover a new kind of Science? Just as you did! - How do you feel about: Academia vs. Self made men. Is there a place for natural self-taught talent? - Do you think language is evolutionary inevitability of consciousness, i.e if you find sentient life, you will find a language that the consciousness communicates in? As a corollary, given a language can you find a consciousness behind it? - Hello, I am a physics teacher, what is your opinion about teaching physics today? - What's your take on autonomous cars and how long till they become feasible? - What books would you recommend to a curious teen, looking forward to learning more about science and getting more concrete knowledge? - How do you go about building a team around you to solve the problems you want to work on? - Could you share some of your business knowledge with us, maybe writing some blog posts about it? - What's the future of fiat currency? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: What is imaginary about imaginary numbers and what do they represent? - How can you split an atom and why is it difficult? - Is making an arc reactor (iron man) possible? - Beryllium experiment resulted in a 5th force -> what is that and how does it work? - Are there more substances or elements that work like palladium? - Where does the energy come from to emit all these virtual gluons? - Are helium3 and moon minerals useful for fusion? - If a matter black hole collided with an antimatter black hole of the same mass, would the explosion be contained to a new black hole? - Is there anything special about the size of animals on earth that makes us conscious? Could the weather system on large planets, or galaxies be conscious? - How is something like a physical push or friction force explained in terms of the 4 fundamental forces? - Has a question about "hard light" been asked? As in keeping photons still. (not a light saber, or laser beam, but like hard light that you could "walk on". Something along those lines) - But it is still unknown whether antimatter gravitates or anti gravitates for certain? - Thank you for streaming Stephen! Do you prefer Stephen or Steve or something else?
Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: How far away are we from a new propulsion system that could take us to another galaxy? - What about a "railgun" in space that also launches rockets? - Micro nuclear explosions? - Does the sun emit EMP pulses, and if so how are satellites protected? - If light is made of light, how can it go around anything? - Can you build a satellite with off the shelf electronics (such as raspberry pi) by providing enough CPU redundancy and some basic shielding? - What additional shielding technologies do you think we need to best overcome space radiation that astronauts face when headed to Mars? - What are the unique properties of element 115? - How do I win the fight against the fear of learning something if it looks really intimidating? - Gravity affects photons but photons have no mass? Or is this a case of energy equals mass? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram discusses the new Wolfram Physics Project, this time specifically for what physics might look like built by aliens. See the full Wolfram Physics Project video playlist on YouTube: https://wolfr.am/youtube-wpp
Stephen Wolfram answers audience questions about science fiction concepts as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: What will sci-fi look like in 20 years? How does the past compare to today? - Will there be a "Golden Age" for science? - Russia and the USA are only a few miles apart at some locations, still it takes more than 10 hours of flight time. Why? - Why and how do you know all this? - Do you think that we will have brain implants that allow us to access the internet anytime soon? - Is it true that only left-handed people are in their "right" minds? - Have you given any thought to adding augmented reality features into Wolfram|Alpha for Android? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
Stephen Wolfram answers audience questions about science fiction concepts as part of an ongoing livestream series. Questions include: How long before we colonize Mars? - Why isn't a Tricorder available yet? - How would teleportation work if we could make it happen? - Why don't we have flying cars yet? - Can you explain the physical difference between a 1 volt and a 2 volt battery? - Can we manipulate the weather and formation of clouds in quantum state or create new kind of quantum equipment? - Is there any merit to discussion about such questions, given that actualization of our sci-fi dreams is never literal? - What are your thoughts on starshot projects that will attempt shooting satellites to the Alpha Centauri system with lasers? - Could a technologically advanced civilization arise on a planet completely covered in water? - Can a tardigrade survive on Mars? - Why aren't prehistoric animals resurrected yet? - Can you engineer a seed to grow a house? See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa
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Maciej M

thank you for uploading! this is great

May 28th
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Maciej M

Great! Please upload the rest :)

May 22nd
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Béranger

wrong ordering options

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