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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.

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Bohemian Reality: Searching for a Quantum Connection to Consciousness
Is there are sweet spot where artificial intelligence systems could have the maximum amount of consciousness while retaining powerful quantum properties?

Quantum Replicants: Should future androids dream of quantum sheep?
To build the ultimate artificial mimics of real life systems, we may need to use quantum memory.

Painting a QBist Picture of Reality
A radical interpretation of physics makes quantum theory more personal.

The Spacetime Revolutionary
Carlo Rovelli describes how black holes may transition to "white holes," according to loop quantum gravity, a radical rewrite of fundamental physics.

Riding the Rogue Quantum Waves
Could giant sea swells help explain how the macroscopic world emerges from the quantum microworld? (Image credit: MIT News)

March 25, 2017

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The FQXi May 31, 2016 Podcast features:
  • Happy 10th Birthday FQXi! & News Round-Up
  • Quantum Collapse
  • The Big Picture
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Happy 10th Birthday FQXi! & News Round-Up
FQXi's director Anthony Aguirre joins us to celebrate a decade of the Foundational Questions Institute. In the news round-up, Zeeya, Brendan and Anthony talk about quantum satellites, exoplanets and sending nanoships to Alpha Centauri -- and discuss whether governments, charitable foundations like FQXi or individuals should be responsible for funding physics research.
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Quantum Collapse
Physicist Catalina Curceanu discusses experiments to test collapse models -- rivals to quantum theory that explain how the macroscopic world arises from the the microscopic -- with reporter Carinne Piekema.
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The Big Picture
Cosmologist Sean Carroll talks about how space and time emerge from quantum theory, and about his new book, with reporter Sophie Hebden.
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