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The FQXi podcast brings you the latest ideas in foundational physics and cosmology—and includes interviews with our members and other leading scientists. It's hosted by Zeeya Merali and Brendan Foster. You can contact us at, and follow us on twitter: @FQXi. The podcast is produced by Zeeya, and music is provided by Baltimore-based Diefenbaker.

Frank DiMeglio: "WE WANT TO BALANCE BEING AND EXPERIENCE. Full inertia is fully invisible..." in Physics of the Observer -...

Eckard Blumschein: "Kuepfmueller's 1924 uncertainty refers to two different values either 1 or..." in The Quantum Reality...

Joe Fisher: "I know for an absolute fact that I can prove that the real unique Universe..." in The Quantum Reality...

Pentcho Valev: "Deleted. FQXi is FQXi. Pentcho Valev" in The Perfect Physics...

Eckard Blumschein: "Because a post by Pentcho Valev mentioned "the Observer" it could be of..." in The Perfect Physics...

Georgina Woodward: "Re. sequential change in relations and configurations within the Object..." in Alternative Models of...

Georgina Woodward: "Attached is an improved table of intrinsic qualities and derived..." in Alternative Models of...

Steve Dufourny: "Now of course, if they exist these gravitons and that our quantum serie..." in “Spookiness”...

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The Quantum Reality Paradox
How the search for God’s limits led to the discovery of quantum contextuality—a weird phenomenon that could provide the 'magic' needed for super-fast computing.

Quantum Cybernetics
The quest for a meta-theory of quantum control that could one day explain physical systems, certain biological phenomena—and maybe even politics.

Video Article: Solar-System-Sized Experiment to Put Time to the Test
Is quantum theory or relativity right about the nature of time? Bouncing radar beams off the moons of Jupiter just might help sort things out.

Conjuring a Neutron Star from a Nanowire
Using tiny mechanical devices to create accelerations equivalent to 100 million times the Earth’s gravitational field—mimicking the arena of quantum gravity in the lab.

Inferring the Limits on Reality (that Even the Gods Must Obey)
The fuzziness of the quantum realm could arise from mathematical restrictions on what can ever be known.

November 28, 2015

Complete Podcast
The FQXi November 9, 2015 Podcast features:
  • FQXi Grant & Neutrino Prizes
  • A Cosmic Test for Time
  • Existential Risk
  • Thunderbirds Meets Quantum Physics
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FQXi Grant & Neutrino Prizes
In this week's news round-up, Zeeya & Brendan discuss the launch of FQXi's $2million grant round, Physics of the Observer, & the Nobel and Breakthrough Prizes in Physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations--with help from astrophysicist Katie Mack.
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A Cosmic Test for Time
A solar-system-sized experiment to test the nature of time: is time malleable, as general relativity suggests, or uncertain, as quantum mechanics asserts? SETI scientist Laurance Doyle describes his plans to bounce radar from the moons of Jupiter to reporter John Farrell.
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Existential Risk
Nick Bostrom of the Future of Humanity Institute assesses the risks of a global catastrophe that could wipe out life, either from natural or human-induced environmental disasters or machine intelligence, synthetic biology, or nanotechnology that has got out of hand. With reporter Carinne Piekema.
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Thunderbirds Meets Quantum Physics
Particle physicist Ben Still chats about his beginner's guide to understanding the subatomic world -- as told by Brains, of the 1960s science fiction series Thunderbirds -- with reporter Sophie Hebden.
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That is a salient point, to my level of understanding. Though non-formal and unstructured, I have probably read more widely in various fields of psychology than physics. It was a necessity, no need to go there. But the argument of complex molecular structures being a requirement of creative intelligence does find corroboration in recent neuroscience advances. One item I can immediately think of is the finding that impulses from individual rods and cones of the human retina, each...


Don’t worry: there can be no actual AI; and don’t worry about the worldwide web either – no spontaneous AI event is going to happen.

The necessary physically-observable correlates of high-level information/intelligence are very complex molecules that “talk to each other” organism-wide. But the arid innards of a computer/robot show that nothing high-level is happening: only low-level particle, atom and molecule information interactions are occurring.



I tend to agree with your worry about the people behind the robotics. For own convenience of interconnectivity and immediate gratification in communication we have produced a synchroneous worldwide web operating on an international time signal like a heartbeat. That portends a spontaneous artificial intelligence that many do worry about, but what makes that worrisome is that at the bottom of the barrel in programming is that computers 'trend'. That is; if after a set number of...

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