#16 – Stuart Hameroff on Quantum Biology of Consciousness

In Algo Podcast Episode 16, Stuart Hameroff and Amjad Hussain discuss Quantum Biology of Consciousness.

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0:00 Introduction
4:41 Chalmers’ Hard Problem
7:10 Microtubules & Brain Consciousness
10:29 How to explain consciousness
13:01 Measurement Problem in Quantum Mechanics
16:18 Roger Penrose – Defining Superposition using General Relativity Theory
18:30 Generating Conscious Experience – Self Collapse of the Wave Function
20:13 Meaningless universe without consciousness
23:16 Going inside the neuron for consciousness
24:21 Memory in microtubules
26:23 Consciousness preceded life
28:57 Cognition vs. consciousness
29:39 Perceiving pain & anesthesia
34:09 Chronic pain vs. acute pain
35:36 How anesthesia works
40:34 Lipid Theory
41:30 Proteins bound by anesthetics
42:45 Anesthetics dampening quantum oscillations
45:01 Only consciousness has highly organized quantum processes
45:46 Why are only certain parts of the brain conscious?
50:26 Microtubules in the body
53:56 How anesthesia impacts pyramidal cells
57:03 Is consciousness in the cell body of a neuron and/or wiring of the brain?
1:02:14 How quantum brain biology can rescue conscious free will
1:03:25 Stuart Hameroff & Roger Penrose’s Future Plans
1:04:59 Consciousness is interdisciplinary
1:05:31 Maurits Cornelis Escher
1:06:00 Microtubules are like deep learning
1:06:57 Quantum Computing
1:07:48 Looking for organic molecules in asteroids
1:08:40 Astrobiology & Astroconsciousness
1:09:38 Structures for artificial neurons
1:11:31 Consciousness Engineering Research Groups
1:12:44 Recent & Upcoming Conferences
1:19:10 Can non-life forms be conscious?
1:20:59 Organic Chemistry
1:21:49 Consciousness – materialism vs. idealism
1:24:34 Physics leads to materialism
1:25:20 Advice for research groups
1:28:24 How to know if a machine is conscious

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People are either talking about artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, deep learning, etc. in a very technical way or not at all. Having studied Computer Science and Advanced Analytics and created an AI – advanced analytics supply chain company, I understand first-hand how valuable the field is, but not everyone does. I want to change that. We can all learn principles of AI and implement them in very practical ways. Whether you want to automate a part of your business or create a new business altogether, AI can help you. My goal through this podcast is to simplify AI.

Calling it a podcast gives you a broad understanding of how we’ll communicate, but the format will be much more engaging than just audio. However, you can listen to AI Simplified like a traditional podcast too.

Amjad Hussain
Founder + Chief Executive Officer, Algo

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portrait of Amjad Hussain, one of the author for Algo podcast and the CEO of Algo


Combining human centered AI with deep domain expertise, Algo’s analytics enriched supply chain intelligence platform helps suppliers and retailers plan, collaborate, simulate and execute a more efficient supply chain.

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