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Lockdown Lab Life
Grounded physicists are exploring the use of online and virtual-reality conferencing, and AI-controlled experiments, to maintain social distancing. Post-pandemic, these positive innovations could make science more accessible and environmentally-friendly.

Is Causality Fundamental?
Untangling how the human perception of cause-and-effect might arise from quantum physics, may help us understand the limits and the potential of AI.

Building Agency in the Biology Lab
Physicists are using optogenetics techniques to make a rudimentary agent, from cellular components, which can convert measurements into actions using light.

Think Quantum to Build Better AI
Investigating how quantum memory storage could aid machine learning and how quantum interactions with the environment may have played a role in evolution.

Outside the Box
A proposed quantum set-up that could predict your game-playing strategy resurrects Newcomb’s classic quiz show paradox.

August 7, 2020

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The FQXi August 31, 2015 Podcast features:
  • Hawking Claims to Solve Black Hole Paradox & Spookiness Confirmed in a Loophole-free Test
  • Einstein Causes Quantum Collapse?
  • Saving the World in 5 Simple Steps
  • Quantum Thermodynamics
  • The Physics Filmmaker
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Hawking Claims to Solve Black Hole Paradox & Spookiness Confirmed in a Loophole-free Test
Zeeya Merali & Brendan Foster round up the top physics news of August: Stephen Hawking works out how to escape from a black hole, & quantum spookiness is confirmed in the toughest experiment yet. Featuring quantum physicist Matt Leifer.
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Einstein Causes Quantum Collapse?
Quantum physicist Igor Pikovski talks about the possibility that the relativistic effect of time dilation destroys quantum states, causing the transition from the quantum to the classical world -- along with tests that could prove it -- with reporter Carinne Piekema.
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Saving the World in 5 Simple Steps
Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder describes her plan to rescue human civilization, through gamification of choice-making, to Brendan Foster.
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Quantum Thermodynamics
Quantum physicist Jonathan Oppenheim talks about a unifying framework of physics that would anticipate the next big technological revolution, with Colin Stuart.
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The Physics Filmmaker
Dagomir Kaszlikowski describes his quest to bring quantum theory to the public through fiction in movies to Brendan Foster.
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I agree that the nature will take always the road if we cannot solve or if we disappear, but we have the possibility to solve.

Hawking genious is solving problems about black holes that do not exist.

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