Author Archives: Lex Fridman

#122 – David Fravor: UFOs, Aliens, Fighter Jets, and Aerospace Engineering

David Fravor is a navy pilot of 18 years and a primary witness in one of the most credible UFO sightings in history, video of which has been released by the Pentagon and reported on by the NY Times.

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OUTLINE:
00:00 – Introduction
07:13 – Top Gun
12:06 – Navy pilot career
24:14 – AI is the third brain of a jet fighter
40:37 – Sully
47:34 – Landing a jet fighter on a carrier
53:18 – What’s it like to fly a jet fighter?
1:05:22 – Greatest plane ever made
1:11:04 – The Tic Tac UFO story
1:49:16 – Intelligent extraterrestrial life
1:53:30 – Why aren’t UFOs investigated more seriously
1:59:52 – Tic Tac UFO details
2:07:55 – What do you think the Tic Tac was?
2:16:23 – SpaceX
2:30:01 – Response to Mick West Debunking
2:48:24 – Was the Tic Tac a secret military test?
3:00:07 – Is the government in possession of alien spacecraft?
3:25:28 – Interesting UFO sightings in history
3:39:55 – Advice for Young People
3:47:47 – Meaning of life

Lex Solo #3 – In Memory of My Grandmother

My attempt to find the words to honor my grandmother, an amazing woman who is responsible for much of who I am, who taught me how to be a man, taught me about strength, about wisdom, about compassion, about love.

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OUTLINE:
00:00 – In memory of my grandmother
02:00 – Lesson 1: Mental Toughness
04:31 – Lesson 2: Strength
07:25 – Lesson 3: Wisdom
08:46 – Lesson 4: Believe in Yourself
12:13 – Lesson 5: Love
15:37 – Poem

#121 – Eugenia Kuyda: Friendship with an AI Companion

Eugenia Kuyda co-founder of Replika, an AI companion. Please check out our sponsors to get a discount and to support this podcast:
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OUTLINE:
00:00 – Introduction
06:18 – Loneliness
13:54 – Can AI alleviate loneliness?
18:13 – Love
20:49 – Russia in the 1990’s
31:47 – Chernobyl
41:35 – Communism
49:21 – Losing a friend
57:55 – Mortality
1:10:41 – Replika origin story
1:59:37 – Bringing people back to life with AI
2:05:37 – Relationship with Replika
2:18:27 – Can you form a connection with text alone?
2:27:45 – Does an AI companion need a body?
2:30:20 – Her
2:37:24 – GPT-3 for conversation
2:43:48 – We should be nice to AI
2:46:52 – Book recommendations
2:53:45 – Russian language
2:58:41 – Meaning of life

Lex Solo #2 – The Future of Neuralink

My thoughts on 8 possible long-term futures of Neuralink after attending the August 2020 progress update. This is a solo episode #2 of the podcast. Hopefully it’s interesting to some folks. The aim is for these episodes to be focused on a particular topic, at times challenging, at times personal, at times exciting to me on a technical and philosophical level like the episode today.

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OUTLINE:
00:00 – Introduction
04:42 – 1. Alleviating Suffering
07:25 – 2. Consciousness and Intelligence
11:39 – 3. Augmented Body, Mind, and Reality
13:42 – 4. Gaming & Virtual Reality
16:25 – 5. Merging Tech & Biology
19:40 – 6. Telepathy
22:58 – 7. Memories & Immortality
28:04 – 8. Merging with AI

#120 – François Chollet: Measures of Intelligence

François Chollet is an AI researcher at Google and creator of Keras.

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On the Measure of Intelligence (paper): https://arxiv.org/abs/1911.01547

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OUTLINE:
00:00 – Introduction
05:04 – Early influence
06:23 – Language
12:50 – Thinking with mind maps
23:42 – Definition of intelligence
42:24 – GPT-3
53:07 – Semantic web
57:22 – Autonomous driving
1:09:30 – Tests of intelligence
1:13:59 – Tests of human intelligence
1:27:18 – IQ tests
1:35:59 – ARC Challenge
1:59:11 – Generalization
2:09:50 – Turing Test
2:20:44 – Hutter prize
2:27:44 – Meaning of life

#119 – David Eagleman: Neuroplasticity and the Livewired Brain

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Stanford.

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OUTLINE:
00:00 – Introduction
05:05 – Livewired
16:39 – Hardware vs software
25:53 – Brain-computer interfaces
35:12 – 2020 is a challenge for neuroplasticity
46:08 – Free will
50:43 – Nature of evil
58:55 – Psychiatry
1:06:28 – GPT-3
1:13:31 – Intelligence in the brain
1:21:51 – Neosensory
1:31:27 – Book recommendations
1:34:07 – Meaning of life
1:36:53 – Advice for young people

New Name: Lex Fridman Podcast

New podcast name. New Russian hitman thumbnail. Everything else stays the same. AI is still my passion, but this gives me a bit more freedom to talk to interesting folks from all over. Thanks for the support & the love.

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#118 – Grant Sanderson: Math, Manim, Neural Networks & Teaching with 3Blue1Brown

Grant Sanderson is a math educator and creator of 3Blue1Brown.

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OUTLINE:
00:00 – Introduction
05:13 – Richard Feynman
09:41 – Learning deeply vs broadly
13:56 – Telling a story with visualizations
18:43 – Topology
23:52 – Intuition about exponential growth
32:28 – Elon Musk’s exponential view of the world
40:09 – SpaceX and space exploration
45:28 – Origins of the Internet
49:50 – Does teaching on YouTube get lonely?
54:31 – Daily routine
1:00:20 – Social media
1:10:38 – Online education in a time of COVID
1:27:03 – Joe Rogan moving to Spotify
1:32:09 – Neural networks
1:38:30 – GPT-3
1:46:52 – Manim
1:51:01 – Python
1:56:21 – Theory of everything
2:03:53 – Meaning of life

#117 – Sheldon Solomon: Death and Meaning

Sheldon Solomon is a social psychologist, a philosopher, co-developer of Terror Management Theory, co-author of The Worm at the Core.

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OUTLINE:
00:00 – Introduction
05:34 – Role of death in life
22:57 – Jordan Peterson
53:02 – Humans are both selfish and cooperative
56:57 – Civilization collapse
1:10:07 – Meditating on your mortality
1:16:10 – Kierkegaard and Heidegger
1:33:25 – Elon Musk
1:36:56 – Thinking deeply about death
1:45:53 – Religion
1:56:59 – Consciousness
2:03:39 – Why is Ernest Becker not better known
2:07:09 – AI and mortality
2:21:07 – Academia should welcome renegade thinkers
2:36:33 – Book recommendations
2:43:23 – Advice for young people
2:48:17 – Meaning of life

#116 – Sara Seager: Search for Planets and Life Outside Our Solar System

Sara Seager is a planetary scientist at MIT, known for her work on the search for exoplanets.

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OUTLINE:
00:00 – Introduction
05:32 – Falling in love with the stars
09:55 – Are we alone in the universe?
15:27 – Seager equation for number of habitable planets
27:48 – Exoplanets
34:44 – Earth-like exoplanets
40:43 – Intelligent life
52:34 – Number of planets per star
55:09 – Space exploration
57:36 – Traveling to Proxima Centauri
1:00:52 – Starshade
1:07:34 – Using the sun as a gravitational lens
1:09:44 – Starshot
1:12:45 – Rogue planets
1:15:44 – The Smallest Lights in the Universe
1:30:15 – Book recommendations
1:37:48 – Advice for a young person
1:39:29 – Meaning of life