Eric Weinstein: On Fake News, Trump, and the Mathematical Mind with Dave Rubin
Eric Weinstein (Managing Director, Thiel Capital) joins Dave Rubin to discuss Trump, the 4 kinds of fake news, complex mathematical theories, and more. These are two of our favorites.
Stephen Wolfram: On His Book: A New Kind of Science
Noted scientist Stephen Wolfram shares his perspective of how the unexpected results of simple computer experiments have forced him to consider a whole new way of looking at processes in our universe.
Eric Weinstein: On Systems Architecture, Kabuki Capitalism, and the Economic Manhattan Project
Eric Weinstein (Managing Director, Thiel Capital) gives a discussion on =economics drawing on his deep understanding of math, psychology and systems architecture. Never an economist by trade, Weinstein gives a new perspective on the field.
Timothy Gowers: On The Importance of Mathematics
Speaking to a group of the best mathematicians in the world, Timothy Gowers talks about the applications of their work and the connections it has to other aspects of life.
Jim Simons: On My Life in Mathematics
Jim Simons: My Life in Mathematics is an autobiographical story on a career in financial markets from one of the most successful hedge fund managers over the past 30 years. Many of the stories contain lessons that apply across a number of areas of life and markets.
Timothy Gowers: On Exploring Mathematical Sets
Professor Timothy Gowers (University of Cambridge) speaking at the LMS/EMS Anniversary Mathematical Weekend at Birmingham University The talk spans a number of topics as he plays with mathematical concepts.
John Nash: On his life before and after the Nobel Prize
Dr. John Nash talks about the impact the Prize had on his life, his talent for mathematics as a child (5:38), the work that gave him the Prize (9:03), advice to young students (13:07), the important economic issues of today (2004) (15:26), and shares his thoughts about the movie on his life, 'A Beautiful Mind' (21:18).
Douglas Hofstadter: On Analogy as the Core of Cognition
In this Presidential Lecture, cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter examines the role and contributions of analogy in cognition, using a variety of analogies to illustrate his points. Hofstadter connects the concept of analogy to our neurological processes as well as describing the implications of the method of thought. For more writing on the importance of metaphors, check out the work of George Lakoff.
Douglas Hofstadter: On Limits of Logic: The Godel Legacy
Kurt Gödel showed that mathematical thinking cannot be captured in a formal axiomatic reasoning system. What does this deep result mean in practice? What are the limits of computer thinking? Can beauty and creativity and a sense of humor be formalized? Douglas Hofstadter explore these questions and more in this introduction to Godel's work. His book, Godel, Escher, Bach remains one of the most amazing works of writing in the last century. Hofstadter is a creative genius.
Stephen Wolfram: On How to Tell AIs What to Do (and What to Tell Them)
A discussion with Stephen Wolfram on the state of Artificial Intelligence and how we will use the technology to advance civilization. Q&A and panel session includes the following questions: When will AI reach human-level intelligence? What are the difficulties you foresee in developing a symbolic discourse language? Do we live in a deterministic universe? Is our present reality a simulation? Does free will exist, and how does consciousness arise from computation? Can we separate rules and principles in a way that is computable for AI? How can AI navigate contradictions in human ethical systems?
Douglas Hofstadter: On The Nature of Categories and Concepts
In this talk Hofstadter examines our methods of catigorization and the paradoxes that exist in those methods. What is a quintessential category? Bird, perhaps? Or maybe chair? And what is a quintessential concept? Two? Number? Prime number? "A category is a set of objects out there in the real world, whereas a concept is a mental entity that gets activated whenever one sees a member of the corresponding category"?
Stephen Wolfram: On The Future of Computation and Knowledge
This event was part of It's All About Math, an ongoing series hosted by the Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto on February 2, 2016 at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology.In 2014, as a culmination of more than 30 years of work, Wolfram began to roll out the Wolfram Language, which dramatically raises the level of automation and built-in knowledge available in a programming language, and makes possible a new generation of readily deployed computational applications.