The End of the Universe According to Monkeys

On a recently podcast episode of The Infinite Monkey Cage, guest Brian Green made a claim that suggested if we were to wait long enough (and able to see the end of the universe) that a brain would manifest itself in space. Here's the transcript I took from the audio, around the 17min40sec mark. "[...]... Continue Reading →

Consciousness and Bats

I just downloaded a book by Annaka Harris titled, "Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind". Unlike her husbands book, "Waking Up: A Guide to Spiritually Without Religion" - her book seems more digestible. Right off the bat (no pun intended), like a seasoned author, she defines what she is discussing.... Continue Reading →

The 3 Factions of Artificial Intelligence

“Hydrogen…, given enough time, turns into people." -Edward Robert Harrison, 1995 There isn't a consensus on the When and What of AI. When will this change happen (if ever)? What will this change mean for the future of humans? According the physicist and cosmologist, Max Tegmark - author of Life 3.0: Being Human in the... Continue Reading →

A Message From Outer Space

"Do not answer. DO NOT ANSWER. DO. NOT. ANSWER." _____ Imagine yourself in the not-so-distant-future, you're in a laboratory late at night. You're tired, cold, and hungry from working ungodly hours - testing, upgrading, and testing - same old system maintenance. All of sudden, on one of the monitors - large, green text starts scrolling... Continue Reading →

The Three Body Problem Sci-fi Sensation

I recently came across one of the coolest sci-fi books ever: Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu. https://twitter.com/northerwild/status/1132130924957765632 https://twitter.com/northerwild/status/1132487046990311424 "Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Lex Fridman

"I'm a research scientist at MIT, working on human-centered AIand autonomous vehicles. Also, I teach courses on deep learning. Connect with me (@lexfridman) onTwitter, LinkedIn, Medium, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Besides research and teaching, I enjoy playing guitar, practicing jiu jitsu, and engaging in deep meaningful conversations including on podcasts both as a guest (e.g., Joe Rogan Experience) and as a host (e.g., Artificial Intelligence podcast... Continue Reading →

Deepfakes, National Security, and Steve Buscemi

Ever heard of Deepfakes? According to CNN: "Deepfake video is hyper-realistic manipulated video made using artificial intelligence technology. Deepfakes can be so convincing it can be difficult to determine what has been manipulated and what has not." (link) So why are people freaking out about Deepfakes? "An increasing number of lawmakers are warning that a... Continue Reading →

Worlds Beyond Our Own

Some cool things about science: Rigorous testing methods ensure accuracy of hypothesis and observationScientists are okay with being wrong about their predictionsA healthy mix of curiosity and skepticism keeps the scientific community accountable All these things considered, I am quite excited to hear about new scientific discoveries from many different science disciplines, such as (but... Continue Reading →

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